In 2020 and 2021 World Poker Tour (WPT) had to either cancel, postpone or transition tons of the events online on partypoker, due to restrictions around COVID-19. But lately WPT is giving us hope, that things might soon be back to normal.
While most of the world is still in lockdown, WPT is reviving their live poker tournaments. It held its first event since the lockdown started at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 Main Event attracted an amazing 1,573 entries.
The eventual winner was Ilyas Muradi who qualified for the event in a $400 satellite and took it down for $620,000 after a three-way deal.
World Poker Tour is not reviving live poker only in North America, but also in Europe hosting this week the WPT Russia with the ₽222,810+22,190 (≈$3,350) Main Event running February 23-28.
The series will contain tons of events for everyone, including satellites for the Main Event running every day, and also a High Roller event with a ₽350,000+35,000 (≈$5150) buyin.
You can find the full schedule of the event Here.
Of course, the safety of the players is still the number one priority at these events. Temperature checks are done on players before entering the casino, all the tournaments are held on 8-max tables and masks are mandatory for all the players at the table. Also, there are special teams dedicated to clean the chips and tables during brakes.
We can only hope, that after a year of lockdown, these events are a sign that things are getting back on track. You can tell by the number of entries at the first event, that there is a big thirst for the live game.