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PokerStars sponsoring North American Poker Tour

6 January 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) -- is delighted to announce the launch of the long awaited North American Poker Tour (NAPT).

The NAPT is the first major poker tour in North America created by poker players for poker players with accessible buy-ins, expectations for massive prize pools and thousands of players from around the world all competing for millions of dollars. The NAPT will start at the Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas on January 5, 2010.

Two further stops are already planned for the NAPT's inaugural season, with more events to be announced soon. The NAPT Venetian event in Las Vegas, Nevada, from February 20-24 will be the Main Event of The Venetian's Deep Stack Extravaganza I; and the NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event in Uncasville, Connecticut, from April 7-11 will be the star feature of a spectacular new poker festival there this Spring.

Both Main Event buy-ins will be $5,000 and like the PCA will feature an exciting variety of side events with a broad range of buy-ins to suit all players.

Joanna Krupa, famed from appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and " Million Dollar Challenge" will be its TV host. It will feature the very best players from North America and from around the world, including team members Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso and Daniel Negreanu who is among those who have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the NAPT.

"I'm really looking forward to the launch of the NAPT. has done an excellent job sponsoring meaningful tournaments around the world with the EPT, LAPT, APPT, and various other local tours – and it's exciting to see them coming to my home town of Las Vegas! With the addition of the NAPT, I'll have a chance to play some tournaments on home soil, and I'm very excited about that," said Negreanu

The Venetian Las Vegas and Mohegan Sun will provide perfect backdrops for each of the Main Events, fitting destinations for what is expected to be a popular tour. The Venetian is the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond and Mobil Four-Star Awards and is home to The Grand Canal Shoppes, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants and a wide variety of entertainment. Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, and gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. will provide the easiest possible way to qualify for the tournaments with free packages up for grabs on Daily NAPT Venetian freerolls are scheduled on and can be found in the lobby under Events/Special. Here players can win the $5,000 seat, plus accommodation, for absolutely nothing.

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