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The World Poker Tour (WPT) has been celebrating its 20th anniversary all season long, and come December things will culminate with the highly-anticipated $10,400 buy-in, $15 million GTD WPT World Championship at Wynn Lass Vegas.

While the tournament is sure to attract some of the big-name poker pros, it’ll also be chock full of qualifiers and satellite winners. The Wynn is already offering live $1,100 buy-in satellite, while ClubWPT is proud to announce a series of online qualifiers where the winner of each satellite will be awarded a $12,000 Passport to the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. That passport includes the tournament buy-in, plus a hotel and travel stipend.

There have already been more than two dozen ClubWPT qualifiers, and PokerNews recently caught up with the first to find out what it was like to punch their ticket to one of poker’s biggest tournaments.

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Introducing the First ClubWPT Qualifier

One player that will be going is 39-year-old Drew Rautenberg of Medfield, Massachusetts as he became the first player to claim a passport back in May.

“I grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts and went to college at Bryant University in Rhode Island,” Rautenberg told PokerNews. “I work in Boston in compliance for a large financial company. I’m married with two daughters, Ainsley (3) and Aubree (2). My wife’s name is Sam.”

Drew Rautenberg
Drew Rautenberg and his wife Sam.

Fittingly, Rautenberg’s ClubWPT name is “Ainsley” after his oldest daughter. Additionally, the family had two dogs – a Chocolate Lab, Cupcake, and a Black Lab named Lexi.

Aside from playing recreational poker, the diehard Celtics and Patriots fan enjoys golf and playing basketball. As for poker, he learned the game in college after Chris Moneymaker helped spark the “Poker Boom.”

“I have never played in a live poker tournament at a casino, and I can’t wait for this tournament,” he admitted. He had friends make the trip to nearby Foxwoods Casino to grind $1/$2 no-limit hold’em, but Rautenberg never joined.

“I never went with them, but we would play small tournaments in the dorm room,” he said. “The school had their first poker tournament and I won it.”

Drew Rautenberg
Drew Rautenberg

As for ClubWPT, Rautenberg has been a member for about two years.

“With the pandemic and two little kids, I wasn’t leaving the house much and I wanted to find something to do for fun and maybe win some money. I joined ClubWPT because I saw that you could win trips to play in tournaments for millions of dollars and it only cost a monthly fee. The tournaments are at good times for me.”

While he hasn’t played in any major poker events, his trip to Wynn come December won’t be his first visit to Las Vegas. He’s actually been twice before, but didn’t play poker on either trip as one was a guy’s weekend and the other a bachelor party.

“My proudest poker moment is definitely winning a seat on ClubWPT,” said Rautenberg. “I’m so excited to be a part of the tournament. I’m excited to feel the atmosphere. I’m excited to play and be able to say I won a hand in a major tournament. I’m excited to say I beat some people, maybe pros. I’m excited to meet some of the other ClubWPT players.”

In addition, Rautenberg is hoping to meet some of his poker favorites.

“I would love to meet some pros like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, and Tony Dunst. These are all poker legends that I see frequently on TV. I would love to take some pictures and put them in my man cave at home.”

ClubWPT Qualifiers Thus Far for WPT Wynn

Upcoming $12,000 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas Passport Qualifiers are:

Date QualifierPlayerCityState
5/14/2022Drew RautenbergMedfieldMA
5/28/2022Bruce RamothSelawikAK
5/29/2022Quran CruseWest HartfordCT
6/5/2022William HaysJacksonTN
6/19/2022Michael Ensey IIGun BarrelTX
7/3/2022Jason KilbyWakemanOH
7/10/2022Philip AlemanStaten IslandNY
7/10/2022Kurt CarlsonGoldenCO
7/17/2022Ronald “Tigar” PenepentClevelandTN
7/24/2022Sepideh MoghaddamBellaireTX
8/7/2022Joseph GiannoneCitrus HeightsCA
8/14/2022Dan LincolnWest BridgewaterMA
8/28/2022William HainesSuperiorCO
8/28/2022Albert CohenMount DoraFL
9/4/2022Richard JarosNorth AnsonME
9/11/2022Mike RobinsonLone StarTX
9/18/2022Timothy RobinsLincolnNE
9/25/2022Stacey BreslinLakemoorIL
10/2/2022Jerry TuckerFlorenceKY

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*Images courtesy of Drew Rautenberg.

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Chad Holloway

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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.

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