The World Poker Tour is set to return to the Maryland Live! Casino for the third annual WPTMaryland Live! $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event, the centerpiece of a 20-event tournamentseries running from Sept. 22 – Oct. 4 that has $2.8 million in total guarantees. The main event has increased its guaranteed prize pool to $2 million this year, up from $1.5 million in 2016.
Maryland Live! is conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington D.C. and is home to a 15,000 square foot, 52-table poker room. The room, which opened just three years ago, is the largest in the state of Maryland and one of the biggest in the country.
Last year saw the second running of the WPT Maryland Live! main event. The tournament drew a field of 554 entries to build a $1,772,800 prize pool.
In the end, Zachary Smiley came out on top with his first WPTtitle and the top prize of $356,536.
Cate Hall has made the final table of both the previous runnings of this main event, finishing in fifth place in 2015 and in sixth place in 2016. Can she complete the hat trick this year? Hall was one of several big-name players to make this final table last year, including Mario Sylvestri (3rd – $153,983), three-time WPT champion Darren Elias (4th – $113,905), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani (5th – $85,429) and WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open winner Brian Altman (8th – $45,527).
For those who bust out of the main event early and are still clamoring for high-stakes action, there will be a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event held on Oct. 2. Those who are looking for a more affordable price point, there will be a $20,000 guaranteed $230 buy-in event that also kicks off on Oct. 2, followed by a $1,100 buy-in $10,0000 guaranteed bounty turbo event on Oct. 3.