It’s time for the World Poker Tour (WPT) champions to celebrate their victory a bit differently this year. The trophies they earn won’t just represent their mastery of the game, but also reflect their touch of American art. These awards, designed by talented artist Daniel Arsham, are sure to set WPT Season XXI apart.
WPT CEO Adam Pliska announced this unusual cooperation in a press statement, highlighting Arsham’s remarkable ability and the fresh depth it provides to the current lifestyle that poker aficionados adore. The anticipation is palpable, as each 2023 WPT Champion will be presented with an Arsham masterpiece.
“In the history of WPT, this may well be the most creative partnership we have ever taken on. Daniel is an incredible artist that melds well with the contemporary lifestyle that poker fosters. We are honored to award a true work of art to all 2023 WPT Champions.”
Going Beyond Traditional Trophies
Winning the WPT championship means more than just getting your name etched on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. This year, the champs also take home a distinctive Arsham sculpture trophy. The debut award of the trophy was when Eliot Hudon clinched the 2022 WPT World Championship and a $4.1 million prize.
Who is Daniel Arsham?
Daniel Arsham is a New York City-based artist whose works include architecture, drawing, and cinema. However, he is most known for his sculptures. His works may be shown in galleries all around the world, including Paris, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
Arsham’s artistic scope extends beyond the awards. He has also designed a one-of-a-kind chip set and chip case for the WPT competitions. Furthermore, he is responsible for the design of the feature table stage, which serves as a focal point during these events.
The WPT-Arsham collaboration expands to benefit the community. WPT intends to hold a fundraising event at a New York contemporary art gallery. The Copper Onion, Arsham’s alma mater, will get 100% of the revenues.
This program represents an opportunity for Arsham to give back to the institution that helped shape his creative career. He sees this collaboration with WPT as a chance to enhance Cooper’s purpose of supporting free arts education for all.
The handmade sculpture trophies will be awarded at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event and WPT Choctaw Main Event.
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