Doyle Brunson Signing and VIP Player Lounge Both Big Hits at the WPT World Championship

Doyle Brunson Signing and VIP Player Lounge Both Big Hits at the WPT World Championship

The World Championship of the World Poker Tour (WPT). is in full swing a Wynn Las Vegas, and the reception to the new festival has been overwhelmingly positive. This is not just for the poker action, but click here to see the full schedule – but also the events and amenities offered to fans, players and qualifiers.

During the last two months, PokerNews has been highlighting several qualifiers among them those who entered playing the ClubWPTraffle winners like ours live reporter Liam Gannonand other satellite opportunities.

Qualifiers and sweepstakes winners enjoy the full WPT experience, which means access to exclusive events and Player’s VIP lounge, which has been very successful. In addition, fans are given the chance to win $10,400 seats to the $15 million GTD WPT World Championship, which runs from December 12-20. This included a 1 in 200 shot attending the Poker Hall of Famer and WPT Ambassador’s book signing Doyle Brunson.

Valerie Zaklama earns a $10,400 seat through book signings

A week ago, the WPT sent out a tweet saying they would be hosting an exclusive book signing. Poker legend Doyle Brunson was going to be at the Wynn to hand out signed copies of his autobiography The Godfather of Poker, which PokerNews covered here, to the first 200 people in line.

In order to qualify, fans had to comment on the tweet and register or be a member of ClubWPT. Additionally, a special copy would contain a ticket to the $10,400 WPT World Championship.

Fans lined the aisle waiting for their chance to sit with Texas Dolly, have a photo opportunity and receive a free copy of her book. While They Waited, 1998 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Champion and Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen he went down the line shaking hands with poker fans.

Doyle Brunson Signing and VIP Player Lounge Both Big Hits at the WPT World Championship
Scotty Nguyen and Doyle Brunson

The players were understandably excited not only to meet Brunson, but also to have a good shot at winning a coveted seat. The winner ended up being Valerie Zaklamawho was lucky enough to receive the specially signed book with the winning ticket.

Valerie Zaklama and Doyle Brunson
Winner Valerie Zaklama with Doyle Brunson.

A look at the VIP lounge

One of the perks Zaklama will receive for winning the seat is access to the VIP lounge, which is by invitation only for WPT Champions Club members, ClubWPT qualifiers, WPT Global qualifiers and special gift winners.

In the lounge you’ll find a variety of amenities, including private seating (massage chairs and ottomans are available along with traditional couches and tables and chairs), arcade machines, video games, air hockey, a pool, a secluded outdoor area, and food and beverage options ( including a dinner in the evening).

The VIP lounge, which is guarded by lounge attendants, has already proven to be a hit with those lucky enough to have access. While there, it’s not uncommon to see WPT ambassadors and talent mingling with the qualifiers. In fact, Adam Pliska, President of the WPT he can often be found there competing in the various games on offer.

The WPT VIP Room
Adam Pliska
Adam Pliska playing the WPT pinball machine!
Adam Pliska
Adam Pliska competing in air hockey.

Bonus: New Vlog by Andrew Neeme

The WPT World Championship began with the Premier Meet-Up Game (MUG), which we previously summarized here. Well, one of the men responsible for building that legendary game, WPT Ambassador Andrew Chap, recently posted a new vlog about the experience. Check it out:

Did you know the World Poker Tour is online?


The launch of WPT Global means poker players around the world now have the chance to win their way into WPT events, win prizes and enjoy exciting games like Poker Flips. As one of the largest cash game poker networks in the world, WPT Global is available in more than 50 countries and territories worldwide.

WPT Global offers a great deposit match bonus: 100% on deposits up to $1,200 (using any payment method). New players who deposit a minimum of $20 automatically receive this match bonus which is unlocked in $5 increments (credited directly to the cashier) for every $20 of rake contribution.

Both tournaments and cash games count towards unlocking bonuses; new players have 90 days from date of first deposit to unlock i claim the full amount of the bonus.

Hear more about the WPT World Championship on the new PokerNews podcast!

*Images courtesy of WPT/Drew Amato.

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