Embarking on its 21st season, the World Poker Tour® (WPT®) forged a dynamic collaboration with the acclaimed American artist, Daniel Arsham.
Recognized for his masterpieces showcased in galleries worldwide – from New York and Paris to Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil, and the Netherlands. Daniel Arsham‘s impactful contributions were particularly evident in the design of season XXI’s Championship Trophies, unveiling a unique sculpture aesthetic that made its debut at the WPT World Championship in 2022. Arsham’s creative influence not only expanded the artistic boundaries of the WPT but also ushered in a new era of innovation behind poker awards.
The inaugural collaboration in charitable endeavors between Arsham and the WPT happened in September of 2023 at Perrotin in New York. This event was dedicated to supporting The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an esteemed institution committed to ensuring fair access to high-quality education in the areas of art and science based in New York City. Being the alma mater of Daniel Arsham, the school holds a special place within his heart. The event featured a distinctive poker experience, requiring a $2,500 entry fee, that took place at the same time as a significant solo exhibition from Arsham to commemorate his two-decade-long collaboration with the gallery.
Later in the year, in December 2023, during the WPT World Championship Festival, the two parties hosted the first-ever WPT x Daniel Arsham Celebrity Invitational. The impressive lineup featured five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, French singer-songwriter and WSOP bracelet holder Patrick Bruel, along with the famous actress Arden Cho, Daytime Emmy Award-winner and legend of television Eileen Davidson, and the entrepreneur Adam Weitsman. The six-handed sit & go tournament was a televised event utilizing a custom Arsham-designed table and revamped TV set and backdrop. In the end, it was Adam Weitsman who proved victorious taking home the exclusive prize of a veiled Porsche sculpture designed by none other than Daniel Arsham himself.