Poker players and fans alike will be excited to hear that the DeepStacks Poker Tour will now be adding the Grey Eagle Casino & Bingo in Calgary, Alberta as a partner venue to its growing list of poker tournament stops around the world. While all the fine details are yet to come, it has been officially announced that the poker tournament series will span 9 days, from September 20th-28th, 2014, include a variety of buy-ins, and feature an $1,100 Main Event with multiple starting days and a $100,000 prize-pool guarantee.
According to the official press release “this deal marks the first time a U.S. based poker tour has ever put on an event in Alberta.”
The Grey Eagle Casino and Bingo has played host to many poker players and events in the past, something that will only get better with a new hotel expansion scheduled to open later this year, while many will also recognize the DeepStacks logo and brand from its many recognized pro team appearances on television coverage of events around the world and high stakes cash games.
“As DSPT continues to grow internationally, we’ve long desired to expand into Alberta” said DeepStacks CEO Chris Torina on the recent announcement, while Lee Athias, Casino Manager for Grey Eagle Casino & Bingo added “We are always looking for ways and means to raise the tournament bar for our poker players…the opportunity to team with DSPT in hosting the first Canadian event in Calgary will bring tournament play to a new level.” With DeepStacks Poker Tour recently receiving licensing and approval as a vendor from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the two partners are now poised to do just that, by moving the Alberta poker landscape in a forward direction once again.
DeepStacks Poker Tour has added a second Canadian stop for 2014, with a 9 day series scheduled for Pure Poker at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton, from October 4th to 12th, which includes a $1,350 Main Event with a $150,000 prize-pool guarantee!
Formally known simply as Casino Yellowhead, this venue (and it’s sister casino) have been hosting some of Alberta’s well attended poker tournament festivals for nearly 2 decades, including both the Canadian, Western Canadian, Alberta, Edmonton and Klondike Poker Classic or Championship series. The addition of the DeepStacks Poker Tour as a partner is sure to invigorate and enhance the playing experience longed loved over Edmonton’s tried and tested tournament history, while taking things to an even higher standard of competition.
“The Canadian poker industry is thriving. The opportunity to bring DSPT to Edmonton gives player’s a chance to play an elite level of poker on their own turf,” said DeepStacks CEO Chris Torina. “Casino Yellowhead is proving to be an exceptional partner and we can’t wait to put on a first class event at their property this October.”
“Partnering with DSPT is really exciting for all of us at PURE Canadian Gaming, and gives our players something new and exciting to look forward to” said Joanne Jost, Poker Room Manager, Casino Yellowhead. “I’m really looking forward to working with Chris Torina and the entire DSPT team. Edmonton has a lot of great poker players and this is an opportunity for them to show off their skills and bring the Canadian Poker Championships to a whole new level.”
Commitments have been received from poker champions Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, a four time WSOP bracelet winner, high stakes cash game professional & most recent NBC Heads Up Champion, World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner & online powerhouse Tristan Wade, as well as Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi who’s poker resume includes many of poker’s most prestige titles from across the globe, totalling roughly $14,500,000 in lifetime winnings.
Both the Calgary and Edmonton Main Events will also qualify the recently announced 2014 DSPT/GPI Player Of The Year points race, in which the winner will receive the following:
Custom DeepStacks Poker Tour & Global Poker Index POY Trophy & a 2015 DeepStacks Sponsorship Package, with buy-ins to select DSPT preliminary & main events, hotel & airfare to select DSPT events, a spotlight feature on DeepStacks.com, official DSPT gear and a custom DSPT/GPI Player Of the Year poker table provided by Off Tilt Poker Tables!
CanadaPoker.com will bring you all the latest information on these exciting stops as they become available, such as side event schedules and any offers or added promotions; be sure to check back here on this article in the near future!