So, you'll notice that the ME will be $5,000 instead of $2,500 and will be on the 20th instead of 23rd. It will be a 5-day event. The final table will be televised on a major network, with the 1st four days having floating cameras catching some of the earlier action.
There will only be ONE day 1 and the starting stack is 30,000.
There are freeroll satellites for this event, see Pokerstars.net for further details.
At the Venetian, we will be running 1 and 2 table satellites starting on January 28th. Specifically, we are scheduling a 2-table satellite every night at 8pm and whenever we get a list of enough interested.
Feb 19th are supersatellites: 12:00pm $220 plus $200 rebuys for first 3 levels
4:00pm $220 plus $200 rebuys for first 3 levels
8:00pm $540 no rebuys
Starting chips for the $200's will be 3,000 with 2,000 chips/rebuy.
Starting chips for the $500 will be 5,000.
Poker rates are still available. You need to reference group code CP02L1 (that's a zero before the 2) when you book your room. This will qualify you for a rate of $119 wkdy and $159 wknd as long as you play, at least, one event (or average of 6 hours/day of cash games). A $15 resort fee will be added to all reservations. The resort fee entitles you to free internet access, newspaper, local and 800 phone calls, and access to the gym.
We will still be doing our 'Best Overall Player' award. Half of one percent will be held out of the prize pools for this award, with the top 4 players receiving 40, 30, 20, and 10% of the money collected.
We will continue our normal 7pm $120 tournament throughout this event, with the exception of February 19th.
And, now that I am out of work for a bit, I'll have time to respond to any questions...quickly.
I really want to support this as the WPT needs some competition and I would love for this to become a hugely successful tour but Its gonna be hard to skip the LAPC 10k headsup tournament (one of my favs of the year) that is in my backyard for this =(.
What media outlet is covering this series? ESPN one time?
Haas said today that PokerStars has already signed up top television production company 441 (the same group that produces ESPN's coverage of the WSOP) to produce a brand new NAPT series. What's more, a television deal is in the works.
Sunset and Vine has been doing the EPT for years. Maybe they're collaborating to create a version for Europe and one for the North American market.
i am going to play a bunch of sats for this. i think it's great that this tour is starting. any idea what kind of turnout is to be expected? i've never even played a tourney at Venetian so have no clue (not to mention one endorsed by PokerStars).
the same crew who films for ESPN for the WSOP was definitely filming in the bahamas but yeah, i haven't heard anything official yet.
In the Cardplayer interview video with Slash he mentions that this is his first major tournament w/ ESPN filming.
I don't know if that was a legitimate slip up or if Slash was just misinformed, but I doubt a celebrity would be mislead with something like that.
I would post a link but I am at the airport and using my phone to post.