WPT500 Heads to LA for First Time Ever, $1m GTD at The Gardens


One of the most popular small buy-in tournaments in the world will make its debut in California this May.

WPT500 Los Angeles will take place May 21-31 at The Gardens Casino and feature a $1m-guaranteed prize pool.

In keeping with WPT500 tournaments, the LA stop will feature 14 starting flights and a thrifty buy-in of $565.

When the field is reduced to 54 players on Day 2 the event will also feature an action clock to speed up play.

The tournament will serve as the Main Event for a larger Gardens Poker Festival with multiple events.

WPT500 Satellites Start at $65

Players who can’t take the $565 hit to play WPT500 can actually qualify for as little as $65 at The Gardens.

The first four starting flights will take place May 21-24, which gives players plenty of time to fire a few bullets in WPT500 and still find time to play the WSOP, which begins in earnest on May 31.

Mike Sexton

California is a new market for the WPT500, which so far has taken place in Las Vegas and Nottingham, England.

“The World Poker Tour couldn’t be happier to partner with The Gardens Casino to bring the WPT500 to California for the very first time,” said Angelica Hael, WPT VP of Global Tour Management.

“The WPT500 is a tremendous addition to the state’s robust and vibrant poker landscape, and Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles is the perfect time and place to host this historic event.

“With fantastic onsite amenities, a world-class poker room, and genuine hospitality from The Gardens team, the World Poker Tour is very excited about hosting the first-ever WPT500 in California.”

WPT events represent a massive value in terms of ROI. Last summer Andreas Olympios outlasted a staggering 3,956 entries to win a $260,000 first-place prize at the WPT500 event at Aria.

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