The world poker tour (WPT) is arguably the largest live tournament series in the world.

The WSOP is another high profile poker tournament event, but it only takes place once a year in Las Vegas. On the other hand the WPT is played all year long at different locations in world.

The World Poker Tour is relatively newer as it was only started at the beginning of the millennium, but it has not stopped getting more and more popular. It is a favorite on TV, and they keep on adding more events to the series

The World Poker Tour

The WPT was first aired in 2002 on the Travel, which kept on broadcasting it for five years. To this date and from the beginning, the two co-hosts of the show are Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten.

Mike Sexton is an accomplished poker player who has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. He won one WSOP bracelet at the 1989 $1,500 seven-card stud split event and has garnered an amazing 46 cashes at the WSOP. His total live tournaments winnings are estimated at over $3.8 million.

Vince Van Patten first became famous as a child actor in numerous TV series, including Bonanza and Apple’s Way. He was also a professional tennis player. More recently he has endorsed the online poker room Hollywood Poker with fellow actor James Woods.

The World Poker Tour has risen to such prominence in poker circles and it is as glamorous to hold a WPT bracelet than it is to own a WSOP bracelet. And among the WPT bracelet winners are many of modern poker luminaries.

To name a few: Patrik Antonius, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Full tilt poker‘s Gus Hansen and Carlo Mortensen. Our poker friend Karina Jett has not yet won, but she finished 7th at the Sixth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic WPT World Championship in 2008.

The WPT was created by television producer Steven Lipscomb who caught the incredible rise in popularity of the game of poker at the right time. He sold his rights in 2009 to PartyGaming (which runs PartyPoker) for $12,300,000.

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