The WPT Welcomes Steve Aoki as Ambassador, Releases Partial 2022 Schedule
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The Globe Poker Tour is welcoming a globally identified fashionista and music star to its team even though also releasing a partial schedule for the 2022 season that includes stops in Amsterdam and Australia.
Steve Aoki is joining the WPT as an ambassador. Aoki, 44, is a multi-award-winning electronic music producer, DJ, and fashion designer who “will play a pivotal function in guiding a full revamp of the WPT,” according to a press release. His eight.two million fans already know Aoki is a critical poker player who has appeared on “Poker Following Dark,” and who played in the 2021 WPT Heads-Up Poker Championship. He lost to Dan Smith in the initial round two-1.
“It’s such an honor to be joining the WPT household. I have watched and admired the WPT for many, a lot of years and to now be portion of the WPT family members it feels so surreal and I am extremely grateful,” Aoki said in a press release.
Based in Las Vegas, Aoki counts numerous poker pros as friends, like Phil Ivey. He frequently hosts poker games at his property between high-power shows that take him about the globe and attract thousands of fans.
any severe poker players out there? DM me and we can set up some games 🤑 pic.twitter.com/SCdyqGNAwk
— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) April 1, 2020
“Steve’s enjoy of poker and his dedication to inspiring other people to reside life to the fullest makes him the best WPT brand ambassador,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska in a press release. “We are honored to have him play an active role in our transformation and in the celebration of Globe Poker Tour’s 20th anniversary.”
The son of Rocky Aoki, the founder of the wildly-successful Benihana chain of Japanese restaurants, Aoki joins the WPT loved ones within a year of the firm being sold for $105 million to Element Partners.
Lance Bradley, WPT’s media make contact with, told CardsChat that particulars about the “revamp” will be coming in the next a number of months.
WPT releases partial 2022 schedule
The WPT also released a seven-occasion schedule that requires the tour to 3 continents by way of May possibly.
The final tables to all the tournaments will be streamed by way of WPT’s site, and two final tables will be filmed for Television broadcast — but not where the tournaments started.  Players who make the final tables in the major events of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and WPT Choctaw will finish the tournaments on stage at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor on Might 25 and 26.
The WPT kicks off the year at the Fortunate Hearts Poker Open, which began its slate of 83 events right now. The $3,500 Primary Occasion at Seminole Challenging Rock in Hollywood, Florida has a $2 million assure. Its initial of 4 beginning days starts Jan. 22. Last year’s tourney attracted 1,573 players with a assure of $1 million.
The Lucky Hearts Poker Open is one of the three massive get-in Major Events scheduled so far. The $three,500 Seminole Tough Rock Poker Showdown (April 8-12) and the $3,800 WPT Choctaw (May possibly 12-16) are the other two.
The WPT also scheduled 3 WPT DeepStacks events with smaller sized acquire-ins. The €1,200 DeepStacks Amsterdam takes spot at Holland Casino from March 29 to April 1, while the AUD $1,500 DeepStacks Sydney requires place at The Star Casino from April 7-11. The $1,500 DeepStacks Thunder Valley requires place at California’s Thunder Valley Casino from April 28 to May possibly 1.
Meanwhile, the ¥2,200 Spring Festival, an on the web occasion taking place on the Asian-facing Poker King web site, will take location Feb. 1-7.
A lot more events will be added as the year goes on.