Following the World Poker Tour’s release of Season XII’s closing schedule, several professional players have voiced their concern in regards to key schedule conflicts; largely the timing of the WPT World Championship.
The Tour’s major event will be held outside Las Vegas for the first time, with the rights to host instead offered to Atlantic City; a move that was tipped to cause issues before the schedule was released.
As a result of the recent scheduling, many players are now worried they will have to choose between the World Championship and the European Poker Tour Grand Final; another major event scheduled for May 2014.
Poker Pro Scott Seiver, most commonly known as the winner of the WPT Championship in 2011 was among the first to publicly voice their opinion, tweeting a plea to the WPT organizers to reconsider their chosen dates.
“Please don’t conflict with EPT Monte Carlo. Hope there is time to reschedule. Too important” Seiver said.
Tournament Director at the Borgata Spa and Casino (hosts of the 2014 WPT World Championship) Tab Duchateu was quick to play down players’ fears by stating the venue did everything in their power to ‘stay away’ from the EPT Major and was quickly followed by a statement from WPT Director Adam Pliska.
“This potential conflict was always something we were acutely aware of, and we have been in close discussions with EPT organizers to find the best solution for players who want to play both events” the statement read.
“Fortunately, there is only the slightest overlap and players can play both events; the only exception being those that make the final table at the WPT Main Event”.
As highlighted in this statement, the two events actually only overlap by one day, allowing most the ability to enter into both without any real inconvenience, though Pliska hinted they dates are still not necessarily set in stone.
“We will continue to work with other tours for the benefit of the poker community. The tight nature of this scheduling was unavoidable, but we feel we have done our best to accommodate players” Pliska concluded.