Day 1 of the WPT Heads Up Poker Championship Presented by Poker King begins at 11 a.m. (PST) with eight matches today and eight more lined up for tomorrow. The invitational tournament consists of mostly professional poker players with a mix of well-known streamers and celebrities sprinkled into the field.
All live updates are on a two-hour delay (no spoilers posts, folks!), to match with the live stream. Tune in to WPT Twitch at 12:00PM PST to watch the pregame show and each match once the stream begins.
The opening match to kick off the festivities features world-famous DJ Steve Aoki and WPT champion Dan Smith.
The eight matches on Day 1 and Day 2 have staggered starting times with two matches taking place in each time slot.
Playing simultaneously alongside Aoki and Smith is Stefan “Stefan11222” Burukov against Timothy Adams. Burukov, an online high stakes cash player, is put to the test when he takes on Adams, a Triton regular with more than $24.4 million in career cashes, sitting second on Canada’s all-time earnings list.
Linus Loeliger draws heads-up specialist Olivier Busquet for their 1 p.m. (PST) match. Also playing in this time slot is Alexandra Botez — a Chess champion who streams on Twitch with over 850,000 followers, matched up against Hafu, a former World of Warcraft professional with more than a million followers.
Nick Schulman is broadcasting throughout the tournament but will be handing the mic over to Joey Ingram at 3 p.m. (PST) when he takes a seat in his first-round match with Chris Kruk. The other match taking place during that time will see Shiphtur, a former League of Legends pro, take on the highly accomplished Anthony Zinno ($3.1 million in WPT earnings and three WPT titles).
Brad Owen versus Daniel Dvoress and Tuukka “ButtonClickr” Sevanen versus an online qualifier are the two 5pm PST matches. Dvoress is a Canadian pro with more than $15.9 million in career earnings. He is currently is sitting 3rd in the WPT Player of the Year standings. He is set to play against a poker blogger with over 250,000 YouTube subscribers in Owen.
All players begin matches with 100,000 in chips. Blinds start at 400/800 with levels going up after every seven hands. Each match is a best-of-three format until the finals where the championship is decided in a best-of-five match.