In what has to be one of the quietest introductions in the poker world for some time, PokerStars recently introduced the Czech-Slovak Poker Tour with its first event finishing early last week in Prague at the Card Casino Prague.
The four stop series will cover the region and should offer an excellent chance for players to ply their skills against some of the best players from around the region. Besides the first stop that recently completed in Prague, three other events are scheduled:  Ostrava (Casino Kartac Ostrava, September 24-27), Brno (Poker Herna Vegas, October 29-November 1) and Bratislava (Ceasars Poker Club – Golden Vegas Bratislava, December 10-13). All of the tournaments have a guaranteed prize pool of CZK 1,222,222 (approximately $65,000 American) and the buy in is CZK 12,222.
The CSPT Prague field was limited to 198 players, due to the smaller sizes of the European casinos, and 122 actually showed up to take on the inaugural CSPT event, which was won by Lukas Horak. Horak was the chip leader heading into the final table and he didn’t look back, defeating Martin Pecha heads up to win the 340,000 CZK first prize. The other tournament venues on the Czech-Slovak Poker Tour are limited to 153 (Ostrava and Brno) and 225 (Bratislava) players.
Besides taking the championship of a major poker tournament, the players will also be battling for the opportunity to make additional money. Players that score big and finish in the top 32 on the points leader board after all four events of the CSPT are complete will advance to a special season finale tournament on January 9th, 2010 and play for a CZK 500,000 prize pool.
PokerStars has certainly stretched its arms around the world when it comes to regional poker tours. Beside the creation of the Czech-Slovak Poker Tour, PokerStars also created a tour in Russia earlier this year. Prior to these two endeavors, PokerStars opened up the world of poker through their Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). Finally, it would be wrong to miss what started PokerStars on their sponsored tournaments, the European Poker Tour (EPT), which has arguably become one of the top tournament circuits around today.
The announcement of the Czech-Slovak Poker Tour comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the World Poker Tour has tapped Bratislava for its WPT Slovakia. That tournament, which is scheduled for play from August 31st to September 5th, will be a €4000 buy in event.
For those who are looking for their opportunity to play in the CSPT, PokerStars is running satellites for and offering the ability to buy directly into the tournaments. For more information on the Czech-Slovak Poker Tour, a schedule of satellites or to buy in, visit PokerStars to learn more.

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