Clearwater, FL & Lincoln, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
The 2014 Ante Up World Championship will be Aug. 1-11 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in California, featuring a $1,650 main event with a generous structure that will land the champion on the cover of Ante Up, YOUR Poker Magazine.
"While we and our guests enjoyed this year’s Ante Up World Championship in the Dominican Republic, bringing it stateside in 2014 makes the series accessible to more players," said Scott Long who, with Christopher Cosenza, is publisher of Ante Up Poker Media LLC, creator of the Ante Up Poker Tour. "Thunder Valley Casino Resort was the earliest supporter of the Ante Up Poker Tour, and its AAA Four Diamond Resort is the perfect location to host our tour’s marquee event."
Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif., just north of Sacramento, has hosted the Ante Up NorCal Classic Ante Up Poker Tour events the past two Novembers, and will do so again in November 2014. But for now, its focus is on the World Championship.
"This is the event we wanted to host. We are excited about the tour," said Ben Erwin, director of poker operations for Thunder Valley Casino Resort. "When the opportunity came to host the World Championship, that was not something we were going miss. We’re absolutely committed to making sure the event is going to be as great as you’ll find anywhere."
A full schedule of events is expected to be announced shortly, but it will include a variety of games to appeal to all players, as well as variations of no-limit hold’em that have proved popular in previous series at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. But the highlight will be the $1,650 main event, and Erwin is determined to make that event one players won’t want to miss. Players will start with 50K units with 40-minute levels that expand to 60 minutes later in the tournament.
"The World Championship structure is designed to allow each player the ability to play to their strengths," Erwin said. "The players who really value hand-selection can pick their spots and the more active players can splash around some chips without being crippled by losing a couple of pots."
The winner of the main event will appear on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Ante Up and win a personalized "World Champion" jacket. Players will have ample opportunities to satellite into the World Championship Main Event at Thunder Valley leading up to and during the Ante Up World Championship, but also will be able to win their way into the event through the other Ante Up Poker Tour events around the country.
Ante Up will have up to 12 "championship" Ante Up Poker Tour events during the year, with the winner of the main event of each earning a spot on the cover of Ante Up as well as a seat in the Ante Up World Championship Main Event. New for 2014 will be a series of regional Ante Up Poker Tour stops, designed to bring the AUPT experience to more players around the country. The winner of AUPT main events at those locations also will win a seat in the Ante Up World Championship Main Event.
A schedule of initial Ante Up Poker Tour events is available on the Ante Up Poker Tour webpage. The Ante Up Player of the Year race becomes the Ante Up Poker Tour Player of the Year, with cashers in every Ante Up Poker Tour event, including Ante Up Poker Cruises, earning points toward the title.
"Ante Up has covered every series we have had and will continue to do so as we look forward to another amazing year of events in 2014," said Erwin, whose property also will host Heartland Poker Tour and World Poker Tour events in 2014. "The regional coverage and area ambassadors make Ante Up the perfect partner for any poker room in the country."
To host or sponsor an Ante Up Poker Tour event, please call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335.
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