The World Poker Tour has announced the creation of the WPT Alpha8, an all-new, global series of super high-roller poker tournaments that will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 starting at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 16, 2014. What’s more, PokerNews’ own Lynn Gilmartin has been named as the show’s anchor.
“I am honored to announce Alpha8, WPT’s newest and most ambitious offering in conjunction with its primetime home on FS1,” said WPT President, Adam Pliska. “Showcasing the world’s poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high roller tournament poker to date. Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport’s highest levels.”
The WPT Alpha8, sponsored by ClubWPT.com, will launch on August 26, 2013 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open—WPT Alpha8 Florida—held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The series will also host tournaments of at least a $100,000 buy-in in North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa throughout the year.
“As a long-time World Poker Tour partner, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is excited to be hosting the first event in this exclusive, super high-roller series,” said Seminole Gaming COO Larry Mullin. “Adding WPT Alpha8 Florida to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open schedule raises the volume on this already highly anticipated series, including our $10 million guarantee Main Event.”
“We’re excited to bring WPT’s new high-roller series to FS1 viewers,” said FOX Sports 1 Vice President of Programming David Sussin. “WPT Alpha8 will be a key part of our primetime line up and a tremendous complement to our other sports programming including MLB, NASCAR, UFC, soccer, and college basketball and football. With this new series, WPT has significantly raised the stakes of televised poker. By increasing the risk and raising the pressure, WPT Alpha8 delivers more drama and bigger personalities, and we’re confident the show will quickly become a habit for our viewers.”
We’ll have more on the WPT Alpha8 series as details become available.