WPT brings back the Main Tour for 2021

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on January 5, 2021 8:27 pm EST

Both live and online events on tap for the World Poker Tour flagship

December’s WPT Online Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network played out as a landmark event in the history of the World Poker Tour.

Not only was the New Jersey-only tournament the first-ever online event in the lifetime of the WPT Main Tour, but it also marked the return of the Main Tour after a nine-month hiatus due to COVID-19 implications.

Tournament players looking to have their names etched on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup won’t have to wait another nine months for another crack at a Main Tour championship. Following the success of the Online Poker Open, the WPT Main Tour continues rolling through the first half of 2021.

Upcoming World Poker Tour Main Tour Events

EventDatesVenue/Online Site
WPT Montreal OnlineJan. 15-27partypoker (international)
WPT Lucky Hearts Poker OpenJan. 22-26Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood (Hollywood, FL)
WPT RussiaFeb. 19-28Casino Sochi (Sochi, Russia)
WPT at VenetianMarch 5-9The Venetian (Las Vegas, NV)
WPT Online Series by partypokerMay 2021*partypoker (international)
*Provisional dates; details TBA

WPT Main Tour continues online-only events

The online-only format of December’s partypoker US Network won’t be the only time the WPT takes the Main Tour online. The partypoker international client hosts the WPT Montreal Online Jan. 15-17.

The tournament comes at a $3,200 buy-in with $2 million guaranteed. Day 1a kicks off Jan. 17, followed by Day 1b Jan. 24.

The surviving players from those flights will return on Jan. 25, with the tournament crowning a champion on Jan. 27.

Another online-only event, the WPT Online Series by partypoker, is slated for May, with dates and other specifics to be announced.

WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Florida’s poker rooms have established the state as the east coast hub for live tournament poker in the US. The annual WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event returns for its regular stop at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Jan. 22-26.

The $3,500, $1 million guaranteed Main Event caps off the Lucky Hearts Poker Open festival, which runs at the Hollywood, FL poker room Jan. 14-26.

WPT Russia

The Main Tour’s return to the international live poker scene commences in Sochi, Russia in February. The WPT Russia by partypoker LIVE festival takes place at Casino Sochi from Feb. 19-28.

Buy-in, prize pool and exact dates for the Main Event of the WPT Russia by partypoker LIVE series have yet to be announced.

WPT at The Venetian

The WPT stops by the Venetian twice in the first three months of 2021. Following a WPT DeepStacks series in January, the WPT comes back to the Las Vegas Strip poker room for WPT at The Venetian March 5-9.

The March stop plays as a Main Tour event, with a $5,000 buy-in and $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool.

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