World Poker Tour Enterprises (WPTE) has announced May 2006 as the launch date for Season 2 of the Professional Poker Tour (PPT). No broadcasting company has been confirmed as the official outlet of the PPT yet, though WPTE has admitted to conducting negotiations with World Poker Tour (WPT) outlet The Travel Channel.
The PPT will pit select professional poker players against one another in invitational tournaments with huge pots and big action. Extensive qualification guidelines are in place to ensure that players invited to compete are strictly la crème de la crème of the professional poker playing world. No amateurs or semi-pros will be featured on the PPT, which aired its five-episode first season during the WPT last year.
The future of the PPT's second season has been the source of much controversy and speculation due to a law suit filled by WPTE against The Travel Channel for breach of contract and intentional interference in September. WPTE claims that The Travel Channel unlawfully interfered with third party negotiations to broadcast the PPT.
Regardless, both firms assert that they are committed to continuing to develop the World Poker Tour (WPT) franchise together. The WPT television series is ranked as the most successful show ever broadcast on The Travel Channel and is credited with having sparked the current poker boom.