Back in April, the World Poker Tour joined forces with the DeepStacks Poker Tour to create WPTDeepStacks, which replaced the existing WPT Regional and DeepStacks series. Now, for its 2015 schedule, the mid-major poker tour has added new stops and bigger prize pools.
“After a thrilling start in Season 1, where the final event at Oceans Eleven Casino in San Diego more than doubled the $200,000 guarantee, we are proud to announce the schedule for Season 2 of WPTDeepStacks,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “CEO Chris Torina and his team worked tirelessly to map out this extensive 15-event schedule, and with a seat to the Season XIV WPT World Championship up for grabs in the Player of the Year Race, each stop provides a terrific amount of value for our players across North America and in Malta.”
Season 2 of the WPTDeepStacks will kick off at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida with a $1,100 buy-in $300,000 guarantee event that begins on Jan. 29. From there, the tour will make first-time stops at bestbet Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL), Riverside Casino (Riverside, IA), IP Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS), Win-River Resort & Casino (Redding, CA), Atlantis Resort Casino Spa (Reno, NV), Majestic Star Casino (Gary, IN), and Dragonara Casino (Malta).
In addition, WPTDeepStacks will return to established stops like Turlock Poker Room in California, and two stops in Canada — Edmonton’s Casino Yellowhead and Calgary’s Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. In fact, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino will play host to the season-ending, $2,500 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Championship.
Speaking of the season-ending event, the winners of each Main Event on the schedule will win a seat and travel into the championship, while the 2015 WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year will win a coveted seat into the Season XIV WPT World Championship. POY points will be awarded to every player who cashes in a WPTDeepStacks Main Event.
"We enjoy working hard at offering the best mid-major tour schedule in the industry,” said DeepStacks CEO Chris Torina. “We wanted to make sure our players, partners and viewers had a poker experience they’d be talking about long after the event was over.”
Here’s a look at the entire WPTDeepStacks Season 2 schedule:
|Series Dates||Location||Series Name|
|Jan 29-Feb 1||Seminole Hard Rock||Hollywood (FL)|
|Feb 5-9||Dragonara Casino||Malta|
|Mar 7-16||bestbet Jacksonville||Jacksonville|
|Mar 20-30||IP Casino Resort Spa||Mississippi|
|Mar 28-Apr 6||Grey Eagle Resort & Casino||Calgary|
|Apr 18-27||Casino Yellowhead||Edmonton (Spring)|
|April 29-May 4||Riverside Casino & Golf Resort||Iowa|
|May 9-18||Turlock Poker Room||Central California|
|June 20-July 15||The Bicycle Casino||Los Angeles|
|July 23-Aug 2||Majestic Star Casino||Chicagoland|
|Aug 20-31||Atlantis Casino Resort Spa||Reno|
|Oct 4-12||Casino Yellowhead||Edmonton (Fall)|
|Oct 17-26||Oceans 11 Casino||San Diego|
|Nov 14-23||Win-River Resort & Casino||Northern California|
|Nov 28-Dec 7||Grey Eagle Resort & Casino||Championship|
For more details on World Poker Tour events, sponsors and promotions, visit WPT.com.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPTDeepStacks.