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America's Poker Tour Announces First Event

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  • America's Poker Tour will run its first event in September at Majestic Star in Gary, Ind.

America's Poker Tour is the newest entrant in the rapidly growing landscape of tournament poker series in the United States.

In a press release, America's Poker Tour officials said the first event on the new tour will be held Sept. 22 to Oct. 2, with the $1,100 Main Event spanning Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. It will take place at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind., just outside of Chicago. Preceding the Main Event will be a number of smaller events, according to the schedule, including a slew of satellites starting at $90.

America's Poker Tour was created by Fred Bevill and Derek Melicher, both formerly of the Heartland Poker Tour. They've billed it as the lowest buy-in that offers the opportunity to appear on a televised final table.

"This isn't your “normal” poker show," the press release reads. "The days of simply showing hand after hand until a winner is determined are behind us. The fun, excitement, and characters that emerge from each event are showcased!"

In an email to PokerNews, Melicher said the plan is for the broadcast to appear locally in Chicago on Comcast and nationally on Poker Central, among other stations. Melicher added that this will likely be the only event for the tour this year, serving as something of a test run for 2017 with a planned slate of 10 events.

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