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2013 World Poker Tour Schedule Unveiled

As the 2012 tournament poker schedule winds down the World Poker Tour has released their schedule for 2013, which currently includes eight official WPT stops as well as eight National Series stops across Europe. The schedule covers the remainder of Season XI, coming to a close with the annual $25k WPT Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will once again feature a $100k buy-in Super-High-Roller tournament.

“By working with a combination of existing and new partners throughout Season XI, WPT is constantly seeking to provide players around the world with access to high-quality tournaments and one-of-a-kind poker experiences that no one else can offer,” said WPT CEO, Steve Heller.“After first-ever stops in Johannesburg, South Africa and Sanya, China in 2012 – along with repeat visits to popular venues such as Aviation Club de France in Paris and Bellagio in Las Vegas –it’s obvious that World Poker Tour remains the best choice for players who want to maximize the value of their tournament buy-in while also being able to compete against world-class competition on one of the biggest stages in the game today.”

All of the remaining tournaments with the exceptions of the WPT LA Poker Classic and the WPT $25k Championship will allow reentries, a format that has reinvigorated the tournament poker world after the devastation wrought by Black Friday.

Here is a look at the full WPT schedule for the first half of 2013 and the WPT National Series schedule for the same time frame:

Tournament Name Hosting Casino / Location Date Buy-In + Entry Fee Guarantee & Sponsor
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open(Live Stream) Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey Jan 27 – Feb 1, 2013 $3,300 + $200 = $3,500 $2,000,000
WPT Lucky Hearts
Poker Open (Live Stream)
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida Feb 8 – Feb 12, 2013 $3,250 + $175 + $75 = $3,500 $750,000
PartyPoker WPT Vienna
(Live Stream)
Montesino Casino, Vienna, Austria Feb 18 – Feb 23, 2013 €3,200 +€300 = €3,500 PartyPoker
WPT L.A. Poker Classic (TV) Commerce Casino, Commerce, California Feb 23 – Feb 28, 2013 $9,600 + $400 = $10,000 ClubWPT
WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (TV) Bay 101 Casino, San Jose, California March 4 – March 8, 2013 $7,150 – $350 = $7,500 ClubWPT
PartyPoker WPT Barcelona
(Live Stream)
Casino Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain April 5 – April 10, 2013 €3,200 + €300 =€3,500 PartyPoker
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown (TV) Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida April 11 – April 16, 2013 $4,700 +$150 + $150 = $5,000 ClubWPT
WPT World Championship (TV) Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada May 18 – May 24, 2013 $25,000 + $500 = $25,500 TBD
WPT Super High Roller Championship (TV) Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada May 21 – May 23, 2013 $100,000 TBD


Tournament Name Hosting Casino / Location Date Buy-In + Entry Fee Guarantee & Sponsor
PKR WPT National: Dublin
(Live Stream)
CityWest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland Jan 3 – Jan 6, 2013 €1,200 +€120 = €1,320 PKR
PartyPoker WPT National: Paris
(Live Stream)
Aviation Club de France, Paris, France Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2013 €1,500 + €150 = €1,650 PartyPoker
Win2Day WPT National: Brussels
(Live Stream)
Grand Casino, Brussels, Belgium Feb 14 – Feb 18, 2013 €1,500 + €150 = €1,650 Win2Day
WPT National: Cyprus
(Live Stream)
Merit Grand Casino, Cyprus March 1 – March 5, 2013 $2,000 + $200 = $2,200
PMU WPT National: Mauritius
(Live Stream)
Ti Vegas Casino, Mauritius March 5 – March 10, 2013 €1,360 + €140 = €1,500 PMU
PartyPoker WPT National: Cannes
(Live Stream)
Le Croisette Casino, Cannes, France April 11 – April 15, 2013 €1,500 + €150 = €1,650 PartyPoker
PartyPoker WPT National: Marbella
(Live Stream)
Casino Marbella, Spain April 20 – April 25, 2013 €1,500 + €150 =€1,650 PartyPoker
PMU WPT National: Annecy
(Live Stream)
Imperial Casino, d’Annecy, France May 16 – May 20, 2013 €1,500 + €150 = €1,650 PMU

Also check out the games schedule for Titan Poker at its Titan Poker Tournaments page.

Dominik Nitsche Wins WPT South Africa

German poker pro Dominik Nitsche is now just a European Poker Tour (EPT) win away from becoming the latest Triple Crown winner in poker after the rising star won the World Poker Tour (WPT) South Africa Main Event at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino. Nitsche, defeated the 222 player field that included a number of top tournament pros like Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, Joe Cada, Chris Moneymaker, and McLean Karr.

Nitshce entered the final day of the tournament as the chip-leader, holding a sizable lead over the rest of the field, and carried that momentum to the title, defeating Jerome Bradpiece in heads-up play for the title. Bradpiece managed to overtake Nitsche for the chip-lead during the heads-up match, but his run was short-lived as Nitsche came marching back after flopping Top-Pair Top-Kicker with AK; the match ended shortly thereafter with Nitshce’s A4s holding up against Bradpiece’s JTs of the same suit.

Here is a look at the payouts from the final table of the WPT South Africa Main Event:

  1. Dominik Nitsche — $206,153
  2. Jerome Bradpiece — $121,477
  3. William Ross — $80,985
  4. Wesley Weigand — $56,321
  5. Jason Strauss — $41,965
  6. Andrew Anthony — $32,394

The win is the second major tournament victory for Nitsche this year –Nitsche won a $1,000 WSOP event this past summer, collecting over $650k in prize-money—to go along with his Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) victory back in 2009. Nitsche now has over $2.2 million in career tournament earnings.

The World Poker Tour will now return state-side for the Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble, which will take place just after the presidential election, as the Main Event is scheduled for November 9th through the 13th.

Weisner wins $1k tournament in South Africa

Melanie Weisner also picked-up a win during the tournament series, capturing her first live-tournament victory in a $1k side event. Weisner bested a field of 133 players in the 6-Max NLHE tournament, adding over $40,000 to her career tournament winnings.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from that event:

  1. Melanie Weisner — $41,289
  2. Lucien Cohen — $23,866
  3. Edward Pastoll — $15,481
  4. Eric Brand — $10,643
  5. Bennie Lengenfelder — $8,192
  6. Jarred Solomon — $6,385

Weisner has been considered one of the young stars in poker for the past few years, but her struggles at live events has prevented her from really breaking through (Melanie has made many deep runs but seems to always get unlucky with just two or three tables left), hopefully her recent win will get the monkey off her back and we’ll see her at more final tables in the future. Get to know the latest promo on online poker at Titan Poker Promotion page.

WPT Announces Historic Stop in Mainland China

The World Poker Tour is officially putting the word “World” in their name after the announcement on Thursday that the 11 year-old tournament series will be making its first stop in mainland China in Decmeber 2012. The tournament –dubbed the WPT National China tournament– will take place at the MGM Grand Sanya Resort in Sanya, Hainan Island, China from December 14th through the 17th, 2012.

The tournament will be capped at 500 entrants, with the help of the Beijing Ourgame Ltd Corporation, the largest play-money and board game platform in China. According to Bejiing Ourgame Ltd CEO Frank Ng, “Texas hold’em is blooming in China and a total of more than 60,000 Chinese players will be competing in this tournament for the 500 final-round seats. The level of competition, the size of the prize pool, and the excitement the tournament will generate will be unprecedented. This will be a watershed event in China poker history and, hopefully, the first of many events to come.”

“WPT National China Tournament Sanya demonstrates the exploding popularity of WPT National and Regional events, which provide players around the world with the opportunity to compete in affordable, world-class poker tournaments,” said WPT CEO Steve Heller. Heller added, “We are very excited about the potential of this tournament as there are thousands of players in China who aren’t able to play in large tournaments such as this without having to deal with the expense and hassle of traveling out of the country. WPT National China Tournament Sanya is filling a void in the Chinese poker community, and we hope this will be the first of many similar events World Poker Tour will hold in China in coming seasons.”

This could be the first step in truly opening the Asian market up to online poker rooms and poker tours. The Asian market is considered the biggest prize in the industry at the moment with billions of potential players in the region, and with the announcement of a WPT National Series event in China the World Poker Tour seems to have struck the first iron.

The World Poker Tour already has numerous stops in the United States and Europe, as well as stops in South Africa, Canada, and Morocco. Now with the China stop the WPT is truly the first worldwide Poker Tour.

On the flipside, PokerStars runs several independent poker tours that if combined would cover virtually the entire globe as the site sponsors the Latin American Poker Tour, UK Ireland Poker Tour, European Poker Tour, Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

For more information on the WPT China tournament stop you can visit the www.worldpokertour.com website.

Controversial Day at WPT Legends of Poker

The opening day of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event got off to an inauspicious start on Day 1a, as attendance for the $3,500 Main Event failed to even pass the 250 player mark, but perhaps even more discouraging for the tournament was the handling of a minor scuffle between two poker pros that occurred during one of the breaks.

The WPT Legends of Poker was once considered one of the crown jewels on the tournament trail, but faltering attendance and a waning poker economy have seen the tournament reduced from its once prominent place at the top of the poker food chain to just another WPT Main Event. Over the years the tournament has seen its buy-in dwindle down to $3,500 in an effort to attract more players to the Bicycle Casino, but these efforts have fallen short, as indicated by the paltry turnout on Day 1a of the event, which saw just 247 entrants.

Even with reentries allowed on Day 1b, it looks as if the Legends of Poker Main Event is going to fall well short of the tournament’s heyday, when million-dollar first-place prize money was up for grabs and nearly 500 players would enter the then $10,000 buy-in tournament, and this year’s event may even struggle to reach last year’s mark of 757 players.

While the attendance was (as it always is) a major story on Day 1a, perhaps no incident was more talked about than a brief scuffle between Matt Marifioti and Jonathan Aguiar during a break. The two have been at each other’s throat on the online poker forums and Twitter, and their recent hostility has apparently spilled over to the real world. According to an account by Jon Aguiar, Matt Marifioti was in attendance with a bodyguard (Marifioti has been accused of some major online poker cheating allegations in recent weeks) and started yelling at Jonathan Aguiar while maintaining a close proximity to his bodyguard. Aguiar claims he was shoved by Marifioti, but refused to call the incident a fight.

Jonathan Aguiar‏@JonAguiar

It was not a fight, Matt stood 4 feet in front of his bodyguard, started yelling at me, then tried unnecessarily to shove me to the floor

You can read the WPT details on the incident here: http://www.worldpokertour.com/Live_Updates/Live.aspx?q={A8447DF1-DBC4-4F4B-9A12-3E116BE5A8CE}&blogId={339F2839-5077-446A-BAE1-DEF8CF272468}

Both men were taken aside by security and both were allowed to return to the tournament; which prompted some outrage by other poker players on Twitter who feel Marafioti’s act is growing old. Some of the players who chimed in on the incident included Eric Froehlich and Jason Mercier, with Mercier tweeting the following:

Jason Mercier‏@JasonMercier

Retweet if u think adz should get booted from the entire poker community… #whyisheevenhere

Despite the small turnout, there were plenty of big names in the field including Jonathan Little, Tony Dunst, Carlos Mortensen, Erick Lindgren, Doc Sands, Brian Hastings, Galen Hall, Vanessa Selbst, Andy Frankenberger, and Dan Kelly. Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts at the end of Day 1a of the Season XI WPT Legends of Poker:

  1. Michael Lipman — 257,100
  2. Vadim Bulavchik — 242,200
  3. David Marshall — 211,000
  4. Joseph Hunter — 173,700
  5. David Randall — 169,500
  6. Evan Orman — 146,500
  7. Joseph Cheong — 112,500
  8. Dwyte Pilgrim — 106,600
  9. Lee Markholt — 105,400
  10. Madsen — 99,500


Rettenmaier First Back to Back WPT Champion After Cyprus win

If Party Poker was worried that there signing of German poker pro Marvin “Mad Marvin” Rettenmaier wouldn’t pay off in the long-run –considering the young German had never won a major tournament when signed by the site—that is no longer an issue, as Rettenamier has already overproduced for Party Poker basically within a couple days of the site announcing him as a sponsored pro.

Rettenamier was announced as the latest Party Poker Pro back in May during Day 1 of the $25k World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio, and just a week later Rettenmaier won the tournament, one of the most prestigious in all of poker. Now Rettenmaier has won yet another WPT tournament, the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, making him the first person in WPT history to win back-to-back WPT tournaments.

“This is totally mad,” said Rettenmaier. “Now I am heading to Philadelphia to see if I can make it a triple at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic – I have to keep going when things are going this well. I think I need to rebook my flight though [since I’ll miss Day 1A].”

The Merit Cyprus Classic Main Event featured a $4,400 buy-in and attracted a total of 329 players thanks to the two starting days and reentry format the tournament implemented. Among the players that made the trip to the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus were some of the biggest names in poker including former WPT Champions Lukas Berglund, David “Chino” Rheem, Sam El Sayed, Tommy Vedes, and Michael Mizrachi. The Main Event also saw the likes of Erik Cajelais, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Tuan Lee, Chris Moorman, and Dominik Nitsche, as well as the other three Brothers Mizrachi, Eric, Robert and Donny.

Rettenamier ran-over the final table, eliminating all five of his opponents and taking a 4-to-1 chip advantage into heads-up play against Russian tournament director Artur Voskanyan

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic:

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier — $287,784
  2. Artur Voskanyan — $184,020
  3. Ran Azor — $118,360
  4. Victor Parashiv — $87,610
  5. Joseph El Khoury — $65,770
  6. Kiryl Radzivonau — $52,590

Rettenmaier is now one of the winningest players in German history, with close to $3.3 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, placing him in 4th place on the All-time list of German money winners. In between his two WPT victories, Mad Marvin managed to cash six-times in the 2012 WSOP including a 5th place finish in the $5k Mix-Max NLHE event.

Win a seat at WPT Marrakech through Titan Poker


The occasion is a World Poker Tour tournament. The city is Marrakech. The country is Morocco. No matter how you slice it, this is one sweet deal. The tournament is taking place in one of the most beautiful North African cities around. And you can be right there for the dealing of the cards if you win a satellite tournament at Titan Poker.

WPT Marrakech Mania

Satellite Wednesdays

If you are interested in winning a seat at WPT Marrakech through Titan Poker, it would certainly be helpful for you to know which satellite tournaments you should be keeping a lookout for. Well, the super satellites will run on Wednesdays right through to the tournament in October. That means that every Wednesday you’ll have a chance to claim first prize in a satellite tournament and with that first prize claim a seat at the table of the WPT Marrakech.

Prize Package

The satellite tournaments currently going on at Titan Poker for WPT Marrakech are satellite tournaments in every sense of the term. This is because you pay to get into the satellite and the winner take all top prize is actually the satellite prize package that will get you to and through the WPT at Marrakech.

The prize includes the EUR 4500.00 buy-in amount as well as an additional EUR 500.00 that you can use to buy into a side event that will be taking place before the real tournament begins. You’ll also get a stay for eight nights at a hotel in Marrakech with breakfast and dinner included in the price you pay. Finally, you’ll get as much as EUR 650.00 that you can use to book your ticket and make additional expenses when you are actually in the town of Marrakech ready to go. It is one of the best prize packages around these days.

Roland De Wolfe: The Second Man Who Won the Poker Triple Crown

There are only two players who won poker’s Triple Crown – World Poker Tour (WPT) title; European Poker Tour (EPT) title and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Roland de Wolfe is the second man who gained the three titles when he won $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 bracelet this year. He even wore a Union Jack track suit during the final table of the WSOP game to tell the world that he’s proud to be an Englishman.

The first poker pro who won the Triple Crown was Gavin Griffin. He won in $3,000 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em in 2004 to gain his WSOP bracelet; he gained the EPT Grand Final Title in 2007 and he won the WPT Borgata Classic in 2008.

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WPT Super Satelitte Tournament


Niagra Falls, California, Connecticut or Mississippi? It’s YOUR choice!

Now YOU can pick where you want to play Poker. Titan Poker Tournament devision has justed announced a series of WPT Super Satellites, where winners can choose their preferred dates and destination.
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World Poker Tour Legends of Poker 2006

Titan Poker announce today a World Poker Tour – Legends of Poker 2006 Super Satellite tournament awarding one or more skillful players with a seat(s) at the World Poker Tour – Legends of Poker 2006 Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in California in August 2006.

They will be awarding a $12,000 WPT Package (including Main Event buy-in, flights and accommodations).

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