Earlier this week the World Professional Poker Tour (WPPT) announced two new stops on this year's tour but also gave some disappointing news for those hoping to play at WPPT Brisbane.
The Brisbane Main Event was due to take place at the Treasury Casino & Hotel between August 1-5 but these plans have now been temporarily shelved according to the CEO of the WPPT Serge Mazza. Mr Mazza said that plans for the Tresury's first stand-alone poker tournament had been pu on hold until some time in 2013. We believe this to be because the event would have clashed with the Sydney Poker Championship held at The Star on the same dates, which would no doubt have had a massive impact on the turnout for Brisbane.
The two new events will be taking place in Sri Lanka and South Korea. WPPT Colombo will take place in the Bellagio Casino in Sri Lanka between July 4-8 whilst WPPT Seoul will call the Paradise Walkerhill Casino home between September 12-16. These two additions take the 2012 WPPT schedule to a total of nine events.
This season kicked off in very disappointing circumstances when just 12 players participated in WPPT Goa, an attendance that caused many to question the future of the tour. However, a much more substantial crowd of 101 players turned out for the WPPT Gold Coast Main Event and that was eventually won by Tristan Bain who won a bankroll-boosting $84,032 for his efforts.
Next on the WPPT calendar is the Nova Gorica leg in Slovenia that is taking place on April 4-8. Nova Gorica is a stop many poker tours use these days as poker is very popular in the region, plus it is very close to Italy so usually the field is laden with Italian players, which in turn attracts players from all over Europe.
2012 WPPT Schedule
April 4-8, 2012
WPPT Nova Gorica
Perla Hotel Casino, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
May 9-13, 2012
WPPT Sharm El Sheikh
Sinai Grand Casino, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
June 6-10, 2012
WPPT Punta Del Este
Mantra Resort Spa & Casino, Punta Del Este, Uruguay
July 4-8, 2012
Bellagio Casino, Colombo, Sri Lanka
September 12-16, 2012
Paradise Walkerhill Casino, Seoul, South Korea
October 3-7, 2012
WPPT Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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