North America’s Native American casinos are looking to cash in on the live poker cash cow by launching a new poker tour in association with Card Player Media. The Native American Poker Tour visits casinos across the continent and first stops at the Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, Oklahoma from December 1-11, 2011 with further events to be announced in due course.
Jeff Shulman, president of Card Player, said, “Our vision is to combine the efforts of Native American poker rooms with Card Player’s massive poker audience, for a nationwide tour. With the help of Card Player’s poker and media expertise, the Native American Casino Poker Tour will foster closer relationships between the casinos and their players.”
Card Player TV is to film all main events in the series with the final table to be streamed live on CardPlayer.com. The winner even gets their mug on the front cover of Card Player magazine. Result.
Poker room manager at the Choctaw Casino Resort, Ken Lambert Jr. said, “We could not have asked for more than to be the first to see a new poker tour, and one that is focused on the Native American casino industry. We are very excited to be the first stop and look forward to being involved throughout this entire year. Through our combined efforts and partnership with Card Player Media, the NACPT will give us an opportunity to strengthen our working relationships with other Native American properties.”
The winner of Coctaw’s $930 + $70 main event beginning on December 10 gets a seat at the casino’s WSOPC event in January and will be immortalized as the inaugural winner.
In terms of player numbers there could be a problem. The event is taking place whilst the WSOPC, Asian Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour all have events on. To prevent the tumbleweed they could have scheduled the event to start in the New Year. Good luck to them though. There’s always room for a new gathering of live poker players in the USA.