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World Poker Tour kicking off 20th season

5 December 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Fresh off of another highly successful tour stop at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, the World Poker Tour is returning for the first event of Season XX of the WPT with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January.

The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open runs 13 January through 26 January and features a $3,500 buy-in championship event with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. This is the seventh time LHPO has been a WPT Main Tour stop. The 2021 event signaled a return to action for the World Poker Tour as Ilyas Muradi topped a 1,573 entry field to win $620,000 and engrave his name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood has been a fantastic partner for the World Poker Tour and starting our 20th season in Florida is a fantastic choice,” said Adam Pliska, WPT President and CEO. “Additionally, we cannot wait to let the poker world in on some of the special initiatives we have planned for our 20th anniversary, including an updated approach to one of the most beloved events in WPT history.”

On Wednesday, Gediminas Uselis won the WPT Seminole Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open after navigating his way through 1,566 entries in what turned out to be the largest WPT RRPO ever. The five largest live fields in WPT main tour history have all come from events at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in April drew a record-setting 2,482 entries.

“Our team is constantly striving to deliver a premier experience for poker players, and we believe the results speak for themselves,” said Jason Heidenthal, Tournament Director at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We look forward to being a big part of the World Poker Tour’s 20th anniversary and helping them kick things off with Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January.”

The Lucky Hearts Poker Open has 31 total events and more than $5 million in guarantees.

All Season XX final tables will be livestreamed on World Poker Tour channels with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open slated to be the first on 26 January. Information on other Season XX events and festivities will be announced in the coming weeks.

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