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WPT Adds New Stops For Season XI

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Expanding on its mission to introduce world-class tournament poker to new players and markets around the globe, World Poker Tour announced the addition of WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg, Africa and WPT Montreal (Canada) to its Season XI schedule.

“We are thrilled to be adding two exciting new events to our Season XI schedule,” said WPT CEO Steve Heller. As our first event in the Southern Hemisphere, WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic is a ground-breaking step into uncharted territory for World Poker Tour, while WPT Montreal marks a long-awaited return to one of the great poker centers in the world.”

The event in Johannesburg is running from October 22 – 26 and features a buy-in of USD $3,300 + $300 with re-entry while the WPT Montreal event runs from November 23 – 26.  The CAD $3,000 + $300 buy-in and opportunity for re-entry is expected to draw some of the biggest names in the game, including Playground Poker representatives Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, and Erik Cajelais.

2012 WPT Season XI Schedule

Tournament Name Host Casino / Location Date Buy In + Entry Fee = Total
WPT Merit Cyprus Classic (NTV) Merit-Grand Casino, Cyprus Aug 4 – 9, 2012 $4,000 + $400  = $4,400*
WPT Parx Open Poker Classic (TV) Parx Casino, Bensalem, Pennsylvania Aug 10 – 15, 2012 $3,300 + $ 200 = $3,500*
Legends of Poker (TV) The Bicycle Casino, Bell Gardens, California Aug 24 – 29, 2012 $3,500 + $200 = $3,700*
WPT Grand Prix de Paris (TV) Aviation Club de France, Paris Sep 10 – 15, 2012 €7,500*
WPT Malta (NTV) Casino at Portomaso, Malta Sep 16 – 20, 2012 €3,000 + €300 = €3,300*
Borgata Poker Open (TV) Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sep 16 – 21, 2012 $3,300 + $200 = $3,500*
Emperors Palace Poker Classic (NTV) Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Entertainment Resort, Johannesburg Oct 22 – 26, 2012 $3,300 + $300 = $3,600*
Jacksonville bestbet Fall Series (NTV) bestbet Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida Nov 9 – 13, 2012 $3,500*
WPT Copenhagen (NTV) Casino Copenhagen, Denmark Nov 12 – 17, 2012 24,000 DKK + 2,250 DKK = 26,250 DKK*
(estimate conversion of €3,500) (Cap of 400 players)
WPT Montreal (NTV) Playground Poker Club, Quebec, Canada Nov 23 – 26, 2012 $3,000 + $300 = $3,300*
WPT Mazagan (NTV) Mazagan Casino, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco Nov 26 – Dec 1, 2012 €3,200 + €300 = €3,500*
WPT Prague (NTV) Corinthia Hotel
Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 3 – 9, 2012 €3,300*
(with 10% withheld)
Five Diamond World Poker Classic (TV) Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas Nevada Dec 17 – 22, 2012 $10,000 + $300 = $10,300