The World Poker Tour announced Tuesday that the prestigious WPT World Championship will move from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City for Season XII.
WPT President Adam Pliska made the announcement midway through Day 2 of the Borgata Poker Open Main Event.
“We’re very pleased to name Borgata – now home to four of the five biggest tournaments in WPT history – the host of Season XII WPT World Championship,” said Pliska. “With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event. We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”
The announcement also revealed that PartyPoker would be the official sponsor of the season-ending event. “The partnership of the WPT, PartyPoker, and Borgata brings together three of the most respected names in poker, and we look forward to making the World Championship more impressive than ever before,” said Pliska.
“We are extremely pleased to be growing our long-standing relationship with World Poker Tour and to be expanding our relationship with PartyPoker, especially as we look to launch Borgatapoker.com,” said Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations at Borgata. “Adding the WPT World Championship sponsored by PartyPoker is a welcome addition and an important new chapter in the history of this illustrious tournament.”
The Borgata will host three separate filmed-for-TV tournaments. In addition to the Borgata Poker Open and the WPT Championship, Pliska announced that the Borgata Winter Poker Open would also be a televised event. The Borgata Poker Open is underway and will air on FOX Sports in March 2014.
The announcement was well-received by players who were in the room. Many took to Twitter including Matt Glantz, who said, “Now WSOPC and WPT Championships both in AC in April and May. How great is that!”
The Borgata has been on the WPT schedule since Season II and has hosted many of the WPT’s largest events. The WPT Championship attendance has trended downwards for the last three years at the Bellagio – with 146 entrants in 2013, 152 in 2012 and 220 in 2011.
The schedule and buy-in for the WPT Championship have not yet been determined.