In accordance with our self-imposed Connecticut casino ban we did not make the trip to the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event. Inexplicably they decided to run the tournament without us.
It seems like years ago we first heard plans for the North American Poker Tour and now that it's finally up and running we can honestly say it was worth the wait. With lower buyins, and the PokerStars qualifier machine guaranteeing big fields and big prizes, this tour is shaping up to be something special.
They're almost done Day 1 over at the Mohegan Sun and 716 player in total registered. This is a $5k event which makes the $750,000 first place prize pretty impressive.
Check out the final table payouts.
Considering the last WPT event shipped less than $400k the NAPT is looking better and better.
The $5k buyin is key and it's in keeping with a trend we've been predicting for some time. $10k events just aren't sustainable. Lower buy-in events mean more participation and increased accessibility to a bigger slice of the poker world.
The 2010 WSOP schedule follows the same line. More smaller buy-in events and a bigger gulf between affordable events and truly elite events ($10ks and above).
Since we won't be at the Mohegan Sun there's only one place we'd send you for coverage, the PokerStars blog. They're okay, you can trust them.
Check back here daily for the really important stuff from the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event.