All championship events’ final tables to be streamed live
The inaugural WPT® World Online Championships will present a new level of online tournament streaming to fans, with events being shown live on partypokerTV – partypoker’s Twitch channel – partypoker.com, YouTube and Facebook.
The WPT World Online Championships will be hosted on partypoker from Friday, July 17, 2020, to Wednesday, September 9, 2020, paying out a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000,000. The series is designed to replicate an authentic live poker experience.
With this in mind, partypoker is teaming up with ShareHand, the production partner for live tours including WPT events and partypoker MILLIONS, to provide an experience as close as possible to watching a live series, while ensuring the core elements of online poker are not impacted.
The final tables of all 12 championship events will be streamed live, where there will be giveaways of tournament tickets to give you a shot at joining the action. All final tables will feature cards up on a short delay. The real names of all final table players will be shown on screen to replicate a live WPT final table.
Commentary for those events will be provided by the best in the business, including Mike Sexton, James Dempsey, Matt Savage, Joey Ingram, Vince Van Patten and Tony Dunst. They will be joined by a selection of Team partypoker professionals providing guest commentary, including Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton, Roberto Romanello, Sam Trickett and Ludovic Geilich. WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage will be the lead commentator for the five WPT Champions Cup events, including the WPT World Championship Online.
In addition, side event streaming coverage with James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane will be shown on partypokerTV two to four times per week during the festival, using the partypoker replayer cards up system.
Commentary for all streams will be available in English and several other languages, including: Russian commentary with Dmitry Shakhov and Ilya Gorodetskiy; German commentary with Stefan Hachmeister and Christian Gross; Latin Spanish commentary with Gaston Catzman and Santiago Garcia; and Portuguese commentary with Marcos Sketch and Thiago Crema De Macedo.
The streaming of the WPT World Online Championships is just one way the online series bears similarities with a live series. There will be a maximum of two Day 1s for the 12 championship events in the series, with a maximum of one re-entry allowed. The winners of the five WPT Champions Cup events will be entered into the WPT Champions Club.
Team partypoker’s Sexton said: “The WPT World Online Championships is special for so many reasons. There’s only one re-entry per event, massive prize pool guarantees and players will be using real names. You will also have numerous opportunities to satellite into all these events. Give it a go and good luck. I hope to see you on a final table where I’ll be commentating!”
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