WPT World Online Championships Final Tables Will Be Live Streamed

  • Sharehand is producing the partypoker/ World Poker Tour live streams
  • Live streams will be broadcast in five different languages
  • $100m in guarantee prize money over nearly eight-week tournament series
Hand with poker chips reaching out of laptop monitor
Starting tomorrow night, partypoker, WPT, and ShareHand will live stream the 12 championship events of the WPT World Online Championships. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Streaming on multiple platforms

The World Poker Tour (WPT) World Online Championships are underway and to try to bring an entertaining viewing experience to poker fans, the Tour is live-streaming the final tables of all 12 championship events. The first live final table is coming up Tuesday, July 21, with Event #1: $3,200 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. As of this writing, there are just three short-handed tables remaining.

The proceedings on partypoker, the WPT’s online poker partner, will broadcast on partypoker.com, YouTube, Facebook, and partypoker’s Twitch channel, partypoker TV. ShareHand, the World Poker Tour’s production partner for its live events, will produce the live streams.

players that reach the final table will have their real names displayed

As is the case with other live poker events, the broadcast will be on a slight delay to protect the integrity of the game. Additionally, though players use screennames in online poker, the players that reach the final table will have their real names displayed on the virtual table.

Multiple languages

To try to make the streams even more like a regular telecast, the usual cast of characters will provide live commentary. Behind the mic will be Tony Dunst, Vince Van Patten, James Dempsey, and Joey Ingram. Also lending his voice will be Poker Hall of Famer and 15-year WPT veteran Mike Sexton, who stepped down from his WPT announcer role three years ago to become chairman of partypoker.

Legendary tournament director Matt Savage will be the lead commentator for all five WPT Champions Cup events. A number of side events will also be streamed two to four times per week on partypokerTV. James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane will be in the “booth” for these tournaments, which will use the partypoker replayer system to show the action.

Lest non-English speakers be left out, the WPT World Online Championships live streams will also have commentary in several other languages. Included are Russian (Dmitry Shakhov and Ilya Gorodetskiy), German (Stefan Hachmeister and Christian Gross), Spanish (Gaston Catzman and Santiago Garcia), Portuguese and (Marcos Sketch and Thiago Crema De Macedo).

$100m over nearly two months

The WPT World Online Championships began on Friday, July 17 and run through Tuesday, September 8. There is $100m in guaranteed prize money across the dozen events. Only one re-entry at most is permitted in each event and no tournament will have more than two starting flights.

Rake is 3-7% and since the tournaments are on partypoker, players can earn rakeback on their tournament buy-ins.

WPT World Championship Online Main Event is a four-day event with two starting flights

Of the 12 events, eight have three buy-in tiers, one has two-tiers, three have just one buy-in tier. For the ones that have multiple buy-in levels, the highest one is considered the championship event. The current Omaha Hi-Lo championship is a three-day event. It began over the weekend with its two starting flights and is now nearing the end of Day 2.

The $10,300 buy-in WPT World Championship Online Main Event is a four-day event with two starting flights, so five calendar days total. It begins on August 29 and has a $10m guaranteed prize pool.