WPTDeepStacks, poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, today announced its schedule for Season XVIII in North America, featuring 11 stops and the return of the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
The WPTDeepStacks Championship takes place from April 4-7, 2020 in Lincoln, CA and features a $2,500 buy-in. All WPTDeepStacks champions from January 2019 through the end of Season XVIII earn a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package. Jeff Fielder won the previous WPTDeepStacks Championship in December 2017 when he defeated Cord Garcia heads up earn $220,000.
The end of the WPTDeepStacks season concludes with the awarding of the Season XVIII WPTDeepStacks North America Player of the Year. This season’s winner can look forward to a $10,000 WPT Passport to be used in Season XIX. The top three places in the WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year race receive a combined $20,000 in prizes from WPTDeepStacks.
The Season XVIII schedule opened at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, which drew a field of 659 entries and a prize pool of more than $639,000. Jeff Trudeau won the event and took home the first-place prize of more than $120,000.
The next stop for WPTDeepStacks is Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, NY. This is the first ever WPTDeepStacks New York event. The $1,100 buy‐in event takes place from August 29‐September 2, and includes a $200,000 guarantee.
WPTDeepStacks goes out west from October 17-21 for WPTDeepStacks Blackhawk in Blackhawk, CO and Golden Gates Casino. This $1,500 buy-in tournament includes a $300,000 guarantee. The first WPTDeepStacks Blackhawk event took place in Season XVIII and featured Season VIII WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka winning versus a field of 251 entries to earn more than $77,000.
A few days later, WPTDeepStacks returns to the northeast for WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh at Rivers Casino Resort. The first WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh event of Season XVIII starts October 24 and wraps up on October 28, and includes a $300,000 guarantee.
Thunder Valley Casino and Resort is next on WPTDeepStacks schedule from November 22-25. The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 446 entries in Season XVII. Alex Greenblatt took down the event to win more than $122,500 and his first WPTDeepStacks title.
The 2020 portion of the WPTDeepStacks calendar starts in Hollywood, FL, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The annual largest WPTDeepStacks event is expected to have large numbers once again with a $1 million guarantee spread across the January 9-14 events dates coupled with an $1,100 buy-in. Jason Young is the defending champion having won last season’s event versus a field of 1,634 entries to earn more than $263,000.
WPTDeepStacks stays on the East Coast and heads a few states north to Live! Casino and Hotel for WPTDeepStacks Maryland. The $1,500 buy-in comes with a $300,000 guarantee and takes place from March 20-23.
The following week, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville takes place at bestbet Jacksonville from March 27-30 with a $1,500 buy-in on tap. Vitor Coelho won the Season XVII edition and earned more than $123,000 for his efforts versus 446 entries.
Pittsburgh is on the map once again from April 16-20 for the second iteration of WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh in Season XVIII. This version of the event is also a $1,100 buy-in.
The last stop before the WPTDeepStacks Championship is at Parx Casino for WPTDeepStacks Big Stax and a $1,600 buy-in from May 15-18 in Bensalem, PA.
“WPTDeepStacks proudly presents the Season XVIII schedule to our players across the country who we thank, as always, for their support through the years, said Chris Torina, WPTDeepStacks Executive Director. “This season’s schedule features the addition of great casino partners to bolster our full calendar.”
Cathy Zhao, Director, WPTDeepStacks, added, “Season XVIII continues the positive trend of exciting events across North America. WPTDeepStacks looks forward to maintaining our high level of events and digital content, thanks to our players and casino partners.”
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