WPT Adds French Event

by , Apr 15, 2010 | 1:11 pm

Of course … France opens itself up, and then gets way in on the televised poker thing … and sure enough the WPT is there to follow with a new stop. No time to vet any of this (we’re minutes from broadcast-time for The Poker Beat) so read the press release below and think for yourself what it might mean to have a WPT tournament that sounds like an Eminem song.

Oh, also, a wildly speculative, unsubstantiated prediction … the next France-like poker mini-hotspot you’ll see … it’s gonna be Florida.

WORLD POKER TOUR® EUROPEAN EXPANSION CONTINUES WITH NEW STOP AT FRANCE’S CASINO D’AMNEVILLE

3200 + 300€ Tournament Marks Second French Event for 2010

(LOS ANGELES) April 12, 2010 – Further expanding its tour offering in Europe, World Poker Tour® and Casino Municipal D’Amneville announced today a partnership to create the next WPT stop in France. The WPT Amneville 2010 tournament series kicks off October 30 – November 1 with land-based qualifiers and side events, followed by the 3200 + 300€ WPT Main Event November 2 – 6.


“The Casino d’Amneville is located at the perfect crossroad for European players, with close proximity to Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. We are delighted to welcome the World Poker Tour to Amneville for this unique French tournament,” said Christophe Schanne, General Manager of the Casino of Amneville.

Players can earn their way into the WPT Main Event though a variety of qualifier tournaments, including satellites at Aviation Club de France in Paris and The Grand Casino Basel in Switzerland, as well as super-satellites that will take place at Casino D’Amenville October 29 – November 1. More information will be available soon at http://www.casino-amneville.com.

On top of the first place cash prize, the WPT Amneville 2010 main event winner will receive a WPT title and Champion bracelet, $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio, and an eternal place in poker history among the elite ranks of WPT Champions.
Amneville Casino is a stunning venue located in a unique city that offers the world largest indoor ski slope, golf, auditorium, balneology/spa treatments and cinemas (www.amneville.com). Casino D’Amneville features 400 slot machines, a poker room, English roulette tables, French roulette table, Blackjack and more. For more information, visit http://www.amneville.com/en/divert.aspx?num_p=31


8 Comments to “WPT Adds French Event”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Florida doesn’t get to be a real hotbed until July 1.


  2. DanM
    says:

    maybe even july 1, 2011, right? these things take some time … but i’m just saying, it’s wanting to head that direction.


  3. DanM
    says:

    and oops, lol … i just caught in the press release itself that this is the WPT’s second stop in France, not like their first or anything.


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    As soon as the FL house passes the Seminole compact (which includes removing the $100 max buyin for NL cash games), it will become law July 1, 2010. The legislation passed the Florida Senate earlier today.


  5. DanM
    says:

    Right. I think they’ve got a $1k tourney cap right now and are removing that, too? That will be key so you could have a WPT or NAPT-like event.

    I just think it will take some time for productions around such a new law will develop.


  6. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Going back to what the post was about, there are already three stops in Europe for season IX of the WPT (Aviation Club in Paris and Barcelona in May), and the above mentioned D’Amenville in November.

    The one good thing about Party taking over is that the World has been put back into the World Poker Tour.


  7. DanM
    says:

    Right, very good points. And it’s that affiliation with the WPT that makes me think PartyPoker will not be taking the Everest Poker spot on the WSOP felts.


  8. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    I believe the cap is around $800. They did have a successful tournament called the Florida Million, a $500+50 tournament with satellites at six poker rooms, getting a prize pool over $1,000,000. You’re right that 2011 is more reasonable for a WPT/NAPT type of event. However, there’s plenty of people counting down to July 1 for the cash games to get really juicy.