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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Artyem Perlov has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship.
Notable professional poker players Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Chip Jett, Vanessa Selbst and Allen Kessler were a part of the 251 entries but Perlov was able to outlast them all and take home the first prize of $108,864.
None of the well-known professionals were able to make the final table that turned out to be an interesting contest.
Andrew Sherman-Ash started the final table as the short stack but quickly gained the chip lead and became to dominate proceedings.
He was able to eliminate Nicholas Palma and Patrick Chan in the same hand to make the final table four-handed.
At this point the four remaining players made a deal that gave Andrew Sherman-Ash $100,000 and the other players $70,000 guaranteeing each of them the biggest victory of their poker careers.
This deal seemed to slow down the pace of the tournament and it took fifty-one hands for David Stefanski to be eliminated in fourth place.
Adam Bitker quickly followed Stefanski to the rail and gave Sherman-Ash yet another elimination.
Perlov and Sherman-Ash engaged in a enthralling heads-up duel with Perlov seizing the momentum and moving away to a sizeable lead.
After fifty-three hand of heads up battle Perlov landed the killer blow, winning his maiden tournament with a flush.
The victory was easily the biggest win of Perlov’s poker career with his previous biggest score coming in the 2009 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open where he won $10,750 after finishing 33rd.
The DeepStacks Poker Tour continues next year with the DeepStacks Poker Tour PPC South Florida Main Event that will boast a $1,500 buy-in with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
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The DeepStacks Poker Tour and Players Poker Championship have announced a new series of international poker tournaments that will begin in 2013.
The series will consist of a number of a number of international events (with locations yet to be revealed) and will begin with the DeepStacks Poker Tour PPC-Aruba event starting on the 2nd of May 2013.
The Aruba event will consist of 7 tournaments held at the Westin Resort and Casino and will be highlighted by a $2500 buy-in Main Event, running from May 6th to 9th.
DeepStacks Poker Pros: Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Tristan Wade and 2-time WPT Champion Randal “Randallin” Flowers have all confirmed their participation in the event.
DeepStacks believes the partnership with the Players Poker Championship will take both organizations to the next level.
“Adding the PPC as a key strategic partner allows us to expand international operations immediately. Aruba is one of the most beautiful locations in the world and bringing the DeepStacks Poker Tour there, shows we are serious about offering the very best in tournament poker,” DeepStacks CEO Chris Torina said.
DeepStacks Poker Tour is a domestic and international tournament circuit focused on increasing player fields and prize pools through pro player participation, great structures and quality television programming.
Their next tournament, The Fall Pot of Gold Main Event, will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on the 6th and 7th of October.
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