LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The World Poker Tour® has crowned its latest champion in the first-ever WPT® Online Championship on partypoker, won by Christian Jeppsson. The Swedish-born Jeppsson wins $923,786 and a $15,000 seat to the Season XVIII WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal.
Jeppsson defeated the largest field in WPT Main Tour history, a record-breaking 2,130 entries. The $3,200 buy-in, $5 million guaranteed WPT Online Main Event is the first World Poker Tour Main Tour event to take place exclusively online. The final prize pool for the event totalled $6,390,000, and 312 players finished in the money.
Notable players who placed in the money included four-time WPT Champion Darren Elias, Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship TV final tablist Chance Kornuth, Season VIII WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka, and Season XVII Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions winner Ole Schemion.
Jeppsson commented on his huge win by saying, "You feel like you won something more like a sporting event. You have so much adrenaline pumping and then you won. That feeling, I can feel. [The money] is so hard to take in."
The WPT Online Championship is part of the historic WPT Online Series on partypoker, with the series continuing until May 31.
The $1,050 WPTDeepStacks™ Online event includes a guarantee of $3 million, and is positioned to be the largest WPTDeepStacks event in history, with a winner to be crowned on May 27.
“The World Poker Tour celebrates another remarkable milestone and congratulates Christian Jeppsson on his achievement of winning the WPT Online Championship,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “The WPT Online Series is continuing to break records and the largest field in 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour is a testament to poker’s global popularity and the vibrant online poker economy.”
Hermance Blum, WPT VP Europe, added, “WPT thanks partypoker for its partnership and celebrates with them this landmark occasion. Cheers to Christian Jeppsson, who we are excited to see play in the WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal.”
For more information about the World Poker Tour and the WPT Online Series, visit WPT.com.
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World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 18th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 43 states and territories across the United States, Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, go to WPT.com. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.
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Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ: AESE) is a global esports entertainment venture dedicated to providing transformative live experiences, multiplatform content and interactive services to audiences worldwide through its strategic fusion of two powerful entertainment brands: Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour (WPT). Allied Esports Entertainment was created in August 2019 when Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. completed its business combination with Allied Esports and WPT Enterprises.
partypoker.com is one of the oldest, most recognised and trusted online poker brands. Launched in August 2001, partypoker.com is one of the pioneers of the online poker industry. Every day, thousands of players take a seat at our tables to enjoy cash games, generous tournament prize pools and attractive promotions. Accessible online via web and download or on mobile with iOS and android apps, players can also experience real life partypoker events through their partnership with Dusk Till Dawn Casino, Nottingham, Playground poker club, Montreal or at other partner venues around the world.
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