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North American Poker Tour Announces Los Angeles Stop at the Bike

PokerStars Will Host Next NAPT Event at the Bicycle Casino

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The Bicylcle CasinoThe PCA in the Bahamas was considered the North American Poker Tour’s first stop. Then, it moved to the Venetian in Las Vegas. Most recently, the tour held a series in Connecticut for NAPT Mohegan Sun. Now, after months of waiting for the announcement of where the next stop would be, PokerStars has confirmed that the NAPT will be coming to Los Angeles.

With Southern California serving as one of the most popular poker grounds in the U.S., the NAPT can expect to see a lively group show up both from the nearby area and across the U.S., thanks to its plethora of online satellites.

“We are very enthusiastic to secure the West Coast tour stop,” said Haig Kelegian, managing partner of the Bike. “We clearly recognize the NAPT as the next major happening in the evolution of poker, and we have no doubt this tour will entice and attract players from all over the world.”

There will be a full-fledged poker festival at the Bike scheduled for Nov. 12-17, highlighted by a $5,000 main event. Unlike previous NAPT events, that tournament will not be filmed for television.

Daniel Negreanu, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Bertrand Grospellier, Barry Greenstein, and Vanessa Rousso are all expected to attend.

“I’ve played at The Bike in the past and there is a strong local presence in LA,” said Negreanu, in a statement released by PokerStars. “It’s always really important for a tournament’s success to have a strong core of local players as it gives even more incentive to travel to the events when you know there will be big money on the line. I’m looking forward to playing.”

This will be the fourth NAPT event of its inaugural season.

Harrison Gimbel won the first NAPT event of the year in the PCA in January for $2.2 million after defeating a field of 1,529 players. Tom Marchese won the NAPT Venetian for $827,648, overcoming a group of 872 competitors. Vanessa Selbts was the NAPT’s most recent winner, collecting $750,000 for her win over a field of 716.

For more information, check out the NAPT’s website.