The World Poker Tour has announced the first half of the tournament schedule for Season XII as well as a new agreement with Fox Sports that will see their televised events distributed all around the world.
The Season XII World Poker Tour schedule is jam-packed with tournament action with almost sixty events taking place all over the world.
The World Poker truly is now a global event with tournaments set to take place in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean and Africa.
WPT President Adam Pliska was delighted that the new deal with Fox Sports conceded with the expansion of the tour.
“Our strategy of global expansion is now being fully realized,” Pliska said.
“From 18 events in Season VIII to nearly 60 Main Tour, Regional, and National events in Season XI, World Poker Tour will provide FSN with nearly 100 hours of original programming over the course of this agreement.
“With the greater support and distribution that our new deal provides, World Poker Tour is now guaranteed to make up a major share of the best-in-class, US television poker real estate for years to come.”
Fox Sports Network Vice President of Programming David Sussin said the company was thrilled to be partnering with the World Poker Tour.
“World Poker Tour has delivered record viewers over the past two seasons, and that is a testament to the consistent quality of the show and WPT’s position as the world’s premiere provider of poker programming,” Sussin said.
The World Poker Tour will be visiting a number of new casinos in 2013 and Executive Tour Director Matt Savage said they will continue to work hard to offer the best possible tournament experience for players at all events.
“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done to grow the World Poker Tour over the past few seasons,” Savage said.
“With our new schedule and expanded global presence, it’s more important than ever to provide our partners and players with the best experience possible at every stop the WPT makes.
“I’m looking forward to working with both constituencies to make this happen and to continue our worldwide growth.”
Season XII of the World Poker Tour will kick off with the WPT Legends of Poker event at the Bicycle Casino on August 29th.
Other highlights on the schedule include The WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club in France, WPT Montreal at the Playground Poker Club and the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
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