While the first events of the UK Open are unfolding across the pond, the US arm of the National Poker League announced that they have joined with the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to host the 2007 Vegas Open, scheduled for November 24th - 30th and the NPL World Championship Tournament on December 3rd.
"We are extremely honored and excited to partner with The Venetian as The Venetian Poker Room offers poker players a stylish and comfortable environment for our player-friendly tournament," exclaimed Robert Huxley, vice president of poker operations for NPL. "By making The Venetian the new home of the NPL, we are assured to provide players with a magnificent poker room and a resort that offers the very best Las Vegas has to offer."
The Venetian will also be the broadcast location for all 26 episodes of the NPL television series airing around the US and internationally. The UK Open Event #1 was the first televised NPL event. NPL executives project more than 100 Million viewers worldwide will tune in to the show. The show will be hosted by Las Vegas personality Dave Farra and poker pro Kirk Morrison, and will feature commentary, interviews and a "Play of the Day" segment. High Definition support for the program will be provided by Mojo HD, the premier provider of HD content to major cable networks.
"We are delighted NPL has chosen The Venetian Poker Room to be the official home of the 2007 Vegas Open and the World Championship Tournament," stated Kathy Raymond, director of poker room operations. "This is truly exciting as we have worked hard to build a reputation of hosting well-structured, exciting poker tournaments run by a staff that is both friendly and knowledgeable. The NPL tournaments are a perfect match for what our players have come to expect from The Venetian Poker Room."
The 2nd annual NPL Vegas Open relocates from its former home at Caesar's Palace to The Venetian beginning Sunday November 25th. The week of No Limit Hold Em tournaments will kick off with a special charity poker party on Saturday November 24th to benefit a local charity as a part of NPL's "Poker Cares" program.
The December 3rd, World Championship Tournament will serve as the culmination of the 2007 NPL global circuit of poker tournaments. Winners from London, Manila, Malbourne and Las Vegas will compete in the $15,000 buy-in tournament.
A complete schedule of the 2007 NPL Global Circuit Tournaments is as follows: • UK OPEN, London Aug. 12-18 • ASIA OPEN, Manila Oct. 10-14 • AUSTRALIA OPEN/ Pokernews Cup, Melbourne Oct. 21-29 • VEGAS OPEN, Las Vegas Nov. 24-Dec. 2 • WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Las Vegas Dec. 3-5