The World Poker Tour announced on Wednesday that it has inked a partnership with partypoker LIVE to host as many as seven events in Europe and Canada for the next four years. The first event in the series will be at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal in October 2018 in conjunction with the WPT Montreal stop at the same time.
“I’m so pleased to announce our new partnership with the World Poker Tour,” said partypoker LIVE President John Duthie in a press release. “The WPT has always aimed to put the players first, and that is a mission we strongly adhere to with our partypoker LIVE events. Collaborating with the WPT on these additional events across Canada and Europe will allow us to continue to provide players with the tournaments they want across the globe.”
The rest of the schedule will be revealed at a later date, but the World Poker Tour has said that locations will include Sochi, Russia and the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in the UK. Both the WPT and partypoker have already worked together at the Playground Poker Club and Dusk Till Dawn, having previously hosted the partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship, partypoker.net WPT Montreal, and partypoker.net WPT Playground at the former and partypoker WPT UK at the latter.
WPT CEO Adam Pliska added the usual hype and accolades, saying:
The World Poker Tour is proud to partner with partypoker LIVE on this new, four-year global initiative. The partnership allows the WPT to continue its dedication of bringing world-class poker to people’s lives, and we are honored to have John Duthie and the entire team at partypoker LIVE sharing in this value. Together with partypoker LIVE, we look forward to elevating the game for all levels.
partypoker LIVE, as the name would make one assume, is the live tournament extension of partypoker. It has also previously established relationships with the venues listed above. The World Series of Poker Circuit Playground – of which partypoker LIVE is a part – is currently running, MILLIONS UK will be held at Dusk Till Dawn in a month, and Sochi has been featured multiple times on the tour.
“The partnership with partypoker LIVE will bring WPT Main Tour stops in Europe to unprecedented heights,” said WPT VP Europe Hermance Blum. “We are thrilled that two major operators can join forces again to bring the best poker experience to the players with each individual savoir-faire.”
Partypoker online players will be able to use partypoker LIVE Dollars acquired in satellites at the live events; that the events will be co-branded with the World Poker Tour will have no effect on this. LIVE Dollars are pretty cool – they can be used for pretty much anything having to do with the partypoker LIVE stops, including buy-ins, hotel rooms, and travel.