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PokerStars Festival Adds Five New Tour Stops

 PokerStars Festival Adds Five New Tour Stops

PokerStars announced a slew of new PokerStars Festival stops on Tuesday, indicating a rapid expansion of the new live poker tour into Latin American and Asia. The first of these stops, Chile, will come after the previously scheduled upcoming stops in London and Rozvadov.

“We are excited to take our PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival across the globe bringing our vision for live poker to a whole new level, ensuring a year filled with far more winning moments than ever before,” said PokerStars’ Director of Live Events, Edgar Stuchly, in Tuesday’s press release. “The wide range of poker events on offer in new and exciting destinations shows the expansion of poker and underscores our commitment to growing the game while providing the best live poker experience to players all over the world.”

As our readers may well know by now, PokerStars killed off the European Poker Tour (EPT) at the end of 2016, replacing it with two new tours: PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival. It seems that the PokerStars Championship will approximate what the EPT was in spirit, with 10-11 day events at major casinos around the world and €/$ 5,000 Main Events.

The PokerStars Festival is the little brother to the Championship, not unlike the World Series of Poker Circuit. The Festival will typically be at lesser-known venues, the stops will be a bit shorter, and the events will mostly come in at lower price points.

Before the PokerStars Championship began – before the EPT was even dead – the PokerStars Festival kicked off at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. In a couple weeks, it will head to London.

In today’s press release, five more PokerStars Festival stops were announced:

PokerStars Festival Chile – May 20th to May 27th – Vina del Mar Hotel & Casino
PokerStars Festival Marbella – June 19th to June 25th – Casino Marbella, Spain
PokerStars Festival Korea – July 14th to July 24th – Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea
PokerStars Festival Manila – July 28th to August 7th – PokerStars LIVE at City of Dreams Manila
PokerStars Festival Uruguay – September 16th – September 23rd – Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

When PokerStars announced in August 2016 that it was retiring the European Poker Tour brand name and launching the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival, the company gave a quick reason for ending one of the most prestigious live poker tours on the planet:

“With the European Poker Tour (EPT) outgrowing its European borders, PokerStars is making its biggest live events even bigger, by encompassing key PokerStars sponsored events from around the world and bringing players worldwide the much-loved EPT experience”

As we can see, PokerStars is certainly expanding this transformed EPT outside of Europe. Only of the five PokerStars Festival stops listed above is in Europe. Two of the three previously scheduled Festival stops (London and Rozvadov) are in Europe.

Though the press release seemed to imply that PokerStars Championship stops had been added, none have been. The upcoming schedule for the PokerStars Championship still includes just the stops that had already been known: Panama, Macau, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona.

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WSOP Announces New Stops for International WSOP Circuit

 WSOP Announces New Stops for International WSOP Circuit

The World Series of Poker has announced the addition of seven stops to the WSOP International Circuit schedule, bringing the total number of stops on the non-U.S. portion of the Circuit to 14. The first six additions, announced a couple weeks ago, are:

Sydney, Australia – November 22 through December 12, 2016 – The Star, Sydney
Marrakech, Morocco – January 14 through January 22, 2017 – Casino de Marrakech
Campione, Italy – March 6 through March 20, 2017 – Casino Campione D’Italia
Cannes, France – April 17 through April 24, 2017 – Casino Barriere Cannes le Croisette
Estoril, Portugal – May 1 through May 7, 2017 – Casino Estoril
Brussels, Belgium – May 19 through May 28, 2017 – Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE

Additionally, the U.S. Circuit event that was scheduled for Bally’s Las Vegas from February 23rd through March 6th has been moved to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It will now be February 16th through February 27th, 2017.

At the time the above six Circuit stops were announced, a seventh was foreshadowed. Another World Series of Poker International Circuit stop HAS been revealed this week, but it is not the seventh to go with the above six on the 2016-2017 schedule. The WSOP announced that a new WSOP International Circuit stop will for the 2017-2018 season will be in the Netherlands at the Holland Casino Rotterdam. No date specifics have been revealed, as the schedule for that season has not been set yet.

“We are proud of the collaboration between Holland Casino and the largest poker brand in the world. The WSOP is a wonderful addition to our already broad range of poker, and it has national and international allure,” said Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart in a press release.

“As a European, I know Holland Casino to be a party that is capable of organising large and prestigious poker events, such as the historic Master Classics of Poker,” added WSOP Director of Events Gregory Chochon. “We are very proud that the WSOP can work together with such an iconic casino chain and we are looking forward to seeing more Dutch players take part in the WSOP in Vegas.”

As is the case with the WSOP Circuit stops in the United States, two players will qualify at each international stop for the WSOP Global Casino Championship. The Main Event winner will earn an automatic seat in the season-ending Championship, as will the “casino winner.” Each official ring event at a Circuit stop awards players points based on how they finish. The player that earns the most points in total at a particular stop is dubbed the casino winner.

The international portion of the WSOP Circuit has been quite successful lately. According to a press release, the recent stop in Brazil saw 2,981 entries for the opening event, a WSOP record for an event outside of the United States. The tournament was a R$ 580 (USD $ 170) re-buy event, so it wasn’t, 2981 actual players, but rather a combined number of initial entries and re-buys.

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WPT Adds Two Cambodian Stops on WPT National Tour

 WPT Adds Two Cambodian Stops on WPT National Tour

The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced last week that it has added to Asian stops to its WPT National Events tour. Partnering with An Education Investment LTD, the WPT is introducing both events in Cambodia.

Both stops will be inserted into the schedule for the current season. The first will be held at the Holiday Palace Casino & Resort in Poipet, Cambodia from December 22nd through December 29th of this year. Interestingly, it will be called WPT National Thailand, even though it is in Cambodia.

Poipet (Paôy Paêt) is right on the border of Cambodia and Thailand and has grown into a gambling hub of the region. Gambling is actually illegal in Thailand, so Thais cross the border to gamble in Poipet. The Holiday Palace Casino is one of a number of casinos and hotels situated in between the immigration checkpoints of the two countries, so people from Thailand can go play without having to go through Cambodia immigration. The more you know!

WPT National Thailand’s THB 37,400 ($ 1,100) Main Event will be broken up by the Christmas holiday. The first two starting flights will be December 22nd and 23rd, then there will be a break December 24th and 25th, and the third starting flight will take place on December 26th.

WPT National Cambodia will be at the Queenco Hotel & Casino in Sihanoukville, Cambodia in the southwestern corner of the country. It will run January 2nd through January 13th with the $ 1,485 Main Event also having three starting flights – January 3rd, 4th, and 6th.

In a press release, Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said:

This new partnership bringing two WPT National events to the Cambodian region allows the World Poker Tour to continue its global expansion and showcases Asia’s growing demand for major poker events across a burgeoning region. With WPT National Thailand and WPT National Cambodia being held in close proximity to one another just days apart, players will have an easy opportunity to play in two world-class poker tournaments at beautiful resorts. The WPT looks forward to these events being the first of many in the region.

Both Main Events will be re-entry tournaments. Players will be permitted two entries (one original and one re-entry) on each starting day, so it is possible that players could enter the tournament as many as six times.

While the events on the main World Poker Tour are held at the world’s largest casinos and have Main Events that cost several thousands of dollars, the WPT National series was designed to be a bit more affordable (though four-figures in U.S. dollars isn’t exactly cheap) and feature non-mainstream gambling venues around the world. Partypoker WPT National Ireland is currently underway at INEC Killarney.

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European Poker Tour Announces Three Season 13 Stops

 European Poker Tour Announces Three Season 13 Stops

With the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final going on as this is being written, the EPT decided now would be the perfect time to announce the initial makings of the Season 13 schedule. Three tour stops have been announced – all familiar locations – as Season 13 gets going at the end of the summer.

The first stop will be, what else, EPT Barcelona. To be held August 16th through August 28th at the Casino Barcelona, EPT Barcelona is the only stop that has been on the European Poker Tour during every season since the Tour’s inception.

Said EPT President Edgar Stuchly in a press release, “Season 12 has been yet another record-breaker for the EPT with our biggest schedules ever and a record-breaking number of players. EPT Barcelona is always an astonishing festival and so we’re really looking forward to heading back to Spain in August after our traditional summer break.”

As he said, EPT Barcelona was a monster. 71 tournaments, 5,738 unique players (of course, the actual registration number was much higher than that), with almost €40 million in combined prize money. It was the largest stop in EPT history.

EPT Barcelona has had High Roller events – €25,000 and €50,000 buy-ins, to be precise – but this year’s stop will also have a more “affordable” €10,000 High Roller event, as well. A tournament which showed up for the first time at the current EPT Grand Final, it will be the kick-off event of 2016 EPT Barcelona.

From October 18th through October 29th, the European Poker Tour moves to Malta and the Portomaso Casino. Malta is a fairly new stop; this will be just the third year the Mediterranean archipelago will host a Tour stop.

The third tour stop announced today is EPT Prague, taking its traditional spot on the schedule just before Christmas. EPT Prague Season 12 was enormous: 97 events (NINETY-SEVEN!), more than 3,400 unique players and almost 16,000 tournament entries from those players. Good lord. The Hilton Prague will once again be the host venue from December 7th through December 18th.

More Tour stops will be announced in the future, as this was just the start. The European Poker Tour, though, always has a short schedule. Organizers seem to value quality over quantity. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure usually kicks off the calendar year, so we will wait and see if the PCA finds its place back on the EPT schedule. This year, after the PCA, the only two EPT stops were Dublin and Monte Carlo for the EPT Grand Final. We know the Grand Final will be there, so at this point, the only real question is what stops will fill in the schedule for the first half of 2017.

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