Aria Resort & Casino to Host Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas

Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2017) – World Poker Tour® today announced a new home for its flagship event, as the WPT® Tournament of Champions heads to ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for its final event of Season XVI.

The $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions is slated for May 2018, and will be filmed for broadcast as part of the WPT’s Season XVI television schedule on FSN. The exclusive event is reserved for Season XVI champions and WPT Champions Club™ members only. Every Season XVI WPT Main Tour champion is automatically entered into the WPT Tournament of Champions, with airfare and hotel accommodations provided.

The winner of the Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions will be crowned the World Poker Tour’s “champion of champions,” joining Farid Yachou and Daniel Weinman as title holders of this esteemed tournament. Yachou captured the Season XIV WPT Tournament of Champions title, earning the $381,600 first-place prize and a 2016 Corvette. Weinman won the event to close out Season XV, scoring a $381,500 top prize and a brand new 2018 Audi S5 Coupe.

“Season XVI marks the fifth season that the World Poker Tour has partnered with ARIA Resort & Casino, and we are thrilled to take our relationship to new heights with ARIA to host the celebrated WPT Tournament of Champions,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “ARIA and WPT have generated more than 16,000 tournament entries and awarded more than $8.1 million in prize money in our events together over the past four seasons, and we look forward to building upon this success for a world-class poker festival at ARIA Resort & Casino that culminates in the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.”

Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, added: “World Poker Tour is honored to have ARIA Resort & Casino as host of the Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions and to return to Las Vegas, the global home of poker and the city where it all began for the WPT. Season XVI of the World Poker Tour has been truly historic, with the tour awarding its one-billionth prize dollar and traveling to new regions of the world with events in Beijing, India, and South America. We are proud to cap it off with the prestigious WPT Tournament of Champions at the extraordinary ARIA Resort & Casino.”

The Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions festival will also feature the final WPT Main Tour event of the season, giving players one last chance to join the WPT Champions Club in hopes of competing in the WPT Tournament of Champions.

For those interested in winning their way to a WPT Main Tour stop, play for your chance on Eligible members can play for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes each month, including seats to WPT events. No purchase is necessary for the sweepstakes and the service is void in states where prohibited. For full terms and conditions, go to

More details will be announced soon. For more information on Season XVI of the World Poker Tour, go to

About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 16th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVI of WPT is sponsored by and is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. is a social gaming platform offering free-to-play poker and slots with innovative features and state-of-the-art creative elements inspired by WPT’s 15 years of experience in gaming entertainment. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities.

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