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Professional Poker Tour

The Professional Poker Tour (PPT) was a series of televised poker tournaments, spinning off from the World Poker Tour (WPT) television series. It billed itself as the first professional poker league, and was limited to players who have established themselves on the World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker, or major participation on the poker circuit.

Matt Corboy was the lead commentator, with poker pro Mark Seif as color commentator and Kaye Han as floor reporter. The first season, taped in 2004-2005, began airing regularly on Travel Channel on July 5, 2006 and left the air in 2007.

Television format

Events were telecast across five shows each. The first four shows were labeled as quarters, from 1st Quarter to 4th Quarter, reflecting early-round play in the event. The final six-player table was the fifth show of the cycle.


These tournaments were invitation-only freerolls (no entry fee, but only certain players were invited).

First season qualifiers

Second season

The PPT was canceled after one season. Events that comprised the PPT in 2005 were integrated into the WPT schedule in 2007-08.


Event Winner Prize Other Finalists
World Poker Finals John Juanda $225,000
LA Poker Classic Erick Lindgren $225,000
Bay 101 Tom McEvoy $225,000
  • Marsha Waggoner
  • Alfredo "Toto" Leonidas
  • Casey Kastle
  • Paul Magriel
  • Hoyt Corkins
3rd Annual Five Star World Poker Classic Lee Markholt $225,000
Mirage Poker Showdown Ted Forrest $225,000
  • Randy Jensen
  • David Levi
  • Tom Franklin
  • Chris Tsiprailidis
  • Blair Rodman