Don’t panic all your poker fans out there – the World Poker Tour (WPT) will soon be back when the carnival pulls up in north-east Italy for WPT Venice early next month.
The WPT’s 10th season will also return on Fox Sports Net (FSN) for all you USA-based poker fans on Sunday, February 12, at 8pm and 11pm, as well as being repeated on Wednesdays at 11pm, so there is a lot to look forward to.
And it gets even better as FSN – following a successful ninth season that witnessed ratings increase by 30% – have upped the number of episodes by 11 to 37, with each event being split into three to give fans of the world’s greatest game extra action ahead of the final table, as well as some additional footage from behind the scenes.
There is also a preview show planned to kick off Season 10 as the tour take in 12 venues over 37 weeks.
It’s Chilly Out There…
However, we know how chilly it can be in certain locations across the globe right now, so here’s a little something to warm the hearts of all the lads out there. I shall apologise well in advance to all you avid female followers of poker as this one is mainly for men as it’s a short video of the WPT’s Royal Flush Girls working on a bikini photoshoot. But don’t panic – and please don’t have a go at me – as you will surely get to see the likes of Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, Carlos Mortensen, Team [geolink href=”https://www.pokernewsreport.com/everest-poker”]Everest Poker[/geolink] Pro Fabrice Soulier, Oleksii Kovalchuk and Patrik Antonius many times over the course of the next 11 months…although they might not be down to their boxers!
Sneak Preview of Girls’ Poolside Photoshoot
Anyway, where was I? Ah, yes. So, with the tour enjoying a short break following Englishman David ‘Dubai’ Shallow’s victory at WPT Ireland on January 9 for a first prize of $289,031, the tour’s website have decided to give poker fans a sneak preview of the Royal Flush Girls braving the cold Las Vegas air at The Bellagio last month to get another photoshoot under their perfectly fitting belts.
The beautiful Brittany Bell, Jeannie Duffy, Tugba Ercan, Danielle Ruiz, Angelique Velez and Ivy Teves completed their latest poolside photoshoot during the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – and I can honestly say these photos are stunning.
Venice’s splendid Casino di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi will sparkle even brighter way before the start of the tour’s €4,950 buy-in main event as Tugba, Danielle, Angelique and Ivy will be mixing with players and fans throughout the tour stop that takes place from February 6 to 10.
WPT Beauties To Kick Off Main Event
The classy quartet of Royal Flush Girls will also attend welcome parties for players, as well as other casino events, plus they’ll be chatting to fans and interviewing many of the star pros during the tournament.
Then, come time for the big start, the girls will join regular FSN commentators Mike Sexton – a one-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner and Team [geolink href=”https://www.pokernewsreport.com/partypoker”]Party Poker[/geolink] Pro – and Vince Van Patten, the American actor and former tennis tour pro, to call out those famous four words, ‘Shuffle up and deal’.
That stellar line-up will also include WPT presenter Kimberly Lansing and high stakes pro Tony Dunst, who is the analyst on the tour’s Raw Deal television segment.
But the Royal Flush Girls will still be about during the tournament, until ultimately presenting the cash following the crowning of another WPT Venice champion.
Royal Flush Girls Video is Just Below, Lads!
Every competitor will certainly be determined to emulate 29-year-old Shallow’s victory last month, when he also picked up a WPT World Championship seat worth $25,000 in Dublin’s CityWest Hotel.
The first Irish WPT main event attracted a healthy 338 starters with its €2,500 buy-in, but organisers in Italy will expect a larger field for their €4,950 main event.
In the meantime, here you can watch the video mentioned above:
Remaining stops on the 2012 WPT season 10 schedule
- Monday, February 6 to Friday 10, 2012
- WPT Venice Grand Prix, €4,950 (10% withheld) buy-in main event, Casino di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, Venice, Italy (February 10 final table)
- Friday, February 10 to Tuesday 14, 2012:
- WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Open, $3,500 buy-in main event, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida (February 14 final table, non-televised main event)
- Friday, February 24 to Wednesday 29, 2012:
- LA Poker Classic, $9,600+$400 buy-in main event, Commerce Casino, Los Angeles, California (February 29 final table)
- Monday, March 5 to Friday 9, 2012:
- Bay 101 Shooting Star, $9,600+$400 buy-in main event, Bay 101, San Jose, California (March 9 final table)
- Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday 15, 2012:
- WPT Vienna, €3,200+$300 buy-in main event, Montesino, Vienna, Austria (April 15 final table, non-televised main event))
- Wednesday, April 18 to Monday 23, 2012:
- Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, $9,600+$400 buy-in main event, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida (April 23 final table)
- Friday, April 27 to Wednesday, May 2, 2012:
- WPT Jacksonville, $4,700+$230+$70 buy-in main event, Jacksonville Poker Room, Orange Park, Florida (May 2 final table)
- Saturday, May 19 to Saturday 26, 2012:
- WPT World Championship, $25,000+$500 buy-in main event, The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 26 final table)
- Wednesday, May 23 to Friday 25, 2012:
- WPT World Championship Super High Roller, $100,000 buy-in main event, The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 25 final table)