PMU and WPT have signed a two year exclusive partnership with the National Tour visiting three major cities in 2014; Paris 17-20 April, Cannes 29 May-1 June and Marrakech 9-12 October. Le Croisette Casino Cannes, Cercle Clichy Montmartre Paris and Casino Es Saadi will each host the WPT Main Event with a €1200 buy-in and €750,000 guaranteed over the tour.
“The partnership between PMU and WPT has evolved from individual sponsored events to them becoming the sole sponsor of the WPT French National circuit.” said Neil Barrett, General Manager for WPT Europe. “This step changing commitment from PMU provides great marketing support with a national TV campaign in France and offers a compelling live and online experience to all the French players.”
“As the first French gaming site we are thrilled to become the exclusive sponsor of the WPT French National events.” Commented Stéphane Auffret, PMU’s Poker Marketing Director. “The WPT brand appeals to the professional and recreational players, by its strong reputation and prestige in the market. It not only adds quality to the events but also provides poker holiday destinations in prestigious venues. We are confident for the future success of the tour, commitment to the brand and ready to offer extensive online support.”
Kicking off the first leg of the WPT French National Tour is the inaugural stop at Cercle Clichy Montmartre, 17-20, April 2014. The historic games room in Paris was transformed in 1947 from a French braserie to a majestic card room. “Every poker player knows WPT is the quintessential poker experience.” said Poker Manager, Pascal Rolin. “It is our desire to meet these expectations and Cercle Clichy Montmartre is thrilled to welcome all players from Europe in a unique location stepping into Parisian history. Bienvenue à Paris!”
With a €250,000 guarantee the €1,200 WPT National Main Event is surrounded by a range of side events including the €150 WPTN Win The Button, the €220 WPTN 8-Max PLO and the €2,200 WPTN High Roller. Plus cash games are offered in €1/€2, €2/€4 and €5/€5. All PMU.fr WPT National Paris event information can be found here: http://bit.ly/M8737b
Cannes and Marrakech have seen previous WPT success in 2013. WPT Champions Club member Guillaume Darcourt took down the National title at Le Croisette in April 2013 with a first prize of nearly €90,000. The Moroccan jewel held the WPT National in October 2013 exceeding its €300,000 guarantee weeks before the event began and hosted the record breaking biggest field in a poker tournament ever held in Africa with 465 players. Check the WPT website shortly WPT National Cannes & Marrakech poker schedule.