Los Angeles, CA (November 3, 2017) – WPTDeepStacks™, poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, today announced the first half of its Season 5 schedule for North America, featuring eight stops and boasting $2.95 million in combined guarantees.
Season 5 of WPTDeepStacks kicks off at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for a festival that is to run January 10-24, 2018. The Season 5 WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Main Event has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and takes place January 11-16. The buy-in is once again $1,100, and last season this event attracted a field of 1,509 entries, with Michael Graffeo capturing the title and $290,687 first-place prize.
The second stop of the new WPTDeepStacks season will see the tour travel to the northern part of Florida for WPTDeepStacks bestbet in Jacksonville. The festival takes place March 2-12, anchored by the $1,500 Main Event that has a guarantee of $300,000 and takes place March 9-12.
From March 16-26, WPTDeepStacks stays on the East Coast for a trip to Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland. The festival is highlighted by the WPTDeepStacks Maryland $1,500 Main Event that takes place March 23-26, and comes with a $300,000 prize pool guarantee. Last season’s WPTDeepStacks Maryland Main Event attracted 338 entries and saw Jose Montes earn his first WPTDeepStacks title.
The fourth stop sees WPTDeepStacks head back to Florida for the rescheduled (due to Hurricane Irma) WPTDeepStacks Immokalee tournament. The event has been relocated to Immokalee’s sister property, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and the WPTDeepStacks Immokalee $1,100 Main Event will now kick off Seminole’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Showdown, featuring a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and running April 5-9.
Just as WPTDeepStacks Immokalee kicks off Seminole’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Showdown in the east, Thunder Valley Casino Resort will host WPTDeepStacks on the opposite side of the US in Lincoln, California. The WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley $1,100 Main Event runs April 6-9 and comes with a prize pool guarantee of $500,000. The guarantee is the second largest on the first half of the WPTDeepStacks schedule and a $200,000 increase over last season’s WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley Main Event offering.
Season 5 will see the return of Casino Yellowhead in Canada to host a DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) event in April. DSPT Casino Yellowhead runs April 6-16 in Edmonton, and the C$1,100 Main Event takes place April 13-16.
A brand new addition to the WPTDeepStacks schedule will take place from May 11-21, as the tour heads to Club One Casino in Fresno, California. It is the second trip to North California in Season 5 for WPTDeepStacks, and the $1,100 Main Event runs May 18-21 with a $300,000 guarantee.
The final event announced as part of the first half of the Season 5 WPTDeepStacks schedule is a return to Tampa, Florida, for WPTDeepStacks Tampa, taking place June 7-18. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa will once again play host to this player-favorite event. The WPTDeepStacks Tampa $1,100 Main Event takes place June 14-18, featuring a guarantee of $300,000. Last season’s WPTDeepStacks Tampa Main Event attracted 704 entries and was won by Rex Clinkscales for an impressive $162,354.
*Due to AGLC gaming regulations, all Canadian stops will remain DeepStacks (DSPT)-only events. For more information on DSPT-only Canadian events, please visit DeepStacks.net.
“We are proud to announce the first half of the Season 5 WPTDeepStacks schedule and deliver the first eight events of what is to be another spectacular year for the tour,” said Chris Torina, WPTDeepStacks Executive Director. “As poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, WPTDeepStacks prides itself on offering a world-class poker experience at an accessible price point. Backed by the support of our parent company the World Poker Tour®, and in partnership with our outstanding casino partners, we look forward to continuing to offer an industry-leading product for players of all levels throughout North America.”
“Since joining the WPT® family, WPTDeepStacks has awarded $18 million in prize money across its North American events, and we are excited to add to this total in Season 5, starting with the near $3 million in guarantees from the first eight events,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “Chris Torina and the WPTDeepStacks team have built something truly special, and we are honored to have the WPTDeepStacks serve as the WPT®’s mid-major offering for poker players from across the globe.”
Season 4 of WPTDeepStacks comes to a close in December 2017, culminating with the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California. This season-ending North American festival runs November 24 through December 5 and is proudly presented by ClubWPT.com. The $2,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Championship takes place December 2-5 and carries a big $1 million guarantee on the prize pool.
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