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Resorts World Las Vegas to Host Return of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour

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PokerStars is set to re-introduce the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) after a decade-long pause. The awaited revival is marked for this fall, with Resorts World in Las Vegas hosting the opening event from November 4-12.

Collaborative Ventures for the Relaunch

The NAPT is returning with a series of promising events. A notable mention is the high roller tournament, commanding a buy-in of $5,300, set for November 10-12. Poker aficionados can also set their sights on the PokerStars Cup event, with a $550 buy-in, from November 9-12. The series' prime event, the Main Event, has a $1,650 buy-in and is planned from November 6-11. An exhaustive event listing is forthcoming.

Steve Preiss, VP for PokerStars North America, conveyed his enthusiasm for the series' resurgence. He highlighted the team's commitment to ensuring the series leaves an imprint and expressed eagerness to initiate proceedings in Las Vegas.

Leon Wheeler, heading Poker Operations at Resorts World Las Vegas, mirrors this sentiment. He accentuated the global appeal of NAPT Las Vegas and assured that Resorts World is primed to host global poker enthusiasts with unmatched hospitality.

There will also be online satellites available leading up to the launch of the NAPT. These will be held on PokerStars and offered where online poker is currently available in North America. This includes Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the US and Ontario in Canada.

NAPT's Rise, Fall and Long Intermission

In 2010, the NAPT had its highlight with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Barry Shulman, representing Card Player, secured an impressive third position from an extensive field of 1,529 entrants. Harrison Gimbel took the spotlight, winning over $2.2 million in the $10,300 buy-in event.

However, the euphoria did not last. The tour's second season witnessed a sudden interruption, primarily due to PokerStars ceasing its US operations post the Black Friday debacle.

The activity dwindled, with only seven events in the debut season and a mere three in the next. This slump ushered in a 12-year hiatus for the NAPT.

This series is a precursor to the debut of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 18. Oracle Red Bull Racing, partnering with PokerStars, is a notable contender.

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