DraftKings Partners with the World Poker Tour!
In an exciting move for the Daily Fantasy Sports industry, DraftKings has announced an official partnership between themselves and the World Poker Tour. The partnership will not only bring more poker players into DFS, but should allow some of the best DFS players to compete in high-stakes poker tournaments around the world. Many of the best fantasy players also have been/still are involved with poker, so this deal makes sense for both sides. Poker and DFS have a lot in common; it takes a high level of skill mixed with solid strategic analysis in order consistently win. In the short time since this news has been released, I think it’s safe to say DFS players are ecstatic to see what Draftkings has in store over the next few weeks.
Starting soon, you’ll be able to enter qualifiers on DraftKings for their first tournament package: The $10,000 Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas from December 5th-11th. More details on the qualifiers and prize package will be coming out soon but rest assured, the winner will receive quite the VIP experience. The guys at DraftKings plan to follow this with a qualifier once a month to a variety of the World Poker Tour Season 12 stops.
DraftKings will also be at the World Poker Tour Regional event at BestBet poker room in Jacksonville from November 15th-19th, and they hope that those of you in the area will try to make it out there that weekend. The news is still very fresh but there are plenty of details that will be on the way in the near future!
Here is a press release from the WPT:
Los Angeles, CA (November 5, 2013) – World Poker Tour® is pleased to welcome DraftKings as its newest sponsor, starting this month. This major sponsorship not only reflects the strength and growth of the WPT in recent years as it has dramatically expanded the number of live events it runs around the World, but also its record ratings on FOX Sports Network.
A fast-growing and industry-leading online fantasy sports site, DraftKings lets players enjoy the thrill of competition by offering the opportunity to participate in daily free and pay fantasy sports competitions for football, baseball, basketball, and hockey for the chance to win real cash and prizes.
As WPT’s exclusive daily fantasy sports site, DraftKings will be running live promotions and contests at domestic Main Tour stops for the remainder of Season XII, and will be hosting exciting parties for all World Poker Tour players at the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble and WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
“Fantasy sports players – like poker players – rely on a combination of skill and strategic analysis to be successful,” said WPT President, Adam Pliska. “DraftKings understands this, and we think our players are going to really enjoy the level of competition they’ll find playing in DraftKings’ daily fantasy tournaments.”
“DraftKings is very excited about partnering with the World Poker Tour. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports is a dream product for pokers players; it’s fun and easy to play, accessible, and strong analytical skills give you a decided advantage. We’re looking forward to showcasing our product to the poker community,” said Anthony Pitts, VP Marketing at DraftKings.