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World Poker Tour Announces Two New European Tournaments

23 November 2010 by admin

world_poker_tourIf you’re one of those people who likes to watch poker tournaments on television, then I have good news for you. The World Poker Tour has announced two new European poker tournaments, both of which will be televised.

Poker is really popular on TV right now, so those tournaments are sure to draw some good ratings internationally. To be honest, though, I don’t get it. I like playing poker, both in person and online, but I don’t like to sit and watch other people play. Maybe it’s because being a good poker player means showing zero emotion. In that way it’s kind of like watching Kristen Stewart onscreen. Just like Stewart’s bad acting, I don’t feel a desire to watch people strategize (in their head) while thinking about what move to make at the poker table. If you enjoy that, more power to you, but it’s not something I enjoy. Similarly, I like playing the occasional video game, but wouldn’t watch a TV show of people playing Madden. Still, there was once a show doing exactly that.

If you like watching poker on TV, February has a treat for you. The World Poker Tour announced WPT Venice and WPT Vienna as well as the first ever WPT National Series event. The Venice leg of the tour takes place from February 3 through February 8. The buy-in is €3,000 and will take place in Casino de Venezia. There is also a high-roller tournament at the same casino running from February 7 through February 9. The buy-in for that tournament is €10,000.

Both of those events will be televised in Italy and other European markets and presented by PartyPoker. For those in the United States or other areas where the tournament isn’t being televised, the tournament can be viewed online.

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In March, the World Poker Tour will visit Vienna, Austria for the first time. The normal WPT Vienne tournament will take place from March 25 through March 29. The buy-in for that tournament is €3,200 and it is being played at a casino called Montesino. For big spenders, the high-roller tournament takes place from March 28 through March 30. It costs €15,000 to sit at that table.

Like the Venice tournament, the Vienna leg of the tour will be televised in local markets. If you’re not a part of the local market, it can be viewed online.

In addition to the two new European tours, the World Poker Tour announced their first National Series event. Like the Regional Series, which began this month in Florida and Indiana, the WTP National Series events will hold the WPT name but will not count for championship points. Also, the winner will not be recognized as having won a WPT title. The Regional and National tournaments were created to give people the ability to play in WPT tournaments with a more accessible buy-in.

The first World Poker Tour National Series event takes place in Paris from February 9 through February 15. The buy-in is €5000. The tournament will be held at the Aviation Club de France. The World Poker Tour plans to announce more Regional and National events next year.

One Response to “World Poker Tour Announces Two New European Tournaments”

  1. danielle jacobs says:

    gonna mark my calendar for this much-awaited event 🙂