Poker is experiencing a particular renaissance at the moment. The live tours, in particular, are churning out events with enough quality to lure monks out of their monastery.
The major online poker rooms have a vested interest in the live arena, and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is about to kick off for the 48th time since a man called Benny decided to be a game changer.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has been on the frontline, gallantly engaging with the poker community for 15-years, and despite losing an internal organ with the departure of Mike Sexton, they are determined to keep those lungs pumping thanks to a broadening of the horizons over at WPTDeepstacks HQ.
The WPTDeepstacks team has added five more events to a 2017 schedule that seems stuck in an elevator destined for success. All of the new events have their roots firmly planted in either European or African soil with some beautiful destinations for poker players to experience and enjoy.
Event number one is a return to Vilamoura in Portugal. The WPTDeepstacks sigil will wave around in the wind Aug 25 to Sep 3 with a €1,100 buy-in €200k GTD Main Event taking centre stage Aug 31 to Sep 3.
From there the action heads to the Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE Sep 11-17. This cute little casino has just hosted the recent World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) event, so it’s finely tuned to host the best in the biz. The €1,100 buy-in Main Event takes place Sep 14-17.
The WPT has always worked well with casino and online gambling partners, and the WPTDeepstacks is no exception. The third event will see them partner with the French online gambling giant PMU for the PMU.fr WPTDeepstacks Marrakech. The Casino de Marrakesh hosts Sep 29 to Oct 8 with a €1,200 Main Event taking place Oct 5-8.
The team then exchange the souks of Marrakesh for the tulips of Amsterdam for their second visit of the season to the Holland Casino. The festival takes place Oct 9-15 with the €1,200 Main Event held Oct 12-15.
The final new event of the 2017 season is another where they will walk down the aisle with PMU by their side. This time the partnership will form in Northern France for the PMU.fr WPTDeepstacks Deauville festival. The Casino Barriere, the former host of the European Poker Tour (EPT), will act as hosts for this one Dec 5-11 with the €1,200 Main Event taking place 8-11 Dec. The Deauville Festival forms part of the two-year deal that the WPT announced with Barriere Group back in September.
And there’s more.
The WPTDeepstacks team has created a WPTDeepstacks European Player of the Year award. The player who accumulates the most points at European based WPTDeepstack Main Events will receive €15,000 in buy-ins for European based WPT Main Events, a €5,000 WPTDeepstacks Europe sponsorship package, and a trophy.
For more information on the WPTDeepstacks 2017 schedule click on this link.