The World Poker Tour (WPT) has matured into a gaming giant, and is celebrating its 20th season all year long. The Legends of Poker is currently underway at The Bicycle Casino and Restaurant, also known as “the Bike”. WPT has returned to “the Bike” for the first time after the pandemic.

The Bicycle Casio and Restaurant has special importance as it was one of the few casinos that believed in the WPT vision some 20 years ago. The World Poker Tour (WPT) CEO Adam Pliska said, two decades ago, this casino was among a handful that took a massive risk on a new initiative known as World Poker Tour. Twenty years later, this facility has produced some of the greatest poker players, and you can see them on the wall, Pliska added.

Some big names on the wall include the 2004 event champion and poker legend Doyle Brunson. His banner is at the entrance of the hallway. Mel Judah’s banner stands nearby, indicating his win in the 2003 WPT Legends of Poker event. On the left side of Judah, Chris Karagulleyan’s banner catches the eyes of viewers. The champion won the first event of the WPT for $258,000 in 2002.


WPT Legends of Poker Winners

Year Entry Fee Champion Participants Prize Pool Top Prize
2002 $5,000 Chris Karagulleyan 134 $583,380 $258,000
2003 $5,000 Mel Judah 309 $1,545,000 $579,375
2004 $5,000 Doyle Brunson 667 $3,335,000 $1,198,260
2005 $5,000 Alex Kahaner 839 $4,195,000 $1,151,900
2006 $10,000 Joe Pelton 466 $4,520,200 $1,602,670
2007 $10,000 Dan Harrington 485 $4,607,500 $1,599,865
2008 $10,000 John Phan 373 $3,520,738 $1,116,428
2009 $10,000 Pharlad Friedman 279 $2,625,000 $1,009,000
2010 $5,000 Andy Frankenberger 462 $2,151,072 $750,000
2011 $3,700 Will Failla 757 $2,570,015 $758,085
2012 $3,700 Josh Hale 622 $2,111,690 $500,000
2013 $3,700 Jordan Cristos 716 $2,430,820 $613,355
2014 $3,700 Harry Arutyunyan 593 $2,172,994 $576,369
2015 $3,700 Mike Chariati 786 $2,630,349 $675,942
2016 $4,000 Pat Lyons 687 $2,465,643 $615,346
2017 $4,000 Art Papazyan 763 $2,738,407 $668,692
2019 $5,000 Aaron Van Blarcum 520 $2,392,000 $474,390
2022 $5,250  —————– 642 $3,113,700 $573,350


The 20th birthday of the WPT was celebrated with a cake, and Mo Fathipour from the Parkwest Bicycle Casino bought the dinner for the guests. Matt Savage, the WPT Executive Tour Director, welcomed the players to the final flight and said staff is the heart of this event and the management team is as important as others.

After the conclusion of the 2022 WPT Legends of Poker, the tour’s next destination is Florida, where the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will start on September 2.


Remaining WPT Events Schedule

Dates Event Entry Fee Venue
September 2-7 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
September 23-27 WPT Australia $5,400 AUD The Star Gold Coast
October 19-23 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Bellagio Resort and Casino
November 25-30 WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
December 12-18 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas $10,400 Wynn Las Vegas





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