Further reviving its non-North American footprint, the World Poker Tour (WPT) recently announced that it is adding a tour stop in Amneville, France for the 2010-2011 season.  Amneville, just a short drive from both Luxembourg and Germany, is a small, yet popular tourist spot in northeast France which is home to, amongst other things, an indoor ski slope and the home of the new WPT stop, Casino Municipal d’Amneville.
Christophe Schanne, General Manager of Casino Municipal d’Amneville, said, “The Casino d’Amneville is located at the perfect crossroad for European players, with close proximity to Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. We are delighted to welcome the World Poker Tour to Amneville for this unique French tournament.”
Qualifiers and preliminary events will be held October 30th through November 1st, while the €3,200 + €300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will run November 2nd through November 6th.  In addition to the qualifiers held at the host casino, satellites will also be available to those playing at the Aviation Club de France in Paris and Switzerland’s Grand Casino Basel.  As is the tradition on the World Poker Tour, the winner of WPT Amneville will be granted a complementary seat in the Season 9 WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (worth $25,500) and a championship bracelet, in addition to the prize money from the tournament.
While it has always been called the World Poker Tour, a struggling WPT was anything but a “world” tour as recently as Season 7.  During the 2008-2009 season only one stop – the WPT Spanish Championship in Barcelona, Spain – was outside of North America.  This changed in current Season 8, as five of the sixteen tour stops are outside North America.  One of the stops, the WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de France (the Season 1 event at the casino was called the WPT Euro Finals of Poker), was one of the most highly regarded events on the World Poker Tour during the first five seasons, but has been absent from the schedule since 2006.  It will return in Season 9 along with its WPT Amneville to form a pair of French tour stops.
In 2009, PartyGaming, owner of PartyPoker, purchased the World Poker Tour from World Poker Tour Enterprises, Inc. (WPTE), through its subsidiary, Peerless Media Limited.  The $12.3 million deal came not long after WPTE inked a $9.075 million agreement with Gamynia Limited, a company associated with Playtech, which owns the iPoker Network.  The PartyGaming deal also specified that PartyGaming will hand over 5 percent of the World Poker Tour’s future gaming revenues to WPTE, compared to 4 percent in the Gamynia agreement.
WPT Season 8 is currently coming to a close at the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio.  Wednesday will mark the beginning of Day 4 with just 35 of 195 players remaining.  The top 18 players will finish in the money, each receiving a share of the $4,728,750 prize pool.  The top two finishers will become millionaires, with second place earning $1,034,715 and the winner of the $25,500 buy-in tournament taking home $1,530,537.

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