With a New Year looming, many people’s thoughts are turning to making plans for the year ahead. This may be around booking holidays, following their favourite sports teams or just about making the most of the free time that comes along. For poker players though, every New Year brings about a new poker schedule and this is what has got many people excited of late. There is a new WPT schedule for 2013 in place and the excitement is already starting to build about what lies ahead when January rolls around.

Given that the WPT is one of the most prestigious poker tournaments and organisations in the world, it is no surprise that they have something big lined up for the New Year. The tournament schedule will be making stop-offs at one of the biggest and most famous poker venues around the world. The United States and Europe will see the top poker players in the world head to these nine famous venues before all attention turns to the big event of the season. Yes, the 11th WPT season will be concluded, once again, with the Champions Week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. When it comes to the true home of poker, it is hard to argue against the Bellagio, making this an outstanding choice for such an outstanding poker event.

Let’s get this year on the road

January is often a dull month but this means that the WPT has been keen to set the record straight and get 2013 off to a flying start. This can be seen with the fact that the WPT will be heading to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the end of the month. The brand new $3,500 Borgata Winter Poker Open begins on the 27th of January and gives poker players something to get excited about early on.

In February the tour continues and the stop off in Florida will hopefully bring some great sunshine and weather to the early part of the year. The $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino between the 8th and 12th of February. From there, the action swings across to Europe where Austria will welcome players to the Montesino Casino and the 3,500 euros WPT Vienna event. This event takes place between the 18th and 23rd of February but the 23rd also seeks the kick-off of the $10,000 WPT LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California.

February is a massive month

With three major events in February, it may be the shortest month but it is proving itself to be a massive month with respect to the WPT schedule for 2013.

The start of March welcomes the year’s only bounty event with Silicon Valley being the destination. If you like the idea of taking out the top players who have a price on their head, the $7,500 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star event between the 4thand 8th of March is definitely going to be a big event!

It is then back to Europe and the beautiful city of Barcelona where the 3,500 euros WPT Barcelona event takes place between the 5th and 10th of April. After this, there is a short period of time before returning to Seminole and the $5,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown!

Hail to the champions!

The fun then dies down for a little while but that is only to increase the excitement and anticipation around the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller Championship and the $25,000 WPT World Championship. The action begins on the 18th of May at the Bellagio and continues all the way through until the 25th of May. This is definitely the Champion’s Week and these events are already guaranteed to be two of the biggest events of the year.

This should leave even the most excitable of poker players satisfied but if you are looking for a little but more, WPT has you covered. This is because they have provided a number of national events in Europe and Southern Africa to ensure that players get the chance to join in with the fun as much as they can.

There will be events taking place in Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Cyprus and even Mauritius so the fun is open to all. If you want to experience the glitz and the glamour of the buy-in WPT event but feel as the major events are out of your league, this is what you should be looking towards. These events also run between January and May, so get involved in the first half of 2013!

The WPT schedule already looks to have assured that 2013 is going to be another massive poker year!