The World Poker Tour and the DeepStacks Poker Tour announced Tuesday that they are joining forces to create one consolidated ‘mid-major’ tour. WPTDeepStacks combines the DSPT and WPT Regional tours to utilize the resources and strengths of both entities to provide players with bigger prizepools and an opportunity to play their way up through several different tiers of WPT tournament offerings.
“This is one of those rare win-win-wins,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “Combining WPT’s brand with DSPT’s staff and cutting-edge approach is a victory for both brands. We couldn’t be more excited about what this means for poker players everywhere.”
The DSPT is in the midst of their seven-event 2014 schedule, which will now be played out as WPTDeepStacks for the remainder of the year. Remaining stops on tap include two trips to California, two events in Canada and stops in both London and Malta. The 2014 WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year will get a seat to the 2015 WPT World Championship and a WPTDeepstacks Sponsorship, which includes tournament buy-ins, hotel and airfare, along with a custom built WPTDeepStacks POY poker table.
“WPTDeepStacks completely redefines the mid-major tournament market, delivering a world class experience to low to medium buy-in players, at the fraction of the cost,” said DSPT President Chris Torina. “WPT is an exceptional brand to align with and this partnership will be an industry game changer.”
The DeepStacks Poker Tour had its first event in February 2012, with its roots dating back to the creation of DeepStacks University in 2009. The site boasts a roster of pros that include Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow and Tristan Wade, who served as half of the commentary team for DeepStacks’ television broadcasts in previous seasons.
This is the second big announcement regarding smaller buy-in events in the last week from the WPT. The WPT500 at Aria Resort & Casino, presented by partypoker, will take place this July, with a $565 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed prizepool and $200,000 or more for the eventual champion.
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