The World Poker Tour, or WPT as it's known, is one of the major poker tournaments in the world. At the moment there is only one poker tournament that is more prestigious - the WSOP. The World Poker Tour's popularity and prominence is quite surprising when you consider that it is almost 30 years than its major competitor, the World Series of Poker . The first WPT took place in 2003 with a completely different approach towards poker itself and its place as a game of skill and ability.
The world poker tour is the brainchild of Steve Lipscomb, an investor and a professional poker player. Lipscomb has realized that poker has a place in the world of professional sports and television. He has set his mind on reproducing the excitement around the poker table on the television screen, and few can argue about his success.The world poker tour is a collection of local poker tournaments taking place around the world in regular casinos, special tournament yachts and online casinos. The winners are eligible for the final table in the concluding game.
The WPT is essentially a poker television show that is aired on the American cable channel - The Travel Channel. Each season is made out of 13 two-hour episodes. The show has become an immediate success, drawing more than a million and a half viewers per show. The two first shows are even available on DVD with commentaries by some of the players. In order to enter the World Poker Tour you must either pay the buy-in for one of the tournaments or to win a sit in one of the satellite tournaments. The buy-in is usually several thousands of dollars so many players choose to try and win the satellite tournaments which usually cost about 30-40 dollars. Many of the satellite tournaments are played in online poker sites and online casinos so any one around the world can try his luck!
Donald Brown, 24/10/2005. Editorial Staff.