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WPT History
World Poker Tour The World Poker Tour has been a large part of the boom in poker popularity across North America and is the brainchild of television producer Stephen Libscomb who now also is the CEO of publicly traded WPT Enterprises which controls the World Poker Tour.

The actual tour consists of televised Texas Holdem no-limit poker tournaments which are held at casinos around the United States as well as on board cruise ships. The episodes are co-hosted by Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who co-owns Hollywood Poker together with James Woods.

To throw some eye-candy into the mix ex-model Shana Hiatt also presented the show for the first three seasons, focusing on giving a tour of the venue of choice for each tournament. She was later replaced by former newscaster Courtney Friel.

The main sponsors of the show are online poker rooms and the initial decision of Party Poker to market themselves via the WPT is one of the key reasons that they became and still are the world's largest online poker room.

Going into its fourth season the World Poker Tour is still one of the most popular of all cable TV shows and can be seen Wednesdays on the Travel Channel. For more information check out our poker TV schedule.
WPT Player of the Year
The World Poker Tour awards points for all events (except for the invitational ones) based on the following formula:

  • Winner: 1000 points
  • Runner-up: 700 points
  • 3rd place: 600 points
  • 4th place: 500 points
  • 5th place: 400 points
  • 6th place: 300 points
  • 7th place (TV bubble): 200 points

At the end of each season the player who has accumulated the most points is declared "player of the year". The winners so far have been:

  • Season 1: Howard "The Professor" Lederer (USA)
  • Season 2: Erick Lindgren (USA)
  • Season 3: Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu (Canada)