Say Hello to the Senior Poker Tour in 2014Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Ryan
In what seems to be one of the more interesting creations in terms of online poker tournament series’ out there today, the announcement that we would have a new series called the Senior Poker Tour is one that should be interesting to watch for. While much of poker is focused in on the youngsters of poker, it’s important to note that the game of poker was really created by what we call the “old school players”. Poker has been around for quite a while now, and there’s a ton of players who have played for many, many years, which is why this new poker tour has been created.
This new poker tour is going to be specifically for players who are over the age of 50, and their first tournament is going to run later in January of this year. The inaugural stop for the tour will be in Tunica, MS at the Horseshoe Casino. The events are going to run from January 15th to January 19th. The five days of action are going to have a little bit of everything, with a wide range of different buy-in’s available for players. The players who are interested in playing smaller buy-in events will even have options available for them, and they’ll of course offer things a bit higher in buy-in’s as well.
The first day of tournaments will begin on the 15th, with the 14th being a day full of satellites into the Main Event. The 15th is going to feature four events to start, and while there will not only be Day 1A of the $550 SPT Championship Main Event, you can also find a $230 Omaha Hi/Lo event, as well as two different Texas Hold’em tournaments. On January 16th you can find quite a few different tournaments including H.O.R.S.E., Omaha, and a Bounty event as well. Then on the 17th is going to be the Day 1B for the Main Event, a Stud/Omaha mixed game, a normal Hold’em event, and a Six-Max Hold’em event. It all comes to an end on the 19th of the month when the Main Event final table will be played, as well as a H.O.R.S.E. tournament, a $230 No Limit tournament, and a Pot Limit Omaha event.
There is also a Senior Poker Tour Team, or the Team SPT, which will be made up of some of the best senior poker players in the game today. This includes Mark “P0kerH0” Kroon, Poker Hall of Famers Linda Johnson and Tom McEvoy, Susie Isaacs, Jan Fisher, and Marshal Waggoner. There have also been some things done so we can see a good number of players head to Tunica to play in the inaugural event by offering special room rates. Players can stay at Harrah’s for $30 per night from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday/ Saturday rates going up to $60. Those who are playing in the tournaments can stay at the Horseshoe with a Sunday-Thursday rate of $45, and a Friday/ Saturdayrate of $85. You can only book those rates through the Horseshoe’s poker room though.
Interestingly, the Senior Poker Tour is also looking towards their own National Championship. The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas hosts the Grand Poker Series during the summer, and the SPT National Championship is going to be on that schedule for this coming year. The tournament is going to have an $1,100 buy-in, and players are going to be able to satellite into the event as well through the different stops on the SPT’s schedule leading up to the event.
We’ve seen proof in the past that a Seniors type of tour could work out well, especially since back in 2012 there was a $1,000 Seniors’ Event at the World Series of Poker, and it drew in a huge number of players at 4128. The event was won by Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, and she brought home a nice pay day of $603,713. After that, the 2013 WSOP Seniors’ Event got even larger, drawing in 4407 players, with Ken Lind bringing home $634,809 for first place.
This will definitely be an interesting tour to watch, and when things kick off and we get the official numbers we’ll be sure to let you know how things officially end up going.