Twelve years ago PokerStars’s attempt to break into the US live poker tournament scene abruptly ended. Two days after the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) stop at Mohegan Sun crowned Vanessa Selbst back-to-back champion, PokerStars was seized by the Department of Justice on the day known as Black Friday.
Years later, PokerStars is now resurrecting the NAPT with a new stop at Resorts World in Las Vegas. It is a homecoming for the NAPT, which debuted at The Venetian in 2010.
The poker series will run from Nov. 4-12 and feature a range of different tournaments. The $1,650 buy-in Main Event will run from Nov. 6-11 and feature six different starting flights. Prior to that event, there will be a $10,300 buy-in Super High Roller, and, after the Main Event, there will be a $5,300 High Roller tournament.
None of the events feature a guaranteed prize pool.
“We are delighted to announce the return of this iconic series and once again hold the NAPT for poker players in North America. We’re working hard to ensure that this is a spectacular series and can’t wait to head to Las Vegas to get the show on the road,” said VP of PokerStars North America Steve Preiss.
“We are thrilled to partner with PokerStars as we celebrate the return of the North American Poker Tour with the first stop at Resorts World Las Vegas. NAPT Las Vegas is sure to bring players in from all over the globe and we look forward to hosting them once again at our world-class property,” added Director of Poker Operations at Resorts World Las Vegas Leon Wheeler.
Currently, WSOP.com is the only online poker operating in Nevada. However, PokerStars does plan to offer online satellites to players in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan where it operates. Details of those satellites will come at a later date.