Over the past few months the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced expansion into several new and exotic locales including Cyprus, Marrakesh and Venice. In the past two weeks they’ve added yet two more locales to their tournament schedule: Bratislava, Slovakia and Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
The WPT and the Slovak Poker Sport Federation joined forces to put together what is expected to be the biggest poker tournament Slovakia has ever seen. The event is scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 4th of this year and will have a €4,000 buy-in. The tournament will take place at the Golden Vegas Casino and will serve as the headlining event of the Central European Summer Poker Championships.
The most recent WPT International event took place in Venice, Italy back in May and drew 397 runners for the bwin Poker-sponsored event. Next up on the WPT’s international schedule is its Spanish Championship in Barcelona. It started Wednesday of this week and will continue until June 30th when a winner is determined. Last year’s Spanish Championship event was won by Casper Hansen of Denmark.
In addition to expanding internationally, the WPT is also adding a new stop to its US tour schedule. Just two years after cutting down its number of stops dramatically, WPT has added the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana to its Season VIII schedule. Meanwhile, the North American Poker Championship stop at the Fallsview Casino in Canada has been dropped from the schedule as have the spring visits to Foxwoods and Borgata Casinos.
There will be a grand total of twelve domestic tournaments on its Season VIII schedule. The season kicks off with Bellagio Cup V in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 13th-19th and ends at Bellagio as well with the WPT Championship event taking place at the casino from April 17th-24th. The Bellagio will be the most frequent stop on the WPT tour with a grand total of four of the twelve tournaments taking place there. In addition to the Championship and Bellagio Cup, the Festa al Lago event in October and Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December will return on the Season VIII schedule as well.
Other highlights on the Season VIII agenda include a return visit to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi for the Southern Poker Classic, fall visits to the East Coast at Foxwoods and Borgata, stops at the Bicycle and Commerce Casinos in Los Angeles, California and the popular Shooting Star Tournament in San Jose, California.
Lawrenceburg is the only new stop on the schedule and also marks the first time the WPT will venture into the Midwestern part of the United States. The Indiana casino is located just minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio and has one of the more popular poker rooms in the region. The WPT tournament will serve as a platform to show off the newly remodeled casino, formerly known as Argosy Casino. Once the renovation is complete, the Argosy will officially become Hollywood Casino on June 26th. The WPT will arrive a few months later for its inaugural event, which is schedule to be held from March 20th-24th.

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