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PokerStars, NAPT Pull Out of L.A.
PokerStars and the fledgling North American Poker Tour has hit another snag in the United States.
Just days before the start of its latest Los Angeles event, PokerStars and the NAPT has pulled out.
The March 5-12 event at the Bicycle Casino will proceed as planned, but not as a NAPT event and without PokerStars branding.
"The NAPT and the Bicycle Casino reached the voluntary decision to hold the event without branding after constructive discussions with California gaming regulators," says a statement from Global Poker Tours Ltd. managing director Jeffrey Haas released on the Two Plus Two Poker Forums.
The event at the Bike is now being branded "The Big Event" and although the main event will continue as planned, it will no longer be filmed for ESPN.
"Live At The Bike" will host a webcast of the event while the planned Bounty Shoot Out will still be filmed for ESPN March 10-12.
Haas said all the planned side events will go on, his event team will be there to provide support and guidance and all activities around the event will go ahead as well.
Online qualifiers will have the option to defer their buy-in to a future NAPT event.
Last February, the NAPT made its first stop in the United States at the Venetian in Las Vegas drawing 872 players.
However, the tour has not returned to Las Vegas amid the same legal concerns in Nevada that have appeared to rear their head in California.
The NAPT Mohegan Sun stop planned for April 9-13 in Uncasville, Connecticut will go ahead, but is now the only NAPT event scheduled.