$10K WPT Gardens Poker Championship Main Event This Week

WPT Gardens Poker Championship sees its final tale take place in an eSports arena in Las vegas during March

The World Poker Tour is at The Gardens Casino in California for the latest WPT Gardens Poker Championship. Several events are done and dusted but there are still plenty to get stuck into, including the $10,000 Main Event.

Gardens Casino hit the headlines for the wrong reasons earlier this month after being hit with a $6 million fine. The California Department of Justice warned the casino’s owner they face losing their license. This is because of a lax attitude to anti-money laundering policies.

The venue is now gearing up to host its fourth WPT Main Event in the past two years. Players are in for a treat if previous editions are anything to go by.

Simon Lam Wins Inaugural WPT Gardens Poker Championship Main Event

Simon Lam

Simon Lam triumphed in the inaugural WPT Gardens Poker Championship in July 2018. Some 584 players bought in for $5,000 and created a $2,944,800 prize pool shared among the top 73 finishers.

Such luminaries as Ari Engel, Barry Hutter, Joe Kuether, Alex Lynskey, and Marvin Rettenmaier cashed in the event. Lam eventually emerged victorious after besting a star-studded final table that housed Craig Varnell, Men “The Master” Nguyen and runner-up Jake Schindler. Lam banked $565,055 for his victory.

Frank Stepuchin Steps Up at the First $10K Main Event

Frank Stepuchin

The WPT returned to The Gardens Casino in January 2019 and upped the Main Event buy-in to $10,000. This reduced the field size to 253, although the prize pool stayed high at $2,428,800.

Again, a handful of elite tournament players navigated their way into the money places. Yevgeniy Timoshenko, James Collopy, Adam Geyer, Marvin Rettenmaier and Garrett Greer all cashed.

Frank Stepuchin was victorious that day despite being sandwiched between two of the game’s best MTT players when three-handed. Steve Sung, who finished ninth in the previous WPT event, busted in third. Stepuchin kept his cool to send Shannon Shorr to the showers in second-place.

Roger Teska Binks Last WPT Gardens Poker Championship Main Event

Roger Teska

WPT returned to The Gardens Casino in July 2019 and ran another $5,000 Main Event. A smaller field of 373 players turned out for this event and Roger Teska outlasted them all.

Teska banked $368,475 for this win, which came eight months after his previous cash, also a victory. He doesn’t log as much volume as his peers yet Teska has managed to accumulate almost $3.4 million in winnings.

WPT Gardens Poker Championship Schedule

Date Time Event
Tue 7 Jan 11:30 $275 NLHE Progressive Bounty
Tue 7 Jan 14:00 $20,000 NLHE High Roller Bounty
Thu 9 Jan 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Day 1A
Thu 9 Jan 19:00 $100 NLHE WPT Foundation Charity Event
Fri 10 Jan 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Day 1B
Fri 10 Jan 18:00 $250 NLHE Monster Stack Turbo
Sat 11 Jan 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Day 2
Sat 11 Jan 17:00 $5,000 NLHE Deepstack Day 1
Sat 11 Jan 18:00 $125 NLHE
Sun 12 Jan 11:30 $275 NLHE Progressive Bounty
Sun 12 Jan 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Day 13
Sun 12 Jan 13:00 $5,000 NLHE Deepstack Day 2
Mon 13 Jan 11:30 $400 8-Game Mix
Mon 13 Jan 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Day 4
Mon 13 Jan 13:00 $1,100 NLHE Monster Stack
Mon 13 Jan 17:00 $125 NLHE
Tue 14 Jan 11:30 $250 NLHE Monster Stack Turbo
Tue 14 Jan 12:00 $400 H.O.R.S.E
Tue 14 Jan 17:00 $125 NLHE
Wed 15 Jan 11:30 $125 NLHE Bounty
Wed 15 Jan 17:00 125 NLHE
Tue 31 Mar 12:00 $10,000 NLHE WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table

This year’s WPT Gardens Poker Championship Main Event runs from January 9th through March 31st. That’s not a mistype, the final table is held in three months’ time.

The WPT has previously played the final table of some events at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. It is a new concept that the WPT hopes to attract new players to the game. The eSports industry is worth more than $100 billion and the WPT wants to tap into this lucrative market.

Matthew Pitt

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