World Poker Tour: The Official Magazine has found a publisher in UK-based Future Publishing. Set to be the first magazine sponsored and sanctioned by the world famous World Poker Tour (WPT) brand, it is rumored to have scheduled the launch date for February 2006.
The monthly magazine will include featured WPT personalities and poker tips written by the WPT Academy. World Poker Tour: The Official Magazine will be circulated by Future in conjunction with their Online Gambling magazine, which is distributed to 350,000 readers.
World Poker Tour: The Official Magazine will have "total access to the biggest tournaments and best-known players," said Dom Beaven, publishing director of the magazine. "The official magazine will bring an insider's view of the Tour to poker enthusiasts and give them the tools to perfect their own game right from the pros they see on the WPT TV show."
The WPT has built up a large following in the United Kingdom following the high profile broadcast of the series on the new ITV4 digital channel. And, according to CEO of WPT Enterprises, Steve Lipscomb, the World Poker Tour has "big plans for 2006 in the UK." He continued, "Future's official title will bring all the thrills of our Tour to the UK's ever growing community of poker players."
Future Publishing also distributes the Official Xbox Magazine and PC Gamer.