The World Poker Tour has announced a selection of dates for the first half of its Season XIII schedule – with no mention of the recently hyped Deepstacks Tour.
Just five short weeks ago, World Poker Tour President Adam Pilska was quoted as saying he
could not be more excited about the partnership between the existing Deepstacks Poker Tour and the WPT, which would rebrand all their Regional and National Events as “WPT Deepstacks”.
Now it would appear that Mr Pilska´s excitement has worn off, as the new World Poker Tour schedule for the first half of Season XIII has re-rebranded the WPT Deepstacks event scheduled for Aspers Casino in London in July as the “WPT Party Poker UK National” and removed the event in Malta scheduled for November.
Main Tour Much the Same as Last Year
The schedule for the “Main” World Poker Tour is pretty much the same as last year. The Legends of Poker, Borgata Open, Poker Scramble, Emperors Palace Classic, WPT Montreal and Five Diamond Classic are all scheduled for much the same dates as they were last year.
The WPT Merit Classic in Cyprus has been put back a month to account for it being hot in the Mediterranean in August, and the WPT UK @ Dusk Till Dawn replaces the disappointingly attended WPT Caribbean won by Tony Dunst in Season XII. There is also a slight change to the new WPT500 Aria event – which now kicks off on Friday 4th July, rather than the previously advertised 1st July.
|July 4th – 9th||WPT500||Aria Casino – Las Vegas|
|Aug 23rd -29th||WPT Legends of Poker||Bicycle Casino – California|
|Sept 5th – 10th||WPT Merit Classic||Kyrenia – Cyprus|
|Sept 14th – 19th||WPT Borgata Open||Atlantic City – New Jersey|
|Nov 7th – 11th||WPT Poker Scramble||Jacksonville – Florida|
|Nov 13th – 16th||WPT Emperors Palace||Johannesburg – South Africa|
|Nov 18th – 23rd||WPT UK||Dusk till Dawn – Nottingham|
|Nov 20th – 26th||WPT Montreal||Kahnawake – Quebec|
|Dec 13th 20th||WPT Five Diamond Classic||Bellagio – Las Vegas|
Not the WPTDeepstacks Tour
The schedule for the WPT Regional and National events is heavily focused on European destinations throughout the rest of 2014, with only one event scheduled for the States. The WPT´s “carefully chosen partners” tend to have a familiar ring to them, but no doubt they will be as popular as ever and well supported by a range of online qualifiers.
|June 5th -9th||Gioco Digitale WPT Campione||Casino Campione – Como, Italy|
|July 3rd – 6th||Partypoker WPT National||Aspers – London, UK|
|July 15th – 20th||Bwin.es WPT National||Casino Cirsa – Valencia, Spain|
|July 18th – 21st||WPT National Brussels||Grand Casino – Brussels, Belgium|
|Aug 22nd – 24th||WPT Western Challenge||Atlantis Casino – Reno, Nevada|
|Oct 9th – 12th||PMU.fr National Marrakech||Casino De Marrakech – Morocco|
|Oct 31st – Nov 3rd||WPT National Brussels||Grand Casino – Brussels, Belgium|
|Oct 28th – Nov 3rd||WPT National China||MGM Grand Sanya – China|
|Dec 4th – 7th||PMU.fr National Paris||Cercle Clichy – Montmartre, Paris|
More Dates to be Announced Soon
The World Poker Tour´s website states that more “branded” Regional and National events will be announced soon. We wonder what they will be branded as next time?