2017 WPT Tournament of Champions Trip Recap (Vlog + Pics)

By Robbie Strazynski
April 25, 2017

After having had such a great trip to cover the 2017 World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions festivities, I thought it would be fun to put together a trip recap post from a more personal angle. Below, you’ll find a short vlog as well as a photo essay with some of my favorite pictures from the trip. Included are some images from what I would certainly call “behind the scenes”. I hope you enjoy vicariously consuming the sights and sounds I experienced at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.




Springtime in Miami doesn’t get much more beautiful. We were blessed with awesome weather throughout.

Seminole Hard Rock - Hollywood, Florida

Lest one be uncertain where they were 🙂 , there were signs all over the place indicating that you’d arrived at the Seminole Hard Rock – Hollywood, Florida

Poker Media Robbie

There’s me hard at work, alone in media row… I was one of the first to arrive. Or, maybe I was just posing for the picture…. I’ll let you be the judge 🙂

WPT Media

The WPT media crew hard at work (bottom right), a poker media powwow (left), and good times amongst media members at the Vince Van Patten roast (top right).

full poker room

Have to include a “standard” picture of a huge ballroom full of tournament poker players…

WPT $10K Final Table - Ryan Riess

Watching the action unfold at the WPT $10K event final table, eventually won by Ryan Riess

Seminole Hard Rock - Hollywood, Florida - Poolside

Have I mentioned that the weather was awesome? Picturesque palms poolside, with the hotel tower in the background.

WPT cast

Adam Pliska, together with members of the World Poker Tour cast and tournament officials, announcing the start of the Tournament of Champions.

Lunch with Eli Elezra

Enjoying a delicious shwarma lunch with Eli Elezra

WPT Trophy

The unmistakable WPT trophy aside some of the sponsor-added prizes received by the Tournament of Champions winner (Jason Mercier).

Robbie & Jesse Sylvia

Me and Jesse Sylvia enjoying the players party

pool party

A couple of shots from the WPT players party, by the pool

Robbie guitars

Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you!



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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