The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is set to kick off its 2014 schedule on Monday, January 12 and has announced further expansion for this year that will include a stop in Mississippi.
The Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi will play host to HPT’s first foray to the Magnolia State on March 13. The action begins with a $250 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack tournament. The $1,650 Main Event gets underway on March 21, with those players making the televised final table set to conclude the action on Monday, March 24. Affordable satellites and qualifiers to the Main Event will be running beginning the 13th of March.
“We are excited about the incredible opportunity to host the Heartland Poker Tour at Ameristar Vicksburg,“ said George Stadler, Ameristar VP and general manager. “It is an honor to have a nationally televised event for our guests, team members and the city of Vicksburg.”
The year’s first stop is a week-long Caribbean cruise from Jan. 12-19 that departs from Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship will dock along the way in exotic locations such as St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and CocoCay, Bahamas.
For those who prefer playing poker on dry land, HPT has scheduled its stops in the early part of the year at California-Thunder Valley Casino Resort from Jan. 13-26, California-Club One Casino on Jan. 31 – Feb. 9, Colorado-Golden Gates Casino Resort from Feb. 7-16, Missouri-River City Casino & Hotel on Feb. 20 – March 3, and California-Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa from Feb. 27 – March 9 before heading to Mississippi.
This year’s expansion follows the success of last year when HPT added California tour stops to the schedule. Since its 2005 inception, more than $50 million in tournament prize money has been awarded to HPT players. Television broadcasts are available to over 100 million U.S. homes and now reach four continents.