When poker fans think of the World Poker Tour (WPT), they naturally think of the Main Tour and well-known tournaments like the WPT Borgata Poker Open and the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and that makes sense. Oft overlooked, but quickly gaining a huge following is the mid-major division of the WPT, WPTDeepStacks (don’t know why it has to be one word). And it was this week that WPTDeepStacks revealed the first half of its 2019 schedule – a big one, with 18 stops in that first half alone.

“We are pleased to announce the first half of the 2019 WPTDeepStacks schedule, and provide the 18 events of what will be the most jam-packed six months in WPTDeepStacks history,” said WPTDeepStacks Executive Director Chris Torina in a pretty vanilla press release. “WPTDeepStacks is poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit and we look forward to adding some great new events to our long-standing partnerships.”

Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour, added, “WPT® looks forward to expanding its global reach, and offer players around the globe a chance to play on the World Poker Tour stage at an attractive price point provided by WPTDeepStacks. Players from around the globe can look forward to competing for their share of the $3 million in guarantees in the first half of 2019.”

The schedule will begin in Germany with WPTDeepStacks Berlin at Spielbank Casino from January 11-14. The buy-in for the event will be €1,200 with a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. And this is where the “mid-major” label comes in; the events are all in this price range, give or take, depending on the location and currency.

Most of the rest of the tour stops are at familiar venues, including Casino Sochi in Russia, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida, Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Casino Barcelona, and bestbet Jacksonville.

The complete 2019 first half WPTDeepStacks schedule is below.

WPTDS Berlin Spielbank Casino Berlin, Germany January 11-14 €1,200
WPTDS Hollywood Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida January 17-22 $1,100
WPTDS Russia Casino Sochi Sochi, Russia January 24-27 $1,500
WPTDS Montreal Playground Poker Club Kahnawake, Canada February 1-5 CAD $1,500
WPTDS Brussels Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE Brussels, Belgium February 7-10 €1,200
WPT500 Barcelona Casino Barcelona Barcelona, Spain March 8-12 €550
WPTDS Jacksonville bestbet Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida March 8-11 $1,500
WPTDS Barcelona Casino Barcelona Barcelona, Spain March 14-17 €1,650
WPTDS Johannesburg Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Johannesburg, South Africa March 15-17 RAND 10,000
WPT Vietnam Pro Poker Club Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam March 19-23 $1,070
WPTDS Maryland Live! Hotel & Casino Hanover, Maryland March 22-25 $1,500
WPTDS Amsterdam Holland Casino Amsterdam Center Amsterdam, Netherlands March 28-31 €1,200
WPTDS Sacramento Thunder Valley Casino Resort Lincoln, California April 4-8 $1,100
WPT500 United Kingdom Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham, United Kingdom April 5-10 £550
WPTDS United Kingdom Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham, United Kingdom April 11-14 £1,650
DeepStacks Edmonton Casino Yellowhead Edmonton, Canada April 11-15 CAD $1,100
WPTDS Blackhawk Golden Gates Casino Blackhawk, Colorado May 9-13 $1,500
WPTDS Big Stax Parx Casino Bensalem, Pennsylvania May 17-20 $1,600
WPT New Zealand Skycity Auckland Auckland, New Zealand May 31-June 3 NZD $2,200
WPTDS Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida June 13-17 $1,100

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