It won’t take deep pockets for poker players to play with deep stacks of chips in the WPTDeepStacks Tour that takes place Aug. 20-30 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
Now in its second season, WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS) is making its first appearance in Reno. The WPTDS is a partnership between the established World Poker Tour and the newer and fast-growing DeepStacks Poker Tour that focuses on mid-major cities and attracting the millennial generation’s poker players.
“Poker players like action,” said Keith Dames, poker room manager at the Atlantis. “WPTDeepStacks helps bring a younger demographic to poker in the way it promotes itself. They send a full production crew ahead of time to each city on the tour, and embrace the city as a whole. They’re very active in social media and basically marry the tourney to the city by showing all the area has to offer the players when they’re in town.”
Reno is the 11th stop on the 16-city tour that culminates with the $500,000 championship main event that takes place Dec. 3-7 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Canada.
The WPTDS has a sizeable following of players that attend each stop on the tour in hopes of winning Player of the Year honors. Each stop offers the opportunity for players to earn POY points.
The highlight of the Reno tour is the $200,000 GTD No-Limit Texas Hold’em main event that begins at noon Aug. 28.
The buy-in is $1,000 plus $100. Players receive 25,000 in tourney chips and blinds increase every 40 minutes. The WPTDS is known for its larger starting stacks and longer blind-level increase times, which makes the games more player-friendly, Dames said.
The main event concludes on Aug. 30.