World Poker Tour

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World Poker Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event World Poker Tour season 19 results
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FoundedMay 27, 2002
CEOAdam Pliska
Country United States (Founded)
Most titlesUnited States Darren Elias (4)
TV partner(s)Bally Sports, BT Sport (UK)

The World Poker Tour (WPT) is an internationally televised gaming and entertainment brand. Since 2002, the World Poker Tour has operated a series of international poker tournaments and associated television series broadcasting playdown and the final table of each tournament.

The most prominent of World Poker Tour events belong to the WPT Main Tour. The WPT Main Tour focuses on the buy-in range of $3,500-$25,000, and winners of official WPT Main Tour events are awarded a membership to the WPT Champions Club. The WPT Champions Cup is the trophy awarded to all winners of WPT Main Tour events, and champions have their names engraved on the Cup.


The World Poker Tour was started in 2002 in the United States by attorney/television producer Steven Lipscomb, who served as CEO of WPT Enterprises, Inc. (WPTE).

In November 2009, PartyGaming announced its acquisition of the World Poker Tour for $12.3 million.[1] In 2011, PartyGaming merged with bwin to form bwin.Party Digital Entertainment.

In December 2014, World Poker Tour announced an alliance with Ourgame, agreeing to license products and services on an exclusive basis in more than a dozen countries across Asia. In addition, Ourgame received the rights to use the WPT logo and trademark exclusively in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Korea, Nepal, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam and operate on[2]

In June 2015, The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced that sold the company to Ourgame International Holdings Ltd. for a price of $35 million in cash.[3]

In 2021 the World Poker Tour was sold to Element Partners for $105 million.[4]


The year-round WPT television show has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 18th season, which airs on Fox Sports Regional Networks in the United States. In August 2016, the World Poker Tour and Fox Sports announced a five-year deal to see Fox Sports broadcast the WPT through Season 19.[5]

The WPT television show currently features commentary and analysis by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten. Dunst joined the World Poker Tour as host of the WPT Raw Deal during Season 9 after winning the role through an open casting competition. Following the retirement of Mike Sexton[6] from the WPT commentary booth after 15 years, Dunst was elevated into the role alongside Van Patten.

Joining Dunst and Van Patten for all WPT televised broadcasts is anchor Lynn Gilmartin. Gilmartin's role focuses on hosting and presenting the show, as well as offering intimate interviews and sideline reporting. Gilmartin assumed the anchor role for Season 12[7] and remains the current anchor.

Prior to Gilmartin, Shana Hiatt served as the show host and sideline reporter in its first three seasons. Courtney Friel took over the host role for the fourth season, and Sabina Gadecki for the fifth. Layla Kayleigh and Kimberly Lansing began serving as hostesses in Season VI. Poker player and reporter Amanda Leatherman was the host for Season VII while Lansing was on maternity leave. Lansing returned as the anchor for Season 9 through 11.

The first season aired on the Travel Channel on American cable television in the spring of 2003. The show made its network debut on February 1, 2004, on NBC with a special "Battle of Champions" tournament, which aired against CBS coverage of the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show. The Travel Channel aired the first five seasons of the Tour. In April 2007, WPTE announced that the series would move to GSN for its sixth season in the spring of 2008.[8] 'The first WPT tournament to air on GSN, the Mirage Poker Showdown, debuted on March 24, 2008. In July 2008, WPTE announced that the series would move to Fox Sports Regional Networks for its seventh season.

Following the November 2009 acquisition of the World Poker Tour by PartyGaming plc, the new owners added a second series of televised WPT events under their PartyPoker brand name. This series has, to date, focused on televising the European stops of the WPT. Mike Sexton continues to provide commentary, though he is partnered with Denmark-based American commentator Jesse May rather than Vince Van Patten. The role of female show host and sideline reporter has been served by a number of personalities, often from the country where the event is held. One exception is Canadian born poker player Kara Scott, who has served as host for a number of the PartyPoker branded telecasts of these European WPT events.[9]

The show's hosts, Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten, sit at a booth near the final table, providing commentary and occasionally interacting with the players during the game. However, their specific comments about hole cards are recorded after the tournament takes place because gaming regulations prohibit them from observing a live feed of the "hole card cameras" while on the set. These cameras, built into the table, allow viewers to see the face-down hole cards dealt to each player.

In 2014, the World Poker Tour launched a high roller tournament series, WPT Alpha8, broadcasting on Fox Sports 1. The series originally featured commentary and analysis by Ali Nejad and Olivier Busquet, with Gilmartin serving as anchor. In later seasons, Vince Van Patten and Tony Dunst replaced Nejad and Busquet, while Lynn Gilmartin continued to serve as anchor.

The first three seasons of WPT are available on NTSC DVD.

In February 2019, WPT announced a deal with BT Sport to broadcast season XV of WPT. The deal expands WPT coverage to the UK and Ireland. During season XV, former WPT television commentator Mike Sexton won his first WPT event.[10]

In March 2019, WPT announced a deal with TV Azteca to bring WPT assets to Latin America.[11]

Professional Poker Tour[edit]

A series of spin-off tournaments, titled the Professional Poker Tour, began filming in 2004. Broadcast of the series was delayed, which was partly due to a dispute with the Travel Channel over rights. In the fall of 2005, WPTE announced that "a cable channel" (believed to be ESPN) had withdrawn from bidding for the PPT series, and that WPTE was negotiating with the Travel Channel to air the series. On January 30, 2006, WPTE and the Travel Channel announced that they had dismissed all open lawsuits. The series began regular broadcast July 5, 2006, but was suspended after one season as WPTE couldn't find a television home for a second season.


In 2008, the WPT launched a new product called ClubWPT. It is a subscription-based club where members can pay a monthly fee to play in tournaments that award over $100,000 in cash and prizes each month.[12]


In 2016, WPT launched a new social casino platform called PlayWPT, offering poker and slots.[13]

With PlayWPT Poker, players can participate in ring games, tournaments, and sit-n-gos, and players can represent themselves at the table with avatars animated emojis. PlayWPT is available on desktop and mobile.[14]

Sherman Act lawsuit[edit]

In July 2006, seven poker professionals sued WPTE, alleging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act, the California Cartwright Act, and intentional interference with contract. The professionals (Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Annie Duke, Joe Hachem, Phil Gordon, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer) alleged that WPTE's standard release forms, required for participation in WPTE events, were anti-competitive and designed to interfere with their contractual obligations to other companies. The anti-competition claim was based on the fact that WPTE's contracts with the casinos that host its tournaments barred those casinos (and other casinos owned by the same parent companies) from hosting non-WPTE poker events. The claim of interference with contract was based on the releases' claim to perpetual rights to the players' likenesses for any use WPTE wished. The players claimed that this would put them in violation of other contracts (such as Ferguson's Activision Games contract or several players' contracts with online poker sites).[15]

Hachem and Raymer dropped out of the lawsuit before its eventual settlement.

In April 2008, WPT Enterprises, Inc. settled with the five players remaining in the lawsuit. Chris Ferguson said about the settlement, "We are happy to have come to an agreement that is fair to all players, and to have put in place a new release that clears up ambiguities in how players' images may be used. We are especially happy that this new release will apply to all poker players who wish to participate in WPT tournaments and events."[16]

WPT Player of the Year[edit]

While the winner of the season-ending WPT World Championship (simply the WPT Championship before season 9) is deemed that season's WPT Champion, the WPT also determines a Player of the Year to recognize the player who achieves consistent high finishes in WPT events throughout the entire season.

The Player of the Year is determined by a points system, with the player who earns the most points each season being named the WPT Player of the Year. The season-ending WPT World Championship is a points-earning event for the Player of the Year calculation.

Through the end of Season 9, no player has been named WPT Player of the Year and also captured the WPT Championship. The closest to date is Season 7 WPT Player of the Year Bertrand Grospellier, who finished 3rd in that season's WPT Championship.

In the first eight seasons of the World Poker Tour, only four players have finished in the money at least once. These players are Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Mark Seif, and Surinder Sunar.

Season Years WPT Player of the Year Wins
1 2002–2003 United States Howard Lederer 2
2 2003–2004 United States Erick Lindgren 2
3 2004–2005 Canada Daniel Negreanu 2
4 2005–2006 Canada Gavin Smith 1
5 2006–2007 Vietnam J. C. Tran 1
6 2007–2008 United States Jonathan Little 1
7 2008–2009 France Bertrand Grospellier 1
8 2009–2010 United States Faraz Jaka 0
9 2010–2011 United States Andy Frankenberger 1
10 2011–2012 United States Joe Serock 0
11 2012–2013 Canada Matthew Salsberg 1
12 2013–2014 United States Mukul Pahuja 0
13 2014–2015 United States Anthony Zinno 2
14 2015–2016 United States Mike Shariati 1
15 2016–2017 United States Benjamin Zamani 0
16 2017–2018 United States Art Papazyan 2
17 2018–2019 United States Erkut Yilmaz 2
18 2019–2021 United States Brian Altman 1
19 2021–2022

Points system[edit]

During the first 8 seasons, only the 6 players at the final table in each Open event, plus the last (7th) player eliminated before the final table, earned points as follows:

  • Winner: 1,000 points
  • Runner-up: 700 points
  • 3rd place: 600 points
  • 4th place: 500 points
  • 5th place: 400 points
  • 6th place: 300 points
  • 7th place: 200 points (television final table bubble)

Starting with season 9, the points system was adjusted to recognize the number of entries and the size of the prize pool for each event:[17]

  • Generally, 10% of the participants in each event will finish in the money (ITM), so the system now gives Player of the Year points to all ITM players.
  • The maximum number of points awarded to the event winner are now scaled to the size of the prize pool, with 600 points to the winner of an event with a prize pool smaller than $500,000 and 1400 points to the winner of an event with a prize pool larger than $4,000,000. The season-ending WPT World Championship, no matter the prize pool, also starts at 1400 points to the winner.
  • The system still operates on a descending scale, though the scale provides a minimum of 50 points to all the 'bottom' ITM players in any event.

WPT Main Event winners[edit]

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner.
Winner of poker's Triple Crown.
Season Years Date Event Location Main Event winner Prize
1 2002–2003 27 May–1 June 2002 Five Diamond World Poker Classic United States Bellagio, Paradise Denmark Gus Hansen $556,460
30–31 August 2002 Legends of Poker United States Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles Lebanon Chris Karagulleyan $258,000
9 October 2002 Ultimate Poker Classic Aruba Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach Finland Juha Helppi $50.000
19 October 2002 Costa Rica Classic Costa Rica Casinos Europa, San José Costa Rica Jose Rosenkrantz $108,730
10–11 November 2002 Gold Rush United States Lucky Chances Casino, Colma United States Paul Darden $146,000
14–17 November 2002 World Poker Finals United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket United States Howard Lederer $320,400
28–31 January 2003 World Poker Open United States Binion's Horseshoe, Tunica United Kingdom Dave Ulliott $589,175
12–15 February 2003 Euro Finals of Poker France Aviation Club de France, Paris Sweden Christer Johansson $538,213 (€500,000)
21–24 February 2003 L.A. Poker Classic United States Commerce Casino, Los Angeles Denmark Gus Hansen (2) $532,490
6 March 2003 Party Poker Million  ? United States Howard Lederer (2) $289,150
31 March–2 April 2003 World Poker Challenge United States Reno Hilton, Reno United States Ron Rose $168,298
14–18 April 2003 WPT Championship United States Bellagio, Paradise United States Alan Goehring $1,011,886
2 2003–2004 10–13 July 2003 Grand Prix de Paris France Aviation Club de France, Paris France David Benyamine $410,886 (€357,200)
1–3 September 2003 Legends of Poker United States Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles Australia Mel Judah $579,375
20–22 September 2003 Borgata Poker Open United States Borgata, Atlantic City Philippines Noli Francisco $470,000
18 October 2003 Ultimate Poker Classic Aruba Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach United States Erick Lindgren $500,000
14–17 November 2003 World Poker Finals United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket United States Hoyt Corkins $1,089,200
15–18 December 2003 Five Diamond World Poker Classic United States Bellagio, Paradise United States Paul Phillips $1,101,908
25 January 2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure The Bahamas Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Denmark Gus Hansen (3) $455,780
26–29 January 2004 World Poker Open United States Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, Tunica United States Barry Greenstein $1,278,370
21–24 February 2004 L.A. Poker Classic United States Commerce Casino, Los Angeles United States Antonio Esfandiari $1,399,135
3–5 March 2004 Bay 101 Shooting Star United States Bay 101, San José United States Phil Gordon $360,000
18 March 2004 Party Poker Million  ? United States Erick Lindgren (2) $1,000,000
30 March–1 April 2004 World Poker Challenge United States Reno Hilton, Reno United States Mike Kinney $629,469
19–23 April 2004 WPT Championship United States Bellagio, Paradise Sweden Martin de Knijff $2,728,356
3 2004–2005 United Kingdom Surinder Sunar $828,956 (€679,860)
Israel Eli Elezra $1,024,574
United States Doyle Brunson $1,198,260
Canada Daniel Negreanu $1,117,400
Costa Rica Eric Brenes $1,000,000
Ecuador Carlos Mortensen $1,000,000
Vietnam Tuan Le $1,549,588
Canada Daniel Negreanu (2) $1,770,218
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure The Bahamas Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island United Kingdom John Gale $890,000
United States Johnny Stolzmann $1,491,444
United States Michael Mizrachi $1,859,909
Costa Rica Alex Brenes $100,000
Vietnam Danny Nguyen $1,025,000
Party Poker Million  ? Poland Michael Gracz $1,525,500
United States Arnold Spee $633,880
Vietnam Tuan Le (2) $2,856,150
4 2005–2006 Canada Gavin Smith $1,153,778
United Kingdom Roland De Wolfe $574,419 (€479,680)
Israel Alex Kahaner $1,150,900
United States Al Ardebili $1,498,650
Lebanon Freddy Deeb $1,000,000
Vietnam Minh Ly $1,060,050
United States Nick Schulman $2,167,500
Denmark Rehne Pedersen $2,078,185
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure The Bahamas Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island Canada Steve Paul-Ambrose $1,388,600
Vietnam Scotty Nguyen $969,421
United States Michael Mizrachi (2) $1,173,373
United States Alan Goehring (2) $2,391,550
United States Barry Greenstein (2) $100,000
United States Nam Le $1,198,300
United States Mike Simon $1,052,890
Guyana Victor Ramdin $1,331,889
United States Joe Bartholdi Jr. $3,760,165
5 2006–2007 United States Stanley Weiss $1,320,255
United States Joseph Tehan $1,033,440
Denmark Christian Grundtvig $907,066 (€712,500)
United States Joe Pelton $1,602,670
United States Mark Newhouse $1,519,020
Norway Andreas Walnum $1,090,025
United States Scott Clements $222,524 (C$250,027)
Canada Soren Turkewitsch $1,225,920 (C$1,380,378)
Serbia Nenad Medić $1,717,194
Australia Joe Hachem $2,207,575
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure The Bahamas Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island United States Ryan Daut $1,535,255
United States Bryan Sumner $913,986
United States John Hennigan $1,606,223
United States Eric Hershler $2,429,970
United States Adam Weinraub $125,000
United States Ted Forrest $1,100,000
Vietnam J. C. Tran $683,473
United States Raj Patel $1,298,405
Ecuador Carlos Mortensen (2) $3,970,415
6 2007–2008 United States Jonathan Little $1,091,295
Canada Shawn Buchanan $768,775
United States Kevin Saul $1,342,320
United States Dan Harrington $1,599,865
United States Bill Edler $747,615
United States Roy Winston $1,575,280
Turks and Caicos Islands Rhynie Campbell $436,675
Germany Markus Lehmann $789,592 (€537,000)
United States Scott Clements (2) $1,505,312 (C$1,456,585)
United States Mike Vela $1,704,986
Ukraine Eugene Katchalov $2,482,605
United States Brett Faustman $892,413
United States Gavin Griffin $1,401,109
United States Phil Ivey $1,596,100
Vietnam Van Nguyen $125,500
United States Brandon Cantu $1,000,000
United States Lee Markholt $493,815
United States Erik Seidel $992,890
China David Chiu $3,389,140
7 2008–2009 Denmark Casper Hansen $662,592 (€425,000)
Canada Mike Watson $1,673,770
Vietnam John Phan $1,116,428
India Vivek Rajkumar $1,424,500
Canada Glen Witmer $1,084,256 (C$1,250,352)
France Bertrand Grospellier $1,411,015
United States Jonathan Little (2) $1,120,310
United States David Rheem $1,538,730
United States Allen Carter $1,025,500
United States Cornel Andrew Cimpan $1,686,760
Lebanon Freddy Deeb (2) $100,000
United States Steve Brecher $1,025,500
United States Vadim Trincher $731,079
Ukraine Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,143,655
8 2009–2010 Sweden Sven-Ragnar Arstrom $532,388
United States Mark Flowers $388,453
Brazil Alexandre Gomes $1,187,670
United States Prahlad Friedman $1,009,000
Hungary Richard Toth $148,756 (€104,000)
France Thomas Bichon $579,165
United States Olivier Busquet $925,514
France Christophe Savary $558,515 (€377,262)
United States Tommy Vedes $1,218,225
United States Cornel Andrew Cimpan (2) $910,058
United States Daniel Alaei $1,428,430
United States Hoyt Corkins (2) $739,486
United States Leron Washington $100,000
Hungary Andras Koroknai $1,788,001
United States McLean Karr $878,500
Ecuador Carlos Mortensen (3) $391,212
France Guillaume Darcourt $195,244 (€144,530)
United States David Williams $1,530,537
9 2010–2011 Denmark Theo Jørgensen $
Germany Ali Tekintamgac $
Germany Moritz Kranich $
United States Andy Frankenberger $
United Kingdom Jake Cody $
United States Dwyte Pilgrim $
United States Randal Flowers $
United States Jeff Forrest $
Switzerland Sam El Sayed $
Germany Sébastian Homann $
United States Antonio Esfandiari (2) $
Russia Alexander Kuzmin $
Italy Alessio Isaia $
Belgium Davidi Kitai $
United States Gregory Brooks $
United States Alan Sternberg $
Russia Dmitry Gromov $
United Kingdom Roberto Romanello $
United States Mike Scarborough $
United States Taylor von Kriegenbergh $
United States Scott Seiver $
10 2011–2012 Sweden Lukas Berglund $
Slovenia Miha Travnik $
United States Will Failla $
United States Matthew Waxman $
United States Bobby Oboodi $
United States Matt Giannetti $
United States Daniel Santoro $
France Adrien Allain $
United States Anthony Ruberto $
Morocco Mohamed Ali Houssam $
Russia Andrey Pateychuk $
United Kingdom James Dempsey $
Italy Edoardo Alescio $
United Kingdom David Shallow $
Russia Rinat Bogdanov $
United States Matt Juttelstad $
United States Sean Jazayeri $
South Korea Moon Kim $
Denmark Morten Christensen $
United States Tommy Vedes (2) $
United States Shawn Cunix $
Germany Marvin Rettenmaier $
11 2012–2013 Germany Marvin Rettenmaier (2) $
United States Anthony Gregg $
United States Josh Hale $
Canada Matthew Salsberg $
France Yorane Kerignard $
United States Ben Hamnett $
Germany Dominik Nitsche $
United States Noah Schwartz $
Sweden Emil Olsson $
Canada Jonathan Roy $
Italy Giacomo Fundaro $
Poland Marcin Wydrowski $
United States Ravi Raghavan $
United States Andy Hwang $
United States Matt Giannetti (2) $
Serbia Vladimir Bozinovic $
Canada Paul Klann $
United States WeiKai Chang $
Italy Rocco Palumbo $
Canada Chanracy Khun $
United States Kevin Eyster $
United States Mike Linster $
Canada Amir Babakhani $
United States David Rheem (2) $
12 2013–2014 Russia Alexey Rybin $
United States Jordan Cristos $
United States Anthony Zinno $
United States Mohsin Charania $
South Africa Daniel Brits $
United States Jared Jaffee $
United States Tony Dunst $
United States Derrick Rosenbarger $
United States Dan Smith $
Japan Masato Yokosawa $
Germany Julian Thomas $
United States Anthony Merulla $
United States James Calderaro $
Canada Matthew Lapossie $
United Kingdom Chris Moorman $
United States James Carroll $
Italy Andrea Dato $
Vietnam J. C. Tran (2) $
United States Nabil Hirezi $
Canada Eric Afriat $
United States Keven Stammen $
13 2014–2015 South Korea Sean Yu $
United States Harry Arutyunyan $
Russia Alexander Lakhov $
United States Darren Elias $
United States Darren Elias (2) $
United States Ryan Van Sanford $
United Kingdom Eleanor Gudger $
United States Dylan Wilkerson $
Lithuania Matas Cimbolas $
United States Jonathan Jaffe $
United States Mohsin Charania (2) $
United States Aaron Mermelstein $
United States Brian Altman $
United States Anthony Zinno (2) $
United States Anthony Zinno (3) $
United States Taylor Paur $
Germany Konstantinos Nanos $
United States Ravee Mathi Sundar $
United States Griffin Paul $
United States Asher Conniff $
14 2015–2016 Canada Sheraz Nasir $
Morocco Farid Yachou $
United States Jason Brin $
United States Mike Shariati $
United States David Paredes $
United States Aaron Mermelstein (2) $
South Africa Ben Cade $
United Kingdom Iaron Lightbourne $
United States Tyler Patterson $
United States Jared Mahoney $
Spain Javier Gomez $
United States Kevin Eyster (2) $
United States Christopher Leong $
Canada David Ormsby $
Germany Dietrich Fast $
Germany Stefan Schillhabel $
United States Harrison Gimbel $
Romania Vlad Darie $
United States Justin Young $
United States David Rheem (3) $
Morocco Farid Yachou (2) $
15 2016–2017 United States Seth Davies $
Serbia Andjelko Andrejevic $
United States James Mackey $
United States Pat Lyons $
United States Jesse Sylvia $
United States Zachary Smiley $
United States Sam Panzica $
Spain Luis Rodriguez Cruz $
United States Mike Sexton $
United Kingdom Niall Farrell $
Ukraine Oleg Vasylchenko $
United States James Romero $
United States Daniel Weinman $
Canada Ema Zajmovic $
United States Darren Elias (3) $
United States Daniel Strelitz $
United States Sam Panzica (2) $
United States Mike Del Vecchio $
United States Tony Sinishtaj $
United States Ryan Riess $
United States Daniel Weinman (2) $
16 2017–2018 Taiwan Pete Chen $
Kazakhstan Daniel Daniyar $
United States Jay Lee $
United States Art Papazyan $
China Guo Liang Chen $
United States Art Papazyan (2) $
United States Paul Petraglia $
Canada Maxime Heroux $
United States Ryan Tosoc $
Germany Ole Schemion $
United States Darryll Fish $
Canada Eric Afriat (2) $
Canada Mike Leah $
United States Dennis Blieden $
United States David Larson $
United Kingdom Scott Margereson $
Netherlands Rens Feenstra $
United States Larry Greenberg $
United States Darren Elias (4) $
United States Matthew Waxman (2) $
17 2018–2019 United States Simon Lam $
United States Brady Holiman $
United States Erkut Yilmaz $
United States Tony Ruberto $
Vietnam Tony Tran $
Canada Patrick Serda $
Moldova Pavel Plesuv $
United States Dylan Linde $
United States Frank Stepuchin $
Ukraine Denys Shafikov $
United States Vinicius Lima $
Canada Demo Kiriopoulos $
United States David "ODB" Baker $
United States Erkut Yilmaz (2) $
Latvia Vitalijs Zavorotnijs $
United States Ben Palmer $
United States James Carroll (2) $
United States Craig Varnell $
United States Matthew Wantman $
Germany Ole Schemion (2) $
18 2019–2021 United States Roger Teska $
United States Aaron Van Blarcum $
United States Donald Maloney $
United States Nitis Udornpim $
Sweden Simon Brändström $
United States Josh Adkins $
Canada Geoffrey Hum $
Bulgaria Milen Stefanov $
United States Alex Foxen $
United States Markus Gonsalves $
United States Brian Altman (2) $
Russia Aleksey Badulin $
Canada Veerab Zakarian $
Germany Christopher Puetz $
Canada Eric Afriat (3) $
United States Balakrishna Patur $
Vietnam Tony Tran (2) $
Sweden Christian Jeppsson $
United Kingdom Gavin Cochrane $
United States Nick Petrangelo $
Republic of Ireland Daniel Smyth $
Russia Andrey Kotelnikov $
United Kingdom Phillip Mighall $
United States Soheb Porbandarwala $
United Kingdom Jack Hardcastle $
United States Ilyas Muradi $
Russia Maksim Sekretarev $
United States Qing Liu $
United States Brek Schutten $
19 2021–2022 Germany Christian Rudolph $
United States Brian Altman (3) $
United States Chad Eveslage $
United States Adedapo Ajayi $


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Rank Name Titles
1 United States Darren Elias 4
2 Canada Eric Afriat 3
United States Brian Altman
Denmark Gus Hansen
Ecuador Carlos Mortensen
United States David Rheem
United States Anthony Zinno
Final tables
Rank Name Final tables
1 United States Darren Elias 12
2 United States Phil Ivey 9
3 Vietnam Scotty Nguyen 8
4 Canada Eric Afriat 7
Denmark Gus Hansen
United States Michael Mizrachi
Canada Daniel Negreanu
Vietnam David Pham
Vietnam J.C. Tran
United States Anthony Zinno
Money finishes
Rank Name Money finishes
1 United States Darren Elias 41
2 United States Anthony Zinno 32
3 United States Mohsin Charania 31
4 United States Jared Jaffee 28
United States Jonathan Little
United States Lee Markholt

Record winnings[edit]

The largest win in a WPT event is the $3,970,415 paid to Carlos Mortensen for winning the season-ending WPT Championship for season 5.

Progression of largest winnings[edit]

The progression of the "highest payout" through the history of the WPT, starting with the win by Gus Hansen in Event 1 of WPT Season 1. Entries have declined since the poker boom ended, with no increase in "highest payout" for a number of years – the highest has not increased since an event in 2007.

Season Event Winner Prize
1 #1 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2002 Denmark Gus Hansen $556,480
1 #6 – World Poker Open 2003 United Kingdom Dave Ulliott $589,175
2 #5 – World Poker Finals 2003 United States Hoyt Corkins $1,089,200
2 #6 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2003 United States Paul Phillips $1,101,980
2 #8 – World Poker Open 2004 United States Barry Greenstein $1,278,370
2 #9 – LA Poker Classic 2004 United States Antonio Esfandiari $1,399,135
3 #7 – World Poker Finals 2004 Vietnam Tuan Le $1,549,588
3 #8 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2004 Canada Daniel Negreanu $1,759,218
3 #11 – LA Poker Classic 2005 United States Michael Mizrachi $1,859,909
4 #7 – World Poker Finals 2005 United States Nick Schulman $2,142,000
4 #12 – LA Poker Classic 2006 United States Alan Goehring $2,391,550
5 #14 – LA Poker Classic 2007 United States Eric Hershler $2,429,970
6 #11 – Doyle Brunson Classic 2007 Ukraine Eugene Katchalov $2,482,605

WPT World Championship ($25,000 buy-in)[edit]

Each WPT season culminates with the $25,000 buy-in WPT World Championship (simply the WPT Championship before season 9). As with regular events, the prize pool has declined since the poker boom ended: participants dropped from a peak of 639 in 2007, to 146 in 2013. The WPT organizers reacted by dropping the buy-in to $15,000 from 2014 onwards, limiting participation to winners of WPT events since the start of the series, and changing the name again, to WPT Tournament of Champions. There has been no increase in "highest payout" since the $3,970,415 at the 2005 World Championship, and the top prize has consistently been under $500,000 since the 2016 World Championship.

Season Event Winner Prize
1 WPT Championship – Season I United States Alan Goehring $1,011,866
2 WPT Championship – Season II Sweden Martin de Knijff $2,728,356
3 WPT Championship – Season III Vietnam Tuan Le $2,856,150
4 WPT Championship – Season IV United States Joe Bartholdi Jr. $3,760,165
5 WPT Championship – Season V Ecuador Carlos Mortensen $3,970,415
6 WPT Championship – Season VI China David Chiu $3,389,140
7 WPT Championship – Season VII Ukraine Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,149,960
8 WPT Championship – Season VIII United States David Williams $1,530,537
9 WPT World Championship – Season IX United States Scott Seiver $1,618,344
10 WPT World Championship – Season X Germany Marvin Rettenmaier $1,196,858
11 WPT World Championship – Season XI United States David Rheem $1,150,279
12 WPT World Championship – Season XII United States Keven Stammen $1,350,000
13 WPT World Championship – Season XIII United States Asher Conniff $973,683
14 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XIV Morocco Farid Yachou $381,600
15 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XV United States Daniel Weinman $381,500
16 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XVI United States Matthew Waxman $463,375
17 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XVII Germany Ole Schemion $440,395

WPT Ladies[edit]

In January 2008, the WPT announced a set of tournaments for women, known as WPT Ladies.[18] The first season had five events, with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500. Nancy Todd finished first in the Ladies Championship with Vanessa Selbst finishing second. There are currently no WPT Ladies events scheduled.

WPT Walk of Fame[edit]

The World Poker Tour Walk of Fame was designed to honor those poker players who have played the game well at the highest levels as well as those who have promoted the spread of it through film, television, and literature.

The first inductees were poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.[19]

In February 2004, the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame inducted its second members at the Commerce Casino in a ceremony before top pros and celebrities in town for the World Poker Tour Invitational Poker Tournament. The induction ceremony was staged on the doorstep of Commerce Casino.

No new players have been inducted since 2004.[citation needed]

WPT Honors Award[edit]

The WPT Honors Award launched in early 2017, with Ms. Linda Johnson named as the first recipient.[20] Later that year, 15-year WPT commentator Mike Sexton and gaming industry icon Bruno Fitoussi became the second and third honorees.[21] In 2018, Steve Lipscomb and Lyle Berman each received the fourth and fifth honors.[22]

The WPT Honors Award is the WPT's highest honor, awarded to members of the poker industry in celebration and appreciation of exceptional contributions made to the World Poker Tour and the poker community as a whole. Presented as determined by WPT CEO Adam Pliska and the World Poker Tour, the WPT Honors Award is given in recognition to those who distinguish themselves by excellence and dedication beyond expectations.

WPT Honors Award Recipients[edit]


A fictional WPT championship match is the setting for the 2007 feature film Deal. Sexton, Van Patten, and Friel play themselves and a number of other poker professionals and poker-playing celebrities are reportedly in the cast. The WPT set was shipped to New Orleans for filming following the season 4 championship.[citation needed]


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