The World Poker Tour, with the addition of two new stops, once again continued its charm for high profile international events for the poker fans. This year, they have already featured several official Season XI and regional tournaments outside of the U.S., but including a stop where the WPT has never gone before, will be very exciting. The WPT Montreal will be creating a mark of return to what had previously been one of the very popular tournament ground in Canada.
Very recently, the WPT announced its trip to “north of the border” to one of the most popular poker clubs in Canada. The WPT Montreal has also been scheduled for November 23-26 at the Playground Poker Club in the Quebec province. The popular playground, with the addition of a $3000 re-entry event and the WPT Montreal professional players Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak and Erik Cajelais as Playground Poker representatives, will be reckoned as a world-class poker location.
Prior to the WPT Montreal tournament, the WPT will be entering Johannesburg, South Africa the Southern Hemisphere of the world for the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic to be held From October 22-26. The WPT will also be bringing its brand of poker to South Africa’s best with a $3000 buy in and a re-entry option in the event.
It is believed that these events will continue to expand the WPT’s reach around the globe. “We are thrilled to be adding two exciting new events to our Season XI schedule,” said Steve Heller, the Chief Executive Officer of the WPT, during the announcement of the events. “As our first event in the Southern Hemisphere, WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic is a ground-breaking step into uncharted territory for World Poker Tour, while WPT Montreal marks a long-awaited return to one of the great poker centers in the world.”
Earlier, the WPT stopped at “Great White North” in 2008 and 2007, where the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls hosted the North American Poker Championship. In addition to the official stops such as the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, the Borgata in Atlantic City, Bestbet Jacksonville in Florida and the Bellagio in Las Vegas as well as the new stops Cyprus, Paris, Malta, Morocco, and the Czech Republic on the schedule of the WPT. There will also be hosting “national” tournaments in Spain, Morocco and Italy through the end of 2012.
With the recent move by WPT and the announcement by the World Series of Poker, the two major U. S. tournament circuits seemingly increasing their international involvement. Therefore, first trip to the WSOP Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) next April at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia will greatly be awaited by the poker world.