Breaking: PokerStars, Joanna Krupa to host NAPT
When your morning begins looking into the eyes of Joanna Krupa, it's pretty certain it's going to be a good day. When she announces she is the host of a brand new PokerStars tour, you feel it might be a good month. When you learn that tour is going to hit places like Las Vegas' Venetian and Connecticut's Mohegan Sun, mark it down as a red letter year.
Just a few minutes ago, Krupa and PokerStars' global events head Jeffrey Haas stood before the assembled media here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and announced the formation of a brand new poker tour.
Officially, the 2010 PCA marks the first event of the North American Poker Tour. From here, the NAPT will head to the Venetian in Las Vegas. As many of you know, the Venetian is famous for its Deep Stack Extravaganza series. February 20-24, the main event of the Deep Stack Extravaganza will be a $5,000 NAPT event.
"I'm excited to play," Daniel Negreanu told us this morning. "It's going to be nice to have some events at home in Vegas."
From there, the NAPT will head to the three million square feet of the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut for a 20-event poker festival in the spring with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $25,000. The $5,000 main event will run April 7-11.
Haas told us this morning that these are just the first events on the schedule and we should expect more announcements in the coming weeks and months.
"We are going to a lot of beautiful places and going to put on some great tournaments," he said.
Like the EPT, APPT, LAPT, and other PokerStars tours before it, the NAPT will be supported by online PokeStars satellites to the main events. EPT creator John Duthie recalled this morning how humbly his tour began in Season 1 and how quickly it exploded with PokerStars' support.
"I think the NAPT has a huge future," Duthie said. "As a player, I am very excited."
Haas said today that PokerStars has already signed up top television production company 441 (the same group that produces ESPN's coverage of the WSOP) to produce a brand new NAPT series. What's more, a television deal is in the works.
"We do have a first tier broadcast partner that will hopefully be announced in the next two weeks," he said.
And of course, when the show hits television, it will be hosted by Ms. Krupa.
Stay tuned for more details, future NAPT dates, and how you can qualify online at PokerStars.