World Curling Tour

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The World Curling Tour (WCT) is a group of curling bonspiels featuring the best male, female, and mixed doubles curlers in the world.



The World Curling Tour was founded by former World Champion Ed Lukowich, with later assistance from John Kawaja. [1]

The World Curling Tour commenced in 1992, with men's events only at first. It replaced the "Canadian Curling Tour" held the previous season. The first season consisted of 48 events (with only one outside Canada), and was sponsored by Seagram's distillery. Teams earned points in every event with the top 30 qualifying for the season ending "V.O. Cup", today known as the Players' Championship. Its first president and CEO was Lukowich. [2] The first two events were held on the first weekend of October 1992, the Red Carpet Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan and a qualifier for the Coca-Cola Classic in Winnipeg. [3]

In 2001, the WCT introduced a series of Grand Slam events for men which was later followed in 2006 by Grand Slam events for women. These became known as the Grand Slam of Curling and featured large payouts. Originally, curlers who participated in Grand Slam events were obliged to not participate in their respective Brier playdowns, however this was quickly rescinded.

Most WCT events are held in the Fall, and early Winter to avoid competing with the Brier and Scotties playdowns.

The WCT is experimenting with length of games in two interesting ways. The first is that the games are only eight ends long with a 4th end break. The second is that the time clocks only count "thinking time", so the clock goes off when the players throw the rock. The reason is that time clocks, an innovation created to speed up the game, would stop as soon as the stone stopped. With the old system where teams were given 73 minutes of time [4] if a team was losing, they would throw more draw shots which take time. The team that is winning throws more hits and thus ends up with more time if needed. So the WCT moved to "Thinking time" to even out this discrepancy. With this new system, each team is given 40 minutes of “Thinking Time” plus an additional 5 minutes if the game goes to an extra end. [4] The system is now a standard in Curling Canada championship events, though with a 38-minute limit for standard 10-end curling (four minutes for extra ends) and 22 minutes for mixed doubles. The 2018 Canada Cup experimented with breaking the time down by ends — four minutes per end in the first half of the game, and four minutes, 15 seconds in the second half; if time runs out, the offending team can play no more rocks in the end. [5]

The team with the most winnings at the end of the year wins the Founders Trophy. The winners in 2007 were Kevin Martin's team who won a total of $176,000.

A separate Women's World Curling Tour existed, until it was merged into the WCT in 2005. [6]

As of 2018, the Men's and Women's World Curling Tour begins its debut in early August with the Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic and has events taking place all throughout the curling season until the Champions Cup in late April. Each of the bonspiel events on the World Curling Tour lasts for approximately 3 days with a final payoff ranging in the thousands of dollars for the winners. There are 7 major men's and women's tournaments that are held throughout the year, each with a final cash prize of at least $100,000 for the winning team. These are the Elite 10, the Masters, the Tour Challenge, the National, the Canadian Open, the Players' Championship, and the Champions Cup. Together, these events are known as Grand Slam events because of the large payoff that is associated with them as well as the number of high-level curlers that play in these tournaments. There also used to be 2 more Grand Slam events for the women called the Sobeys Slam and Wayden Transportation Ladies Classic but these were discontinued in 2010.

On October 2, 2006, the license of rights for the Grand Slam of Curling was sold to Insight Sports Ltd. but was later sold again in August 2012 to Rogers Communications. [7] The WCT naming rights were then sold to Asham, a long time contributor to the sport, until 2014 and because of this, the World Curling Tour was renamed Asham's World Curling Tour. The Grand Slam was originally simply called the Grand Slam of Curling until 2008 when the rights were sold by the CBC to Capital One bank which renamed the Grand Slam the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling. Unlike the other World Curling Tour events, these Grand Slams they are played in 8-end games as opposed to the usual 10 end games found in the other WCT events. Another new rule that was first put into practice at the men's nationals in 2014 is the 5 rock rule which increased the 4 rock rule and free guard zone rule by another rock. [8] This changed the starting strategy of the game as the team with the hammer was able to throw up two guards uncontested instead of the usual 1 allowed with the previously used 4 rock rule. Through the addition of the Grand Slam events and the new rule changes, the WCT is rapidly becoming a well known series to sports fans worldwide.

On June 28, 2017, the Canadian-based World Curling Tour officially merged with the European and Asian based Curling Champions Tour to create a worldwide entity focused on growing the game on the international stage. The World Curling Tour World rights holder is now the Zurich Switzerland-based company CCT Event GmbH. This merger has also led to the growth of a Mixed Doubles tour, along with adding Junior and Wheelchair curling tours to expand the offering. [9]

Men's events

As of the 2019-2020 curling season [10]

WeekEventLocationPurseHeld in 2020–21?
1 Morioka City Mens Memorial Cup Morioka, Japan ¥ 195,000No
2 Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic Sapporo, Japan ¥‎1,700,000No
3 Advics Cup Kitami, Japan ¥‎1,700,000No
5 Baden Masters Baden, Switzerland CHF33,000Yes
5 Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker Morris, Manitoba CA$7,480No
6Cameron's Brewing Oakville Fall Classic Oakville, Ontario CA$16,000No
7 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard Oakville, Ontario CA$36,000Yes (play halted)
8 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic Cornwall, Ontario CA$59,000No
8Goldline US Open of Curling - Contender Round Blaine, Minnesota US$10,600 (2019)Yes (Not part of WCT)
8 King Cash Spiel Maple Ridge, British Columbia CA$11,500No
9Beyer & Simonson US Open of Curling - Championships Blaine, Minnesota US$11,400No
9 KW Fall Classic Waterloo, Ontario CA$8,400Yes
9 Mother Club Fall Curling Classic Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$10,000No
9 Cabot Spiel St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador CA$4,000No
9 Obihiro Ice Gold Cup Obihiro, Japan¥ 950,000No
9 The Good Times Bonspiel Calgary, Alberta CA$3,600No
10 Moosehead Fall Open Ottawa, OntarioCA$11,600No
10 The Curling Store Cashspiel Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia CA$5,250Yes
10 Tallinn Men's International Challenger Tallinn, Estonia € 3,000No
11 WCT Uiseong International Curling Cup Uiseong-eup, South Korea ₩ 55,000,000No
11 Swiss Cup Basel Basel, SwitzerlandCHF 38,000No
11 Stu Sells Toronto Tankard Toronto, OntarioCA$38,000Yes
11 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic Vernon, British Columbia CA$18,000No
11 Avonair Cash Spiel Edmonton, AlbertaCA$12,000No
11 St. Paul Let's Cure Lupus Cash Spiel St. Paul, Minnesota US$12,000No
11 Manitoba Curling Tour Classic Winnipeg, ManitobaCA$9,000No
11 Saskatoon Nutana Cash Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CA$9,500No
12 Driving Force Decks Int'l Abbotsford Cashspiel Abbotsford, British Columbia CA$22,800No
12 La Classique Ville de Lévis Lévis, Quebec CA$8,800No
12 McKee Homes Fall Curling Classic Airdrie, Alberta CA$12,800Yes
12 Bud Light Men's Cashspiel Halifax, Nova Scotia CA$6,400No
12 Kalamazoo Men's Classic Kalamazoo, Michigan US$3,300No
12 Moosehead Classic Open Ottawa, OntarioCA$5,500No
13 Curling Masters Champéry Champery, Switzerland CHF35,000Yes
13 Medicine Hat Charity Classic Medicine Hat, Alberta $CA 35,000No
13 Steele Cup Cash Fredericton, New Brunswick $CA 5,500No
13 Stroud Sleeman Cash Spiel Stroud, Ontario $CA 14,500No
14 Masters North Bay, Ontario CA$150,000No
14 Atlantic Superstore Monctonian Challenge Moncton, New Brunswick $CA 11,200No
14 Kamloops Crown of Curling Kamloops, British Columbia CA$16,000No
14 Atkins Curling Supplies Classic Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$12,300No
14 Blazing Leaves Bridgeport, Connecticut US$4,600No
14 Latvia International Challenger Tukums, Latvia €3,000No
14 Moose Jaw Cash Spiel Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan CA$6,800No
15 DeKalb Superspiel Morris, Manitoba CA$33,800TBD
15 Dave Jones Alexander Keith's Mayflower Cashspiel Halifax, Nova Scotia CA$20,000Yes
15 Grand Prix Bern Inter Curling Challenge Bern, SwitzerlandCHF 18,100No
15 Challenge Nord-Ouest Air Creebec Laval, Quebec $CA 12,500No
16Kioti Tractor GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1 Westville Road, Nova Scotia CA$120,000No
16Kioti Tractor GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2 Westville Road, Nova Scotia CA$50,000No
16 Original 16 WCT Bonspiel Calgary, Alberta CA$25,000No
16 Raymond Jones Kelowna Double Cash Kelowna, British Columbia CA$25,000No
16 Prague Classic Prague, Czech Republic €15,500No
16 Carberry King Spud Classic - Berth Spiel Carberry, Manitoba CA$6,500No
16 Regina Highland Cashspiel Regina, Saskatchewan CA$8,000No
16 Comco Cash Spiel Innisfil, Ontario CA$12,000No
17 Stu Sells 1824 Halifax Classic Halifax, Nova Scotia CA$35,000Yes
17 Red Deer Curling Classic Red Deer, Alberta CA$35,000No
18 Ashley HomeStore Curling Classic Penticton, British Columbia CA$84,000Yes
18 The Sunova Spiel at East St. Paul East St. Paul, Manitoba CA$10,500No
18 Challenge Casino de Charlevoix Clermont, Quebec CA$27,000No
18 Black Diamond / High River Cash Black Diamond, Alberta & High River, Alberta CA$7,100No
19 Home Hardware Canada Cup Leduc, Alberta CA$265,000No
19 College Clean Restoration Curling Classic Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CA$24,000No
19 Curl Mesabi Classic Eveleth, Minnesota US$14,000No
19 Brantford Nissan Classic Paris, Ontario CA$16,000No
19 Thistle Integrity Stakes Winnipeg, ManitobaCA$4,800No
20 Jim Sullivan Curling Classic Saint John, New Brunswick CA$15,300No
20 Changan Ford International Curling Elite Xining, ChinaCN¥225,000No
20 MCT Championships Winnipeg, ManitobaCA$6,000No
20 Farmers Edge SCT Wadena, Saskatchewan CA$13,000No
21 Boost National Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador CA$150,000No
21 China Open Tianjin, ChinaCN¥250,000No
21 Dumfries Challenger Series Dumfries, Scotland £7,500No
22 Karuizawa International Karuizawa, Japan ¥‎4,000,000No
22 Schweizer Cup Biel/Bienne, SwitzerlandCHF 11,000Yes (not part of WCT)
24 Mercure Perth Masters Perth, Scotland €17,000No
24 Centennial Spiel St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador CA$6,000No
24 KKP Classic Winnipeg, ManitobaCA$5,500No
24 Vic Open Assurances Jean Gamache Quebec City, QuebecCA$3,500No
25 Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic Tempe, Arizona US$22,000No
25 Keijinkai Rizing Cup Miyota, Japan¥ 1,000,000No
26 Meridian Canadian Open Yorkton, Saskatchewan CA$150,000No
29 Moscow Classic Moscow, RussiaUS$10,000No
29 Red Square Classic Moscow, RussiaUS$10,000No
30 Aberdeen International Curling Championship Aberdeen, Scotland£ 9,100No
38 Players' Championship Calgary CA$150,000 (2019)Yes
41 Humpty's Champions Cup Calgary CA$100,000 (2019)Yes

Grand Slam events indicated in bold.

New events

Some events were added for the 2020–21 season:

14 Adelboden International Adelboden, SwitzerlandCHF 4,200

Women's events

As of 2018-2019 curling season [11]

1 Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic Hokkaido, Japan ¥‎1,700,000
2 GOLDLINE Icebreaker at the Granite Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$6,020
3 Oakville Fall Classic Oakville, Ontario CA$9,000
4 HDF Insurance Shoot-Out Edmonton, Alberta CA$32,000
4 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard Oakville, Ontario CA$25,000
5 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic Cornwall, Ontario CA$29,500
5 Colonial Square Ladies Classic Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CA$27,000
5 Morris SunSpiel Morris, Manitoba CA$8,400
5 King Cash Spiel Maple Ridge, British Columbia CA$8,000
6 Mother Club Fall Curling Classic Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$8,000
6 Riga International Curling Challenge Riga, Latvia €2,000
6 KW Fall Classic Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
7 Princess Auto Elite 10 Chatham, Ontario CA$100,000
7 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic Vernon, British Columbia CA$41,000
7 Avonair Cash Spiel Edmonton, Alberta CA$8,000
7 Manitoba Curling Tour Classic Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$5,200
7 Tallinn Ladies International Challenge Tallinn, Estonia €3,000
8 Stockholm Ladies Cup Stockholm, Sweden 331,000 kr
8 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic Calgary, Alberta CA$50,000
8 StuSells Toronto Tankard Toronto, Ontario CA$17,500
8 New Scotland Clothing Ladies Cashspiel Halifax, Nova Scotia CA$6,400
8 St. Paul Let's Cure Lupus Cash Spiel St. Paul, Minnesota US$6,000
9 Women's Masters Basel Basel, Switzerland CHF32,000
9 Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel Abbotsford, British Columbia CA$10,000
9 Stroud Sleeman Cash Spiel Stroud, Ontario CA$7,200
10 China Open Beijing, China US$100,000
10 Canad Inns Women's Classic Portage la Prairie, Manitoba CA$60,000
10 Paf Masters Tour Aland, Finland €18,000
10 Medicine Hat Charity Classic Medicine Hat, Alberta CA$11,600
11 Masters of Curling Truro, Nova Scotia CA$125,000
11 Kamloops Crown of Curling Kamloops, British Columbia CA$16,000
11 Gord Carroll Curling Classic Whitby, Ontario CA$15,000
11 Fort Garry Industries Bonspiel Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$6,400
11 Latvia International Challenger Tukums, Latvia €3,000
12 DEKALB Superspiel Morris, Manitoba CA$45,000
12 Royal LePage Women's Fall Classic Kemptville, Ontario CA$21,000
12 Dave Jones Stanhope Simpson Insurance Mayflower Cashspiel Halifax, Nova Scotia CA$10,000
12 Raymond Jones Kelowna Double Cash Kelowna, British Columbia CA$9,000
13 GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1 Thunder Bay, Ontario CA$100,000
13 GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2 Thunder Bay, Ontario CA$50,000
13 Crestwood Ladies Fall Classic Edmonton, Alberta CA$11,000
14 Red Deer Curling Classic Red Deer, Alberta CA$35,000
15 Boundary Ford Curling Classic Lloydminster, Alberta CA$24,000
15 Spitfire Arms Cash Spiel Windsor, Nova Scotia CA$12,000
15 The Sunova Spiel at East St. Paul Winnipeg, Manitoba CA$10,500
16 Curl Mesabi Classic Eveleth, Minnesota US$15,000
17 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling Estevan, Saskatchewan CA$70,000
17 CCT City of Perth Ladies International Perth, Scotland £15,800
17 MCT Championships Dauphin, Manitoba CA$8,000
17 WFG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic Saint John, New Brunswick CA$5,500
18 Boost National Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador CA$100,000
18 Dakota Challenger Spiel Lakeville, Minnesota US$4,000
19 Karuizawa International Karuizawa, Japan ¥‎4,000,000
20 ASHAM U.S. Open of Curling Blaine, Minnesota US$20,000
22 Meridian Canadian Open North Battleford, Saskatchewan CA$100,000
22 International Bernese Ladies Cup Bern, Switzerland CHF21,500
23 Glynhill Ladies International Glasgow, Scotland £11,000
35 Players' Championship Toronto, Ontario CA$100,000
37 Humpty's Champions Cup Calgary, Alberta CA$150,000

Grand Slam events indicated in bold.

Mixed doubles events

As of 2018-2019 curling season [12]

3 Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles Naseby, New Zealand
3 Battleford Mixed Doubles Fall Curling Classic North Battleford, Saskatchewan CA$13,500
4 Oberstdorf International Mixed Doubles Cup Oberstdorf, Germany €3,200
6 WCT Tallinn Mixed Doubles International Tallinn, Estonia €1,200
9 Sherwood Park Mixed Doubles Classic Edmonton, Alberta CA$4,000
10 WCT Austrian Mixed Doubles Cup Kitzbuehel, Austria €3,500
11 WCT Mixed Doubles Cup Geising Geising, Germany €3,500
12 MadTown DoubleDown Madison, Wisconsin US$24,000
12 Palmerston Mixed Doubles Spiel Palmerston, Ontario CA$1,200
13 International Mixed Doubles Sochi Sochi, Russia
14 Mixed Doubles Bern Bern, Switzerland CHF10,000
14 Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Championship Portage la Prairie, Manitoba CA$36,000
15 Ilderton Mixed Doubles Spiel Ilderton, Ontario CA$3,500
16 WCT Mixed Doubles Lodz Lodz, Poland €2,800
17 PrimeLending Mixed Doubles Championship Midland, Michigan US$7,500
17 Sutherland Mixed Doubles Curling Classic Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CA$13,500
19 Italian Mixed Doubles Cup Pinerolo, Italy €3,000
20 Southern Mixed Doubles Charlotte, North Carolina US$3,400
21 Qualico Communities Mixed Doubles Classic Canmore/Banff, Alberta CA$30,000
22 WCT Dutch Masters Mixed Doubles Zoetermeer, Netherlands €1,250
22 Callie Mixed Doubles Classic Regina, Saskatchewan CA$13,500
23 Toronto Cricket Mixed Doubles Cashspiel Toronto, Ontario
24 Gefle Mixed Doubles Cup Gävle, Sweden3,600 kr
26 Listowel Mixed Doubles Cashspiel Listowel, Ontario CA$9,000
26 International Mixed Doubles Trophy Aarau Aarau, Switzerland CHF7,000
27 WCT Tallinn Masters Mixed Doubles Tallinn, Estonia €1,250
27 Nutana Mixed Doubles Classic Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CA$13,500
28 Slovakia Mixed Doubles Curling Cup Bratislava, Slovakia €2,800
29 International Mixed Doubles Sochi 2 Sochi, Russia
31 Westbay Hungarian Mixed Doubles Cup Budapest, Hungary €3,100
32 International Mixed Doubles Dumfries Dumfries, Scotland £5,200
34 LODE Latvian Mixed Doubles Curling Cup 1 Riga, Latvia €1,000
35 LODE Latvian Mixed Doubles Curling Cup 2 Riga, Latvia €1,000

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