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For Marvin Rettenmaier the WPT circuit has been a blessing. And the good news for him is 2013 is looking like a fantastic year for the WPT already which has been “highlighted by impressive growth into new regions of the globe, World Poker Tour will build on its distinguished tournament schedule by visiting nine of the most prestigious venues in the United States and Europe before concluding its 11th season during Champions Week at Bellagio in Las Vegas.”

A Great Start to 2013

Janurary isn’t known for being the most exciting month, that is unless you’re on the road with the WPT as “the New Year begins with a return visit to a favorite venue as World Poker Tour heads to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the new $3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open beginning January 27”


Asked his thought on next year WPT CEO, Steve Heller said “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,” and he went on to say that “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.”

The “World Poker Tour will take its show on the road throughout both the United States (where Marvin wasn’t so lucky) and Europe, including the first of two stops in Florida when WPT rolls into Hollywood for the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Feb 8 – Feb 12). From Florida, the tour jumps across the Atlantic to the €3,500 WPT Vienna (Feb 18 – Feb 23) at the famed Montesino Casino in Austria.”

A Tale of Two Cities

And we’re likely to see some great action when “the final table in Austria is playing out, World Poker Tour will already be starting its next event in Los Angeles, California where the tour’s cameras will set up for 2013’s first televised tournament, the $10,000 WPT L.A. Poker Classic held at the iconic Commerce Casino (Feb 23 – Feb 28).”

High Tech to High Style

Back to the US and “after adding a new name to the prestigious WPT Champions Cup in L.A., the tour’s cast, crew, and cameras will head north to Silicon Valley for the year’s only bounty event, the $7,500 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star where players receive cash rewards for eliminating the game’s biggest names from the tournament (March 4 – March 8).”

And the over to Europe where “high tech gives way to high style at the next event when World Poker Tour heads to stunning Barcelona, Spain for the €3,500 WPT Barcelona on the shores of the sunny Mediterranean. (April 5 – April 10). The tour jumps from one beautiful coast to another when WPT’s cameras roll again at one of the year’s most anticipated events, the $5,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown (April 11 – April 16).”

End on A High Note

Of course the “World Poker Tour will end Season XI with its two biggest events of the year, the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller Championship and the $25,000 WPT World Championship, both held during Champion’s Week at Bellagio (May 18 – May 24).”

With some fantastic events coming up and “to complement this impressive roster of 2013 WPT Main Events, World Poker Tour is also offering an additional nine National events throughout Europe and Southern Africa. Held throughout Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Cyprus and Mauritius, these popular tournaments offer players around the globe a World Poker Tour experience at affordable buy-ins.” So here’s the list to date:

World Poker Tour Schedule – 2013

  • WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open (Live Stream) Jan 27 – Feb 1
  • WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open (Live Stream) Feb 8 – Feb 12
  • PartyPoker WPT Vienna (Live Stream) Feb 18 – Feb 23
  • WPT L.A. Poker Classic (TV) Feb 23 – Feb 28
  • WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (TV) March 4 – March 8
  • PartyPoker WPT Barcelona (Live Stream) April 5 – April 10
  • WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown (TV) April 11 – April 16
  • WPT World Championship (TV) May 18 – May 24
  • WPT Super High Roller Championship (TV) May 21 – May 23

And coming up for the National Tour we’ll see this:

World Poker Tour National Schedule – 2013

  • PKR WPT National: Dublin (Live Stream) Jan 3 – Jan 6
  • PartyPoker WPT National: Paris (Live Stream) Jan 10 – Jan 14
  • Win2Day WPT National: Brussels (Live Stream)Feb 14 – Feb 18
  • WPT National: Cyprus (Live Stream) March 1 – March 5
  • PMU WPT National: Mauritius (Live Stream) March 5 – March 10
  • PartyPoker WPT National: Cannes (Live Stream) April 11 – April 15
  • PartyPoker WPT National: Marbella (Live Stream) April 20 – April 25
  • PMU WPT National: Annecy (Live Stream) May 16 – May 20


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