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Five New Stops Added to World Poker Tour Season XIII Schedule

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Five events have been added to the 2015 Main Tour of the World Poker Tour. The WPT is currently in its 13th season. From February 5th-11th, 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open will put the heat on with the WPT returning to the Seminole Hard Rock for the $5 million guarantee WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown from April 16th-22nd.

The WPT will run main events at the Commerce Casino, Bay 101 Casino, and Thunder Valley Casino Resort as it completes a "California Swing" from the Seminole Hard Rock before it returns. The five new stops:

  • Lucky Hearts Poker Open — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, February 5th-11th, 2015
  • L.A. Poker Classic — Commerce Casino, February 28th-March 5th, 2015
  • Bay 101 Shooting Star — Bay 101 Casino, March 9th-13th, 2015
  • Rolling Thunder — Thunder Valley Casino Resort, March 14th-18th, 2015
  • Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown* — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, April 16th-22th, 2015

A development that will spike up the competition is a leaderboard for the three-event WPT California Swing portion of the tour. A player that takes the lead in points at the culmination of those stops is going to receive the following:

  • A six-night stay at the Crowne Plaza, along with complimentary ground transportation, a massage at the Meridian Spa for the Season XIV WPT L.A. Poker Classic;
  • Shooting Star status and complimentary air travel from Los Angeles or Las Vegas for the Season XIV WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star;
  • Up to five-nights' stay in a suite and a $500 room credit for the Season XIV WPT Rolling Thunder.

“With Season XIII underway, I’m already looking forward to the second half of the schedule," Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tournament Director, said. "Soon enough the WPT Player of the Year race will heat up, and we’ll see the best players in the game travel to all of the premiere properties on the World Poker Tour and compete on the biggest stages in poker. I will once again be the tournament director of the California Swing, which was won by Michael Rocco in Season XII. Michael will enjoy several special amenities during the three Main Events this season, including 10 nights free accommodation at the Commerce Casino’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, a one-way private jet to San Jose from either Los Angeles or Las Vegas and Shooting Star status at Bay 101, and up to five nights in a free suite at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort with $500 in food and beverage credits during WPT Rolling Thunder.”

Season XIII will conclude at Borgata with the $15,400 buy-in WPT World Championship from April 24-29, 2015. In Season XII, Keven Stammen topped a field of 328 entries to win the WPT World Championship for $1.35 million, besting Byron Kaverman in heads-up play.

Here's a look at the entire WPT Season XIII schedule:

Sept. 14-19, 2014Borgata Poker Open*Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaAtlantic City, NJ$3,500
Sept. 21, 2014Monster Invitational*Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaAtlantic City, NJInvitational
Oct. 1-5, 2014National ValkenburgHolland CasinoValkenburg, Netherlands€550
Oct. 6-7, 2014Alpha8 LondonPalm Beach Casino Mayfair LondonLondon, England£60,000
Oct. 9-12, National MarrakechCasino De MarrakechHivemage, Marrakech13,200 DH
Oct. 16-19, National BarcelonaCasino BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain€550
Oct. 18-28, 2014National PhilippinesSolaire Resort & CasinoManila Bay, the Philippines$2,200
Oct. 21-25, 2014partypoker National ViennaCasiono MontesinoVienna, Austria€1,100
Oct. 24-27, 2014National BrusselsGrand Casino Brussels ViageBrussels, Belgium€750
Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2014National ChinaMGM Grand SanyaSanya, China$1,600
Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2014Gioco National VeniceCasino di Venezia Ca NogheraVenice, Italy€990
Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014DeepStacks San DiegoOcean’s ElevenSan Diego, CA$1,100
Nov. 2-3, 2014Alpha8 St. Kitts*Royal Beach CasinoChristophe Harbour, St. Kitts$100,000
Nov. 3-7, 2014CaribbeanCasino RoyaleMaho Bay, St. Maarten$3,500
Nov. 7-11, 2014bestbet Bounty Scramble*Bestbet JacksonvilleJacksonville, Florida$5,000
Nov. 11-16, 2014partypoker presents: WPT500 at Dusk Till DawnDusk Till Dawn Casino & PokerNottingham, England£500
Nov. 18-23, 2014partypoker UKDusk Till Dawn Casino & PokerNottingham, England£3,000
Nov. 13-16, 2014Emperors Palace Poker ClassicEmperors Palace Hotel CasinoJohannesburg, South Africa$3,500
Nov. 20-26, 2014partypoker Montreal*Playground Poker ClubKahnawake QC, Canada$3,850
Dec. 4-7, National ParisCercle Clichy MontmartreParis, France€1,200
Dec. 15-20, 2014Five Diamond World Poker Classic*BellagioLas Vegas, NV$10,400
Dec. 18-20, 2014Alpha8 Las Vegas*BellagioLas Vegas, NV$100,000
Jan. 25-30, 2015Borgata Winter Poker Open*Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaAtlantic City, NJ$3,500
Feb. 5-11, 2015Lucky Hearts Poker OpenSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoHollywood, FL$3,500
Feb. 28-Mar. 5, 2015L.A. Poker Classic*Commerce CasinoCommerce, CA$10,000
Mar. 9-13, 2015Bay 101 Shooting Star*Bay 101 CasinoSan Jose, CA$7,500
Mar. 14-18, 2015Rolling ThunderThunder Valley Casino ResortLincoln, CA$3,500
Apr. 16-22, 2015Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown*Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoHollywood, FL$3,500
Apr. 24-29, 2015World Championship*Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaAtlantic City, NJ$15,400

*Denotes televised event

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