John Duthie Leaves EPT after Seven Years
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John Duthie announced that he has resigned from the post of CEO for the European Poker Tour, also known as the EPT. The tournament was founded by Duthie in 2004. In the following years, the EPT became a rage in the European poker circuit, making it one of the most celebrated and richest poker events. Duthie stated that he is confident that after he leaves, the tour will still be in the hands of people who are capable of managing it efficiently. Edgar Stuchly will take over as CEO of the tour. He is credited with being the creator of the Casinos Austria Poker Tour (CAPT).
Duthie was an Integral Part of EPT’s Growth
Duthie has been associated with the EPT for seven years. In that time, he has seen the tour grow. He attributes the success to the enthusiasm of the game’s fans and the participation and support of the professional players in the poker circuit. According to Duthie, in 2012, the game of poker will get a few lucrative opportunities. One of the key reasons for this is the impetus the game has received after the Department of Justice clarified that the Wire Act did not apply to poker.
If online poker gets legalized, the market for it in the US will grow. Several online and offline casino operators are already gearing up to get licenses and offer their products to players in the US. Duthie said that when this happens, he wants to be able to take on the opportunities and establish new relationships in the field of poker.
8th Season of EPT to Feature Two More Events
Duthie was able to transform the EPT into a massive event by joining hands with one of the leading online poker rooms. This helped the tour grab the spotlight in the area of offline events. It was able to compete against some of the poker tours that had established themselves in the poker world prior to the launch of the EPT.
By the end of the 8th season of the EPT, it will have hosted twelve tournaments across the world, in ten countries. Two events have been scheduled for 2012. One is the ongoing PokerStars Caribbean Adventure scheduled to go on till the middle of January. The other is the EPT Deauville, which is set to take place in France from the 31st of January to the 6th of February.