A mixture of WPT champions both past and present descended on the Seminole Hard Rock Casino for the 2017 Tournament of Champions on Friday.
Erik Seidel, Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver and Olivier Busquet were among the long-time members of the WPT’s Champion’s Club that put up the $15,000 buy-in to join the rake-free fun and help boost the prize pool to $1,090,000.
Meanwhile every winner from Season XV of the WPT had their buy-in paid for so they all made the trip except for WPT Prague winner Oleg Vasylchenko. The overall field hit 66 players, which marks a very slight increase over last year’s 64.
The winner will walk away with $381k and seat into the 2018 Tournament of Champions.
Nine Places to Pay, 2018 Audi S5 for Winner
The prize pool got a little extra love from title sponsor Monster, which kicked in an extra $100k and a brand-new 2018 Audi S5 for the winner.
In total this year’s event will pay nine spots. Here’s a complete look at the payouts:
1: $381,500 and 2018 TOC seat
There are a wealth of bonus prizes for the players who make the final table including Monster portable speakers.
The winner also gets Monster Rose Gold headphones and a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red Watch.
This year’s TOC field includes a wide range of players from nearly every season of the WPT (interestingly not a single winner from season 1 made it out to Florida for the tournament).
Here’s a complete look at every player to take part in the 2017 TOC:
Mike Del Vecchio
Javier Gomez Zapatero
Luis Cruz Rodriguez
Ryan Van Sanford
Taylor Von Kriegenbergh