2/9/10 – There will be some special high stakes action in the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) this year; sponsor Pokerstars.net has announced that the US event will include a special $25 000 buy-in High Roller Bounty Shootout to be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas on February 23rd.
Played to a No Limit Texas Hold’em format, the Shootout is expected to attract many of the big international names in poker and will take place over a two day period. Players must win their tables in order to move on to the next round, as is typical in a shootout, and each contestant has a $5 000 bounty on his or her head. Adding to the excitement, Pokerstars has added $100 000 as a prize for the winner of the most bounties.
PokerStars Head of Global Events Jeffrey Haas says: "We want to try new things, different formats, and unique events that make our players happy. This is sure to be a hit with both our players and the people who watch on television."
The rules and payment schedules of the LAPT mean that each player who reaches the final table will pocket $50 000. After the final table is paid off, the remaining prize pool, less the bounties, will be awarded entirely to the winner. Arrangements are already in hand to televise and later screen the final tablke action.
This year is the NAPT's first outing, and it has so far done extraordinarily well; the Caribbean Adventure was the series' first stop and pulled in a main event field of 1 529 players, with the winner scooping up $2.2 million
Following the NAPT’s Venetian epic, the tournament series will travel east to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. NAPT Mohegan Sun takes place between April 7th and 11th and features a $5 000 buy-in, the same price tag as the Venetian Main Event.