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World Poker Tour Announces First Half of Season XII Schedule

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The World Poker Tour has announced the schedule for the first half of its upcoming Season XII, and between August and December 2013, the WPT will visit four continents. In addition, the WPT and FOX Sports Network have reached an agreement that guarantees distribution of WPT’s televised events through 2017.

“Our strategy of global expansion is now being fully realized,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “From 18 events in Season VIII to nearly 60 Main Tour, Regional, and National events in Season XI, World Poker Tour will provide FSN with nearly 100 hours of original programming over the course of this agreement. With the greater support and distribution that our new deal provides, World Poker Tour is now guaranteed to make up a major share of the best-in-class, U.S. television poker real estate for years to come.”

FOX Sports Network Vice President of Programming David Sussin added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with World Poker Tour for the next three years. World Poker Tour has delivered record viewers over the past two seasons, and that is a testament to the consistent quality of the show and WPT’s position as the world’s premiere provider of poker programming.”

Season XII of the WPT, which will once again be sponsored by, will kick off on Aug. 16, 2013, with the WPT Cyprus at the Merit Crystal Cove Casino, and continue to make stops throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean throughout the rest of the year.

"I'm very proud of the work we've done to grow the World Poker Tour over the past few seasons," said World Poker Tour Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, who will work to ensure the success of every WPT tournament. "With our new schedule and expanded global presence, it's more important than ever to provide our partners and players with the best experience possible at every stop the WPT makes. I'm looking forward to working with both constituencies to make this happen and to continue our worldwide growth."

Here’s a look at the first half of the WPT Season XII schedule:

bwin WPT Merit Cyprus ClassicMerit Crystal Cove Casino CyprusAug. 16 – Aug. 21$4,400
WPT Legends of Poker*Bicycle Casino Bell Gardens, CAAug. 29 – Sept. 4$3,700
WPT Borgata Poker Open*Borgata Atlantic City, NJSept. 15 – Sept. 20$3,500 WPT Grand Prix de Paris*Aviation Club de France Paris, FranceOct. 25 – Oct. 30€7,500
WPT Emperors Palace Poker ClassicEmperors Palace Hotel Casino Johannesburg, SANov. 7 – Nov. 11$3,600
WPT Jacksonville bestbet Fall Poker Scramblebestbet Jacksonville Jacksonville, FLNov. 15 – Nov. 19$3,500
WPT CaribbeanCasino Royale Maho Bay, St. MaartenNov. 19 – Nov. 24$3,500 WPT Montreal*Playground Poker Club Quebec, CANov. 29 – Dec. 5C$3,850
WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic*Bellagio Las Vegas, NVDec. 6 – Dec. 11$10,300
bwin WPT PragueCard Casino Prague, CZDec. 15 – Dec. 21€3,300
WPT South KoreaRamada Plaza Jeju, South KoreaDec. 16 – Dec. 19$3,500

Finally, here’s the WPT Regional and National Event Tour stops:

WPT Regional Florida: WPT Summer Tampa Bay OpenSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FLJune 7 – June 9$1,500
WPT Regional Florida: WPT Fall Tampa Bay OpenSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FLSept. 12 – Sept. 15$1,500
WPT Regional Nevada: WPT Western Poker ChallengeAtlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno, NVSept. 20 – Sept. 23$1,650 WPT National MarrakechCasino de Marrakech MoroccoOct. 3 – Oct. 6€1,500 WPT National BarcelonaCasino Barcelona Barcelona, SpainOct. 10 – Oct. 14€1,650
WPT Regional Florida: Stax Poker Lounge Fall Poker ClassicSeminole Casino Coconut Creek Coconut Creek, FLOct. 30 – Nov. 4$500
WPT National ChinaMGM Grand Sanya Hainan, ChinaNov. 5 – Nov. 10Invitation Only WPT National GruissanCasino Le Phoebus Gruissan, FranceNov. 7 – Nov. 10€1,550
WPT Regional Florida: Seminole Hark Rock & Roll Poker OpenSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FLNov. 29 – Dec. 2$1,650
WPT Regional Florida: Seminole Hard Rock WPT Tampa Bay OpenSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Bay, FLDec. 12 – Dec. 15$1,500

*Event will be televised.

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