Altoona, IA – September 9, 2013 – Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is partnering with BLUFF Magazine to identify its first Heartland MVP. A comprehensive point system designed by BLUFF will be used to rank players over ten days of cash events, qualifiers, satellites and a nationally-televised Main Event. A throwback to HPT’s Midwestern roots, Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel was chosen as the site of the tour’s first-ever MVP race. The Heartland MVP Series will take place October 18-27, 2013.
“We are excited to introduce this new honor in the midst of a record-breaking year for our tour,” said HPT Director of Operations Jen Mastrud. “Recognizing accomplished players is the best part of what we do.”
The player who racks up the most points over 10 days will be identified as the first Heartland MVP. The honor comes with a host of perks including national exposure, a qualifier buy in for HPT’s 2013 Championship Open with a 3-night hotel stay, and a custom-designed, handmade trophy from The House of Mulciber. The blown glass trophy is flame red and just over a foot tall on a granite base.
The BLUFF ranking system is structured to reward consistent success. The champion of the Main Event will not necessarily earn the MVP title. The champion will earn something special from HPT, however. HPT is offering one of their original champion’s jackets to the last person standing in the nationally-televised Main Event. Now retired, the popular jacket was awarded to each HPT champ in the first few seasons of the tour. It is embroidered with the HPT logo on the front and back along with the word that says it all: “champion.” HPT discontinued issuing the heavy jacket with leather sleeves years ago, but they’ll bring back the valuable prize exclusively for the MVP Series at Prairie Meadows.
Now in the midst of their ninth season, HPT has gained widespread popularity in part due to a new tournament structure designed by one of poker’s most-respected players, Daniel Negreanu. “The new structure is deep throughout,” said pro Allen Kessler, an HPT regular. “It provides more play than competing series and gives players fifty percent more starting chips. HPT got it right.”
HPT brings a full production set to each stop including a nine-handed Final Table custom built for TV. Each event produces two one-hour episodes that will be internationally syndicated to over 100 million homes throughout the United States, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
The cards hit the felt in the ten-day Heartland MVP Series on October 18, 2013 with the Main Event kicking off on October 25, 2013. Players can get a jump start on points by participating in early bird satellites and qualifiers every Saturday beginning September 14. Sit n Go satellites begin September 14, and run until October 26. Main event buy in is $1,650 and begins October 26. The Final Table will be played on October 28. For more information on this event, visit www.hptpoker.com