The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) yesterday announced it will be hosting its Texas Hold'em tournaments exclusively at Indian casinos across the United States to benefit the North American Indigenous Games, which celebrate the sport and culture of indigenous peoples across North America. The STPT is expected to publish a full list of scheduled events in the coming weeks.
"With the immense popularity of poker, it was a natural for us to join forces with the Small Town Poker Tour to raise much needed funding for this noble cause," stated Gene Keluche, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Native American Sports Council.
Mark Fracalossi, Executive Producer of the STPT added, "This is what the STPT is all about - a great game and great causes. In Canada the games are funded by the government, but in the U.S. they rely solely on private funding from individuals and participating tribes."
The 2006 North American Indigenous Games will take place July 2-9, 2006, in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado. It will offer competition in 16 sports for athletes of all abilities between the ages of 13 and 22. Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 athletes and 40,000 to 50,000 family members and spectators are expected to participate in the 8-day event.
Hailed as the world's largest amateur poker series, the STPT has launched a global search for the world's best amateur poker player. In recent months, STPT representatives have been spotted scouting locations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
The Small Town Poker Tour will feature a cross-country search for the host nation's best amateur poker player. Slated to be filmed for a debut television series in the United States this year, the production will focus on the tour's "small town flavor," with No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament finals played out in casinos and the remainder of the tour consisting of back road poker playing.
All money raised by the tour will be donated to local charities. At the end of the series, all regional winners will come together in a cash and prize-filled season finale naming the Small Town Poker Champion.
Please see www.smalltownpokertour.com for further details.