The North American Poker Tour is again for the primary time in over 12 years. [Image: PokerStars.com]
Blast from the previous
President Barack Obama was a bit greater than midway by his first time period the final time an occasion was performed on the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT). Many poker followers most likely have by no means even heard of it. On Wednesday, although, PokerStars introduced that the NAPT has been reborn, with the primary cease set for Las Vegas November 4-12, 2023.
Resorts World Las Vegas will host the “inaugural” North American Poker Tour occasion. The entire schedule has but to be finalized, however PokerStars has mentioned that the $1,650 buy-in Essential Occasion will run November 6-11 and may have six beginning flights.
Different key tournaments which are recognized at this level are the $550 NLH Cup, the $5,300 Excessive Curler, the $10,300 Tremendous Excessive Curler, and the $1,100 Thriller Bounty Occasion. As one would count on from PokerStars, on-line poker gamers – on Stars’ North American websites and all over the world – may have alternatives to earn their approach into the NAPT Las Vegas tournaments through satellites.
First go was brief lived
The North American Poker Tour was one of many earliest stay match excursions based by PokerStars, starting in January 2010 with the PokerStars Caribbean Journey at Atlantis Resort within the Bahamas. There have been seven complete occasions that 12 months, a few of which had been excessive curler tournaments.
Along with the Bahamas, the NAPT visited Mohegan Solar in Connecticut, the Venetian in Las Vegas, and Bicycle On line casino (“The Bike”) in Los Angeles throughout that first 12 months. Purchase-ins had been increased than it appears to be like like they are going to be with the brand new model of the NAPT – Essential Occasions ran $5,000 or $10,300 and Excessive Rollers had been $25,000, with some variation of the prize pool/price cut up relying on location and whether or not or not it was a bounty occasion.
Vanessa Selbst received the Essential Occasion for the second 12 months in a row
The second season started in January 2011, once more on the PokerStars Caribbean Journey. The tour then moved to Mohegan Solar in April, the place Vanessa Selbst received the Essential Occasion for the second 12 months in a row. However little did anybody know that that may be it for the NAPT till 12 years later.
Black Friday’s results had been widespread
The Season 2 NAPT Mohegan Solar Essential Occasion ended on April 13, 2011. Two days later, an indictment was unsealed in a legal case in opposition to PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, the Cereus Community (Absolute Poker and UltimateBet) and several other people, a day infamously referred to as Black Friday within the poker world.
The net poker rooms withdrew from the US market and with them went stay poker occasions just like the North American Poker Tour. It took practically a 12 months for the NAPT web site to cease displaying data for the tour, doubtless as a result of PokerStars had extra urgent issues than worrying about updating an internet site.
Different poker tv reveals had been irreparably broken, as effectively.
ESPN2 canceled its scheduled airing of the NAPT on April 17, 2011; not solely was the NAPT a PokerStars tour, however the broadcast was sponsored by PokerStars.internet. Different poker tv reveals had been irreparably broken, as effectively. Each Excessive Stakes Poker and Poker After Darkish, two extraordinarily fashionable packages, died due to Black Friday, primarily as a result of the withdrawal of the poker rooms from the US meant sponsorship cash dried up. They’ve since been introduced again by poker streaming service PokerGO.