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WPT Online WOC Announces Leaderboards and Changes
The World Poker Tour’s largest online poker adventure yet is scheduled to begin in just a few days. The WPT World Online Championships (WOC) will kick off on Saturday, July 18, on PartyPoker. And its numerous WPT-branded tournaments will run through Wednesday, September 16.
In the days and weeks leading up to the series, PartyPoker announced a schedule change regarding the Main Event and a charity tournament. The World Poker Tour also announced two online poker leaderboard competitions and some special partners that will add prizes for the biggest event winners.
Leaderboards to Award $100K
The WPT WOC consists of 12 primary tournament events with the WPT name, and each of them will offer three buy-ins levels – the main one, a mini buy-in, and a micro. There will be other tournaments on PartyPoker around the series, but these primary tournaments will be the World Poker Tour’s focus.
With that in mind, the WPT announced two leaderboard competitions to reward players who do well throughout the series.
The Player of the Championship leaderboard will reward the players who compete in events with buy-ins of $300 and up with $75K in prizes.
When the series wraps, the top finisher on that leaderboard will win $50K, with the other $25K divided amongst the other players in the top ten.
The Rising Star leaderboard is the one for players in events with buy-ins of less than $300. The WPT set aside $25K for this competition. The winner will receive $10K, with the other top finishers sharing the other $15K.
Partners Join Online with Prizes
Two of the primary sponsors of the World Poker Tour’s live events – before Covid-19 changed everything and put live poker on hold for the indefinite future – were Hublot and Baccarat Crystal.
Hublot is a Swiss watch company that produces luxury timepieces, and WPT champions have received them for several years. Baccarat is a French crystal manufacturer that presented luxury crystal pieces to WPT champs.
Both of those partners decided to sign on to do the same for some of the WPT winners during the World Online Championships. The prizes will be awarded as follows:
- Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium watch (valued at $7,500 each) to winners of each of the four $3,200 buy-in WPT Main Events (6-Max, 8-Max, Mix-Max, and Knockout events)
- Hublot Big Bang timepiece (valued at $15K) to winner of $10K buy-in WPT WOC Main Event
- Baccarat Crystal Everyday Baccarat tumblers to each of the WPT Main Event winners
There will also be a virtual toast via Zoom with every one of those WPT champions, sponsored by Baccarat.
Charity Tournament Addition
After the WPT and PartyPoker released the original schedule, they both added a charity component. The Shooting Stars for Charity tournament will play out on July 29 and July 30. The $1,100 buy-in tournament will guarantee $500K in the prize pool.
The $100 from each buy-in will go directly to a charity called 1 Day Sooner via the WPT Foundation.
The organization is solely dedicated to finding a vaccine for Covid-19 through human challenge trials. With more than 31,000 volunteers in 140 countries – numbers that are growing daily – 1 Day Sooner believes that human trials are the most effective and expedient way to find a vaccine for this disease that is now a global pandemic.
Numerous celebrities, including many poker pros, will compete with $500 bounties on their virtual heads. In addition, there will be livestreams on the PartyPoker Twitch account and other partner channels.
Main Event Date Change
Originally, the WPT Main Event was scheduled to start on the weekend of August 29-30. However, the WSOP 2020 Online series on GGPoker is hosting its WSOP Main Event on that weekend, complete with a $25K prize pool guarantee. And Rob Yong of PartyPoker wanted to respect that tournament, so he and the WPT moved the WPT WOC Main Event to the first weekend in September.
The Micro Main Event ($109 buy-in) and Mini Main Event ($1,050 buy-in) will both remain on the schedule for August 29 through September 1. The $10K buy-in WPT WOC Main Event, however, will play out September 5-9 as follows:
- September 5: $10K Main Event Day 1A
- September 6: $10K Main Event Day 1B
- September 7: Day 2 for all surviving players
- September 8: Day 3 to play to the final table
- September 9: Final table
It should be noted that $10K WPT Main Event has a $10 million guarantee.
New WPT WOC Schedule
This is the new schedule, per PartyPoker. Some events changed dates, and some also changed event numbers.
- Event 1 (Jul 18-21): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT PLO Hi-Lo ($50K / $150K / $500K GTD)
- Event 2 (Jul 25-28): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT PLO ($100K / $300K / $1M GTD)
- Event 3 (Aug 1-4): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE 8-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
- Event 4 (Aug 8-11): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE 6-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
- Event 5 (Aug 15-18): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Knockout ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
- Event 6 (Aug 22-25): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Mix-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
- Event 7 (Aug 29-Sep 1): $109 / $1,100 WPT Micro/Mini NLHE Main Event ($1M / $5M GTD)
- Event 8 (Sep 2-3): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Heads-Up ($20K / $100K / $500K GTD)
- Event 9 (Sep 5-8): $10,300 WPT NLHE Main Event ($10M GTD)
- Event 10 (Sep 8): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Turbo ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
- Event 11 (Sep 12-15): $25,500 WPT NLHE High Roller ($10M GTD)
- Event 12 (Sep 16-17): $102K WPT NLHE Super High Roller ($5M GTD)