The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) will be screening original episodes at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention on January 24, 2006, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference is staged annually as a forum for TV show creators to have their projects viewed, and hopefully picked up, by attending TV producers and executives.
According to Mark Fracalossi, executive producer of the STPT, "The big networks are there, the big companies are there, and they're looking for content." He further stated, "NATPE seems to be the best place to showcase the tour and show. We feel the exposure we get will be good and lead to the right placement of the show."
The STPT will feature a cross-country, 50-state, search for the nation's best amateur No-Limit Hold'em poker player. The production will focus on the tour's "small town flavor," with 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.
"We are going to take poker back to where it all started," Fracalossi said. "Everyone views the shows now with their high stakes, and flashy sets, but the roots of poker games can be found in every small town in the USA." The show will add a new grass roots look to the nation's fastest growing card game, Texas Hold'em. "Our goal is to make this a fund raising machine for the towns we visit," Fracalossi said.
The STPT is considered the world's largest amateur poker tour, and has been generating a lot of press in recent months due to the announcement of upcoming tours in Europe, Australia, and Canada. The series will begin filming its flagship season in the United States this winter, and plans to broadcast the tour to international audiences on television networks across the world.
To nominate your town or another location for The Small Town Poker Tour, please see www.smalltownpokertour.com.