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Having been rewarded for staying a step ahead of pack by reaching for new levels in arena of poker, in September 2004 WPT announced tournament schedules for seasons 4, 5 and 6 that covers up until 2008 to a waiting public. (Those schedules are subject to change as more and more casinos and online poker rooms vie to host WPT events.) For season 4 WPT has also announced creation of a special poker tour for professionals only called Professional Poker Tour. The difference is that criteria for entry will be based on success in previous tournament play verses WPT where anyone willing to pay fee can enter regardless of past performance or skill level.
Another innovation is that WPT has partnered with land based and online poker rooms to establish satellite tournaments that can allow a player to win a seat to a WPT event without having to pay pricey seat fees. These satellite tournaments often have entrance prices of under $200.00, which makes it more affordable for those seeking to play in a WPT event.
The WPT has grown to where it has made an offering of common stock under NASDAQ symbol WPTE (World Poker Tour Enterprises). And agreements have been completed to have show presented in Australia, Sweden, South Korea and Philippines. They have also partnered with WagerWorks to build an online site that will allow real money wagering for poker players, so look for it in future. (At time of this writing, U.S. wagers will not be accepted on this new site). Being version of a reality television series, you can expect new innovations to keep World Poker Tour on top of game of poker.
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