2009 World Poker Tour Championship Preview
March 15, 2022

It all comes down to this - the last event, the biggest event, the World Poker Tour Championship!

All hyperbole aside, the WPT Championship truly is one of the more significant tournaments on the poker calendar. This $25,000 + $500 buy-in contest, held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, always attracts the absolute best poker players on the planet.

Traditionally, the grand prize in this event surpasses $3,000,000 and is contested at a final table filled with some of the top names in the game. Past final table finishers of the WPT Championship include Gus Hansen, Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, Hasan Habib, Phil Ivey, Joe Bartholdi, Roland De Wolfe, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Kirk Morrison and last year’s winner David Chiu.

The final table finish positions for the 2008 WPT World Championship were as follows :

1. David Chiu $3,389,140  
2. Gus Hansen $1,714,800
3. John Roveto Sr. $923,355  
4. Cory Carroll $593,645  
5. Tommy Le $395,725  
6. Jeffrey King $263,815  

This year’s WPT World Championship will start players off with 100,000 in tournament chips and will feature 90-minute blind levels that begin at 50/100. The event will have multiple day ones, with each expected to draw substantial numbers despite the steep buy-in.

Most of the pros in the PokerRoad family will be in attendance at the Championship including Joe Sebok, Adam Junglen, Barry Greenstein, Paul Wasicka, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Erica Schoenberg, Steve Sung, Jeff Madsen and Gavin Smith.

Many of these players will be providing live on-the-scene Tweets as they play, which means it’s now possible to sweat the action of all your favorite players online without wading through pages and pages of hands and action. More importantly (at least for us), you never even have to leave PokerRoad.com to do it.

Of course, this isn’t all that PokerRoad is doing to cover the most prestigious World Poker Tour event of the year. We will also have top players blogging about their experiences, news stories written about every important day, as well as a week’s worth of shows from the PokerRoad Radio guys as they bring you inside the tournament circuit in a way that no other show could ever do.

Yes, at this year’s WPT Championship I think it’s safe to say, we’ve got you covered.

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