When the Globe Texas hold’em Scenic tour revealed a record-breaking $15 million assurance for their season-ending WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, there were many who wondered exactly how the event would certainly prevent an overlay. Currently, on the eve of the $10,400 buy-in tournament, talk has actually shifted to asking yourself just exactly how large the reward swimming pool can get.
One significant reason why the tour isn’t sweating the assurance is because of the substantial variety of players that have actually been able to win their seats in current weeks. Not only has the Wynn been running frequent qualifiers in their texas hold’em space, however the trip’s free-to-play ClubWPT online website will be sending out a military of players also.
In total amount, ClubWPT awarded 27 gamers with a WPT World Championship package worth $12,000. That was in enhancement to 22 gamers that won a WPT Prime Championship ticket, and an additional 7 players with an unique occasions package.
“Since launching in 2008, ClubWPT has been an amazing way to get players from all walks of life more involved in poker,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “[These] packages are the most prestigious prizes we have ever awarded on ClubWPT, and we are proud to host qualifying players at our 20th-anniversary celebration.”
A variety of ClubWPT gamers will band in to challenge against the most effective in the world throughout the $10,400 centerpiece, consisting of Alaska’s Bruce Ramoth, playing in his first-ever live casino poker tournament, ClubWPT Player of the Year Mark Symons, 86-year-old Charles Ralston, and Tim Robins, a 38-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska that will be making his competition launching in Las Vegas.
Card Gamer overtook Robins to get his thoughts on winning a seat to among the biggest tournaments of all time.
Robins, who was born in Reno, Nevada and also matured in Kansas before clearing up in Nebraska, was the 18th player to win his seat on ClubWPT.
“I had been playing for play money chips on another site, but I got sick of that,” Robins said. “I started seeing commercials for ClubWPT, and decided to sign up. I did that for about a year, before upgrading to the Diamond membership after seeing all the tournaments I was missing out on. I knew I could take down one of those huge events, and as it turns out, I was right.”
Robins had to beat out concerning 400 others who had actually received the unique online event.
“About halfway through, I thought to myself, ‘I could win this thing.’ When I got heads-up, he had 3.5 million to my 500,000, but I won four hands in a row to win the tournament. I think that guy who got second smashed his laptop and put a couple holes in the wall.”
This will certainly be Robins’ very first main trip to Las Vegas.
“My mom told me that I was in Vegas when I was nine months old, so not too many memories,” he recalled.
Although this will be by far the largest event he has actually ever played, Robins has actually been betting rather some time. He matured playing games like five-card draw, pinnochle, and also pitch, and discovered hold ’em while in senior high school. He took a scholarship to play baseball in college, but started playing even more casino poker while healing from a burnt out rotator cuff.
Robins presently works in logistics for warehouse at Kelly Supply Business, a job he has had for 8 years. However, for a short while, it was online poker that paid the bills.
“When I moved up to Lincoln I thought I had a job lined up, but that fell through,” he said. “So for a few weeks, I was playing bar poker to put food in my stomach and gas in the car. I ended up playing a lot of bar poker. I mean, it was only $50 to $100 to the winner, but I was doing well. I remember one night when I took down both sessions.”
Robins has just played in a real gambling establishment on a handful of events, yet joked that he is on a bit of a winning streak.
“I just played last week, sitting down at a $1-$3 table. I bought in for $300 and walked out with over $500. That was the first time I had played live poker since November of 2021, which was at the same table. That time I played three hours and I had ran it up to over $1,200. But cash games are kind of boring for me. I love tournament poker.”
He’ll get his opportunity for tournament magnificence today at Wynn, where the victor will certainly gain somewhere near mid-seven figures.
“My goal is to win the tournament. The numbers are against you, but that is the goal. I know it’s going to be a grind, but I’m ready for it.”
However Robins isn’t necessarily trying to find a simple road to the last table, either.
“I would love to sit at a table with some pros,” he said. “I’m not intimidated by them. I’ve been watching them play for so long that I know their game and they don’t know mine. I know I’m an amateur and they are the pros, but I would still welcome the challenge. It would be great to sit with guys like the ‘Godfather of Poker’ Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, or Phil Ivey.”