Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2017) – World Poker Tour® today announced WPT® Amsterdam as the first European event of Season XVI, taking place May 5-13 at Holland Casino Amsterdam.
The WPT Amsterdam €3,300 Main Event runs May 9-13, with two starting flights and one reentry per flight.
In addition to the World Poker Tour returning to the Netherlands for the third consecutive season, WPT Amsterdam features the debut of the first European season for WPTDeepStacks™. The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam €1,500 Main Event kicks off the festival and runs May 5-8, beginning strategic global expansion for poker’s premier mid-major tour.
“I am very proud that we welcome the World Poker Tour back to Holland Casino Amsterdam,” said Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino. “It is the third time Holland Casino has hosted the WPT Amsterdam festival, and we are once again very pleased to welcome both national and international players alike. The WPT Amsterdam festival, now featuring WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam, has something to offer for everyone, as does Holland Casino with plenty of excitement for those ages 18 and up.”
“As a fully integrated member of the WPT family, it is only natural for us to expand the premier WPTDeepStacks offering to regions outside of North America,” said Chris Torina, WPTDeepStacks’ Executive Director. “Starting with Amsterdam, WPTDeepStacks looks forward to bringing the most player-friendly, mid-major tournaments in the world to the European poker community.”
Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, added: “Holland Casino has been a tremendous partner of the World Poker Tour, hosting the first-ever WPT Main Tour event in the Netherlands that allowed Farid Yachou to earn his way to the WPT Champions Club before going on to win the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions. The WPT is proud to return to Holland Casino for WPT Amsterdam, and we are honored that the venue will play host to both the WPT Main Tour and WPTDeepStacks.”
With the expansion of WPTDeepStacks to Europe with its first event as part of the WPT Amsterdam festival, the World Poker Tour also announced a standalone WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year program for the region. The player who accumulates the most points during WPTDeepStacks main events, according to the scoring system, will be crowned the WPTDeepStacks European Player of the Year. Not only will the winner be crowned WPTDeepStacks European Player of the Year, but he or she will earn a package that includes €15,000 in buy-ins to WPT Main Tour events in Europe, a €5,000 WPTDeepStacks Europe sponsorship package for WPTDeepStacks Main Events in the region, and a custom trophy.
The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam champion will earn a seat into the season-ending WPTDeepStacks event in Europe, plus €500 for travel expenses.
More events in Europe for both the World Poker Tour and WPTDeepStacks will be announced soon.
Holland Casino is located in the heart of Amsterdam, between the Leidse square entertainment district and the museum district. Holland Casino Amsterdam boasts 40 poker tables, 37 live-gaming tables, state-of-the-art slot and video machines, lively bars, and celebrated restaurants.
The Season XVI WPT Amsterdam schedule contains a two-day €6,000 High Roller that runs May 8-9, plus several other great tournaments such as the €750 Pot-Limit Omaha, €550 Crazy Pineapple, and €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo.
For more information on the Season XVI WPT Amsterdam festival, visit WPT.com.
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