WPT How To Qualify Season 6

The Set

The World Poker Tour is the most prestigious series of poker tournaments in the world, and you could be a part of it! The two most popular ways to qualify for a WPT event are through qualifying tournaments at online poker rooms or by direct buy-in.

Currently, World Poker Tour Season 6 is underway and PokerListings.com is sponsoring players to compete through exclusive WPT freerolls co-hosted with leading online poker rooms such as PlayersOnly Poker, Full Tilt Poker and Sportsbook Poker.

These poker freerolls are hosted frequently and award players prize packages including buy-in and expenses to World Poker Tour tournaments. Make sure to check out our promotion section for special WPT offers.

Direct Buy-In

Entering a WPT event via direct buy-in is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed below and take your seat at the felt.

1. Check out the tournament schedule and choose the tournaments you want to enter.

2. Contact the participating casinos to confirm the entry dates and to obtain information regarding the buy-in fee and registration deadlines.

3. Register with the host casino and pay the entry fee to reserve your seat.

4. Book your hotel room and travel arrangements, get some time off work and hit the tables!

How Does the WPT Work?

Each tournament requires players to pay an entry fee (the "buy-in"), which on the World Poker Tour is generally around $10,000 U.S., although there are events with buy-ins as low as $2,500. You can also gain entry into a WPT Main Event by winning a satellite tournament with a lower buy-in (usually around $1,000).

The entry fees from all participants are placed in the prize pool, which is shared among the top finishers. The tournament winner generally gets between 35-40% of the pool, with the top 10-20% of the field sharing the rest.

For example, if 150 players bought-in at $10,000 each, the prize pool would total $1.5 million. The winner could take home as much as $500,000, leaving $1 million to be split between the next 14 finishers.

Once players are registered, their table and seat numbers are drawn at random. The tournaments are played "freezeout" style, in which every player starts with the same number of chips and play ends when one player has all of the chips.

Play proceeds in timed rounds with set "blinds," or forced bets. The blinds increase at the end of each round, keeping the action moving quickly.

Depending on the size of the field, tournaments generally take 5-7 days to complete, with action commencing at noon and lasting until the evening. There are short breaks between rounds, but dinner breaks are at the discretion of the tournament director, so plan your meals accordingly!

As players are knocked out, tables are consolidated until six players remain. These six make up the final table, which is staged before a live audience in the WPT arena and broadcast on the World Poker Tour's television program.

The winner of the tournament gets the majority of the prize pool, as well as a gold WPT bracelet and a $25,000 entry in the season-ending WPT Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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