partypoker has named well-known poker personality John Duthie as president of its live events tour program as it continues its push towards reclaiming its position as a top online poker site.
Duthie founded the European Poker Tour (EPT) and served as its chief executive officer, building it into one of Europe’s leading live-poker series. Additionally he has worked for the erstwhile owner of PokerStars, the Rational Group. Duthie has signed a five-year contract with partypoker to lead their newly-established global live poker tour, partypoker LIVE.
In a statement Duthie said ,
I have been impressed with the progress of partypoker and in particular the number of trusted, experienced and well respected individuals and organizations who have chosen to put their support behind the partypoker brand. I believe there is a gap in the market for an operator whose primary focus is poker and who will listen to and work with the poker community, as this was something that was absolutely key to the growth and success of the EPT.
Duthie is also a long time poker player with over $3 million in live tournament winnings and has won the Poker Millions event in 2000. Highlighting his love for the game, Duthie said that this passion would help him in developing partypoker LIVE to become one of the largest and most fun poker tours in the world.
Under partypoker LIVE , a number of large tournaments in exotic locations worldwide will be held. LIVE events will have a minimum of 5 million guaranteed for a 5,000 buy-in, 1 million guaranteed for a 1,000 buy-in and finally 500,000 guaranteed for a 200 buy-in. The company plans to conduct a Day 1 online as well as a Day 1 live at the venue for all events.
While the popular partypoker Millions tournament with guaranteed pool prize of £6,000,000 will remain a core attraction, partypoker intends to introduce several other events within it for a full schedule of exciting tournaments.
The first launch under the banner will be the PartyPoker Million Sochi in Russia. Other LIVE events include two events at Playground Poker Club in Montreal — Grand Prix North America event and the PartyPoker Million North America. Other planned events are Grand Prix Austria, PartyPoker Million Germany and 1Grand Prix Cork (Ireland), Tom Waters, Managing Director for partypoker said that he was excited to have Duthie as a part of the team. Pointing out that very few had contributed to the world of poker as much as Duthie, Waters stated that Duthie’s wide experience and extensive relationships within the poker world was sure to be a great asset to partypoker.