The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced that it will be launching a new super high roller event series known as WPT Alpha8 in the coming months.
The event, which is set to hold tournaments at a number of venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, will launch in August at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Florida and will have a buy-in of at least $100,000. WPT has also secured a TV deal for its new event, with events set to be broadcast on the FOX Sports 1 channel from March 2014.
WPT President Adam Pliska said that he expected a number of high level poker pros to participate in the upcoming Alpha8 events, which he believed will make for good TV viewing.
“Showcasing the world’s poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high-roller tournament poker to date,” he said. “Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport’s highest levels.”
The decision to broadcast the Alpha8 events on Fox Sports 1 was lauded by that channel’s Vice President of Programming David Sussin, who expressed his excitement at the future broadcasting of Alpha8 tournaments.
“WPT Alpha8 will be a key part of our primetime line up and a tremendous complement to our other sports programming,” he said. “With this new series, WPT has significantly raised the stakes of televised poker. By increasing the risk and raising the pressure, WPT Alpha8 delivers more drama and bigger personalities, and we’re confident the show will quickly become a habit for our viewers.”
While Alpha8 will be a totally new series for the WPT, it will certainly not be the first it has hosted super high roller events. The WPT has often hosted such events in the past, with the most recent one being a $100,000 event at this year’s WPT World Championship in Las Vegas.
That event attracted 21 players, with David Sands ending up as its winner. He won $1,023,750 for taking out that event, which attracted notable players such as Steven Silverman and Joseph Cheong, who was the event’s runner up.
With other super high roller events, such as the GuangDong Asia Millions in Macau in June, springing up all over the world, poker pros are now getting more chances to win some more big money.