Posts Tagged ‘Adam Pliska’

WPT and DeepStacks Join Forces for Global Poker Tour

by | Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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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Major Changes at World Poker Tour Championship

by | Published: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Season XII WPT World Championship, which began on Monday April 21, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has seen some major changes in its structure.

For the first time ever, the tour’s season-ending event will be held outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The World Poker Tour Championship event spent its first 11 seasons at the Bellagio in LV, which was once considered the poker mecca of the world.

However, as World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska put it, “sometimes you just gotta shake things up.

“The numbers in the Championship were down and people were noticing that,” Pliska said. “The WPT Championship is something special. With so many other changes that have happened on the World Poker Tour, at some point you have to tend to the championship. It’s a focal point.”

For years, the WPT Championship at the Bellagio was the must-play poker tournament of the season for the game’s biggest superstars. More than $60 million in prize money has been won in the event since 2003, making it the most lucrative event on the WPT schedule by a mile.

However, attendance for the event has been dwindling every year bar one since 2007, where Carlos Mortensen defeated a field of 639 to win nearly $4 million. Compare this to last year’s event, where only 146 players participated. This was the smallest turnout since the debut season of 111 participants in 2003.

This decline, coupled with player feedback about the Bellagio, resulted in some major adjustments being made to the Championship Event this year.

In September, the tour announced Borgata as the new home for its flagship event. Pliska says Atlantic City was chosen due to the parent company’s new presence in NJ’s burgeoning online poker market.

“The moving of the WPT Championship is as much about celebrating legalized, regulated gaming in the United States as anything else,” Pliska told PokerNews. “What we need now in the poker community is to celebrate that as much as possible in order to spread it into multiple states and every state. I think this could open up a lot of opportunities for people to play in WPT events.”

Pliska and his team decided to take advantage of the online poker market for this year’s Championship. Five seats to the tournament have been given away through satellites at nj.partypoker.com, in addition to qualifiers at BorgataPoker.com and even DraftKings.com, the official fantasy sports partner of the WPT.

In another move to make the tournament more accessible, the $25,000 price tag was slashed to $15,400. The championship event will also carry a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, with at least $1.35 million going to the champion. The last time the WPT Championship prize pool hit $5 million was in 2011, which was also the last time a player won over $1.35 million.

“When you’re changing tradition, I think you’ve got to reevaluate things. And we have,” Pliska said. “There had been a lot of push to keep the Championship at a level that is prestigious, but at the same time bringing it down to a more accessible level. So that’s what we did.

“We’ll try this, take player feedback and see how it goes.”

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Maiden WPT Korea Event Announced for December

by | Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The World Poker Tour has announced a return to Asia scheduled for this December, with the maiden WPT Korea event set to feature on the island province of Jeju, off the south coast of mainland Korea.

Ear-marked as major draw cards of the event is the $2,700+300 buy-in WPT Korea Main Event, as well as the final table of the WPT National China event and will be battled out at the Ramada Plaza Hotel’s WPT Club Phoenix Poker Room from the 15-19 of December, 2013.

WPT President Adam Pliska outlined the body’s delight in the addition of the quickly approaching event.

“After the success of our recent event in China, we’re looking forward to attracting a strong field in Jeju as we expand the WPT brand further into Asia” Pliska said.

“With two final tables playing out in the same venue just days apart, we’re confident that the launch of WPT Korea will be just the beginning of more WPT events throughout the region in coming seasons.”

Set to feature two Day 1 flights with re-entry, the WPT Korea will also mark a first for the entire World Poker Tour, as it will be the first occasion in the tour’s history that a live final table will be held at the same venue simultaneously.

On the first day of play, the final table of the WPT National China will be moved to Jeju (as previously outlined), where the event will be live streamed for viewing by literally anyone in the world. The WPT National China will award over $254,000 to the last man standing, which each player at the final table receiving a complimentary entry into the WPT Korea Main Event.

Already set to attend are such familiar Poker names as WPT Executive Tour Manager Matt Savage, with commentary from Lacey Jones, Xuan Liu and Tony Dunst, the latter of which recently claimed the WPT Caribbean in St. Maarten.

Also set to feature at the WPT Korea will be a Super Elite Cup High Roller event, along with several other key tour events, available to view in full at the WPT website.

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World Poker Tour Announces Second Half of Season XII

by | Published: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The World Poker Tour has today announced the second half of Season XII’s schedule, which will conclude next year with seven Main Tour events and a further nine World Poker Tour Regional and National events to be held all around the world.

The major highlight of the season’s second half is two stops at the stunning Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa. Kicking off in January at the particularly fitting Atlantic City with the televised Borgata Winter Poker Open, the tour will wind down to an inevitable conclusion at the $15,400 WPT World Championship; an event that has been moved from the Las Vegas Bellagio and featuring an all new, cheaper buy-in.

The World Poker Tour is also set to visit two venues in California and a further three in Florida including the season’s penultimate event; the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. Similarly to this past August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, the event is set to feature an unbelievable $10 million guarantee on the main event.

World Poker Tour Executive Tour Director Matt Savage commented on the schedule following its release on Monday.

“The much-anticipated second half of the WPT schedule was definitely worth the wait”.

“Players can start to book travel knowing that many quality events in great locations are now in place” Savage said.

World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska also expressed his excitement at the announcement of the 16-event card.

“We are very excited about the depth and breadth of our Sean XII schedule” Pliska said.

“We’ve taken great care to ensure all of our players; whether they’re on the Main Tour of in our WPT Regional or WPT National events, enjoy a world-class experience at premier venues around the globe:.

As previously highlighted, the first event of the schedule is set to begin on January 26th at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, concluding five days later on the 31st.


World Poker Tour Announces Season XII Tournament Schedule

by | Published: Sunday, June 9th, 2013

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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