The World Poker Tour, which has long been known for creating some of the largest and most prestigious poker tournaments the world over, has been focusing on recruiting more recreational players of late by creating more affordable buy-in events.
In 2010 the WPT created two such tournament circuits – the WPT Regional Series and the WPT National Series – which introduced less pricey Main Events than previous tournaments while still offering the opportunity to play alongside some of the game’s most recognizable players.
Only last week, the WPT announced a new event set to join this roster of successful, cheaper events. The new $560 buy-in event is coming to Las Vegas this summer with $1 million in prize money guaranteed.
“We are extremely excited to announce partypoker presents: WPT500 at Aria Resort & Casino, WPT’s newest tournament format,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “It’s nice to be back in Las Vegas, hosting our first event at ARIA and partnering again with partypoker to bring poker players to this special $500 + $65 buy-in event.”
Now, it’s been announced that the WPT has teamed up with the DeepStacks Poker Tour to form WPTDeepStacks, which will replace the existing WPT Regional and DeepStacks Poker Tour brands.
“This is one of those rare win-win-wins,” said Pliska. “Combining WPT’s brand with DSPT’s staff and cutting-edge approach is a victory for both brands. We couldn’t be more excited about what this means for poker players everywhere.”
The newly-branded tour will offer players larger prize pools, bigger fields, and the addition of a seat into the 2015 WPT World Championship as part of the new WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year race.
The first WPTDeepStacks Main Event kicks off this weekend at the Turlock Poker Room & Casino in California. The $1,000 buy-in event, hosted by DeepStacks Pro Tristan Wade, begins on Friday, May 2 and features two starting flights.
“WPTDeepStacks completely redefines the mid-major tournament market, delivering a world class experience to low and medium buy-in players, at a fraction of the cost,” said DSPT President Chris Torina. “WPT is an exceptional brand to align with and this partnership will be an industry game changer.”
Other upcoming events in the series include:
May 23 – June 1: The Bicycle Casino – Los Angeles
September 20-28: Grey Eagle Casino – Calgary
October 4-12: Casino Yellowhead – Edmonton
October 22-26: Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City – London
November 5-9: Dragonara Casino – Malta
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