STPT kicks off Amateur Poker Championship in Louisiana

The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) will start off round one of its 2006 Amateur Championships July 29 at the Atrium Hotel in Monroe, La. The tournament will offer a prize pool of more than $10,000 and a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Gift Card plus a seat at the STPT World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas.

The tournament is open to poker players from around the world. The top state finisher as well as the event winner will move on to the championship event.

"We're eager to bring this event to Louisiana," said Mark Fracalossi, STPT executive producer. "Poker is a great sport and I can't wait to see the talented players we find in the south. We want our events to be affordable, so the average player can get the big time event experience without the cost, plus raise as much as possible for the local charities."

The buy-in for the event is $50 plus a $10 registration fee. In addition to the prizes, the event will give back to the community. Proceeds from the tournament will help the host charity, the Monroe Lions Club, benefit the Uniformed Law Officers of Ouachita Parish, La.

This event kicks off the STPT's American leg of the quest for the number one amateur poker player in the world. At the end of the series, regional winners from all over the world will come together to compete in the STPT World Amateur Championships for the grand prize and the title of the Small Town Poker Champion.

People interested in participating can register for the event online at or buy tickets at the Atrium Hotel or from any Monroe Lions Club member.

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