The North American Poker Tour (NAPT) from PokerStars is back!

Over a decade later, the NAPT is starting its third season. The first stop on the NAPT 2023-24 will be at Resorts World in Las Vegas, NV, in November 2023.

We have put together everything you need to know about what PokerStars has planned for the NAPT in 2023 and our predictions for 2024.

In this guide, we cover:

  • What to expect at the NAPT Las Vegas stop number one
  • The NAPT past and present.
  • The NAPT Las Vegas 2023 schedule.
  • What NAPT Las Vegas events to watch out for.
  • If online qualifiers will run for the NAPT and in which markets.
  • PokerStars’ Online Championship series running just in North America, NACOOP.
  • A recap of the Summer Series that played out in Philly this past summer.
  • All your NAPT frequently asked questions answered.

What is the North American Poker Tour (NAPT)?

The North American Poker Tour, or NAPT as it is more commonly known, is a live poker tour run by online poker operator PokerStars in North America.

The tour abruptly ended twelve years ago with the advent of Black Friday. Now picking up where it left off, the NAPT will return for its third season, offering players the chance to take part in a PokerStars NAPT live event for the first time in over a decade. The first stop on the third season of the tour has been announced — it will take place at Resorts World in Las Vegas, NV, in November 2023.

NAPT Las Vegas

The NAPT is making its triumphant return after a 12-year hiatus.

Kicking things off in Las Vegas in November 2023, PokerStars has chosen the iconic Resorts World Las Vegas as the perfect setting for the first stop of the 2023 NAPT. There will be High Roller, Super High Roller, and Mystery Bounty events, a PokerStars Cup, and a Main Event for players to choose from.

NAPT Las Vegas 2023 Schedule Highlights

Event Buy-In When
NAPT Main Event $1,650 November 6 to 11
NAPT NLH Super High Roller $10,300 November 5 to 6
NAPT NLH PokerStars Cup $550 November 9 to 12
NAPT NLH High Roller $5,300 November 10 to 12
NAPT NLH Mystery Bounty $1,100 November 11 to 12

The Main Event will take place between November 6 to 11. There will be six Day 1 flights, allowing players their chance to get a seat at the table.

Side events are also expected, but those details are currently still under lock and key. To date, Las Vegas is the only stop announced on the tour, but we expect PokerStars to announce more dates for the tour before the year is out. We will update this page with all the latest information as soon as it becomes available to us.

PokerStars North American Poker Tour 2023: Stop 1 – Las Vegas
📅 2023 NAPT Las Vegas: DatesNovember 4 – 12, 2023
🎰 2023 NAPT Las Vegas: VenueResorts World Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, US
🎪 2023 NAPT Las Vegas: Scheduled EventsMain Event, PokerStars Cup, High Roller, Super High Roller & Mystery Bounty
💰 2023 NAPT Las Vegas: Buy-Ins$550 to $10,300
🗽 Years Since Last PokerStars NAPT Ran in US12

NAPT 2023-2024: Predictions

Will the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) be part of the NAPT in 2024?

So far, PokerStars has only revealed details around the first stop in Vegas for the NAPT return. But, as this is a tour and not a stand-alone event, we expect 2024 to be peppered with more stops in North America as part of this brand resurgence.

PokerStars classifies North America to include the Caribbean and Canada, so could a stop in the newly minted Ontario online poker market and a stop in the Caribbean be in the cards for next year?

Our prediction will be that, as per prior tours, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) that takes place in the Bahamas annually in January could now sit within the NAPT brand.

However, PokerStars usually announces the PCA stop by now (September) — and as the operator remains tight-lipped, there may be an outside chance the PCA will be on ice until 2025.

Could the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) be welcomed back into the NAPT Brand?

PokerStars’ Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is one of the longest-running tours in the poker world and, between 2010 and 2011, sat within the NAPT brand as the first stop on the tour. It has had its ups and downs, though.

The series made its debut in 2004 on a cruise ship, and from 2005 to 2022, it took place in the Atlantis Casino & Resort on Paradise Island, kicking off traditionally every January.

In between that time during 2019 to 2022, PokerStars canned the event putting the PCA on ice with it unclear if the brand had been retired or that only its run at the Atlantis was over.

That doubt was cleared last year when the operator announced the return of PCA and PSPC in 2023 in the Bahamas in a brand new location. The PCA is now found at the luxurious Baha Mar in Nassau in the Bahamas.

“This is definitely a better venue for sure,” the poker live streamer well-known by his moniker “tonkaaaa” aka PokerStars Team Pro member Parker Talbot told pokerfuse earlier this year. “I always liked the Atlantis; I did enjoy it. I also went one time outside of the [PCA], but this is a much nicer venue.”

Over its nearly two-decade of history, the 17 editions of PCA Main Event have produced $137.5 million in prize pools and racked up total entry figures of 15,823. The winners of the Main have taken home over $25 million.

With no schedule released for the 2024 PCA installment, we think that it will top the NAPT billing for 2024, returning to the tour as part of PokerStar’s efforts of re-entering the North American market with gusto.

Could the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) also be part of the NAPT?

It is highly unlikely that the PSPC will take place in 2024 and, therefore, will not be a part of the 2023-24 NAPT. This is because PokerStars spends the better part of a year getting poker players to qualify for the PSCP via its Platinum Pass promotion — which covers the $25,000 entry fee, accommodation, and spending money.

At the time of writing, with only four months to go until the end of the year and what would be the start of the PSPC, no such promotions are in place — so it’s hard to imagine PokerStars will suddenly announce a PSPC this year.

If it were to return, we predict it won’t be until 2025 at the earliest.

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NAPT 2023-2024: Predictions

The landscape in 2023 looks very different from what it did in 2011 when the last NAPT took place. Today, PokerStars operates in the regulated US markets of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey. As such, live stops in these states can be expected.

Already this year, PokerStars has run a live poker event at the Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the grand US return of its Summer Series. A stop at Live! in Philly could definitely be expected for 2024.

PokerStars has land-based partners in Michigan with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians — who own a casino called the Odawa Casino, which is affiliated with the Resorts Hotel and Casino in New Jersey — so stops at both these casinos might also be in the cards.

Stops elsewhere in the US could be likely — with PokerStars following the path seen on the Moneymaker Tour in 2019 that stopped in eleven locations across the entirety of the US. The stops that formed part of the Road to PSPC promotion in 2022 would also indicate that stops in Philly are highly likely.

  • PCA to schedule first NAPT stops in 2024. PSPC to be left on the shelf.
  • Live stop in Pennsylvania. Possibly at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.
  • NAPT stop in Michigan, possibly at Odawa Casino, in partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
  • A live stop in New Jersey at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
  • Other stops in the US could mimic the Moneymaker Tour that ran in 2019.
  • Possible stop in Ontario, although this seems more of a reach as prior events involved a small venue within a convention center.

The NAPT History

Back in 2010, the NAPT debuted with stops in the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Connecticut, and Los Angeles.

The events on the 2011 NAPT were as follows:

  1. Paradise Island, the Bahamas: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)
  2. Paradise Island, the Bahamas: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) High Roller
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada, US: NAPT Venetian
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada, US: NAPT Venetian High Roller Bounty Shootout
  5. Uncasville, Connecticut, US: NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout:
  6. Los Angeles, California, US: NAPT Los Angeles

Season 2 was scheduled to run throughout 2011, but only a January stop in the Bahamas and an April stop in Connecticut were successfully completed:

  1. Paradise Island, the Bahamas: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
  2. Uncasville, Connecticut, US: NAPT Mohegan Sun

NAPT Mohegan Sun ran for five days, concluding on April 13, 2011 — just two days before Black Friday on April 15.

Could the NAPT become a flagship brand sitting alongside the European Poker Tour (EPT) and Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT)?

PokerStars is known for its live poker brands that run under the PokerStars Live umbrella, such as the European Poker Tour (EPT) and Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), which take place each year. Each tour now holds iconic status within the poker community with its reputation as a must-play live poker event.

For the upcoming EPT Prague, Unibet brand ambassador David Lappin says, “PokerStars have always put on excellent events there and seem to break records almost every year. “

EPT Prague has been a staple of the end-of-year poker calendar since 2007, with over €60 million in Main Event prizes distributed between then and 2021.

“Prague in December is a jewel in the poker tourn crown,” PokerStars Ambassador Ben Spragg added. “A city that softens the blow of busting out of your favorite EPT event better than almost anywhere else. In particular, in December, the winter weather and festive mood add even more charm to one of Europe’s most historic locations. Goulash, poker, architecture, Christmas markets, and time with friends… EPT Prague is a must-play stop!”

For a look at all PokerStars Live stops in 2023 around the globe, check out our in-depth player guide »

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NAPT Online Qualifiers

We expect PokerStars to soon reveal online satellites for the NAPT stop in Las Vegas across its networks. Although online qualifiers are not currently running, we know that winners of PACOOP and USCOOP will receive a Gold Pass, which awards Main Event and High Roller entry to the NAPT.

The five markets we can expect online qualifiers to go live in include:

  1. Pennsylvania, US
  2. Michigan, US
  3. New Jersey, US
  4. Ontario, Canada
  5. Dot-com / International market / ROW

It is also yet to be confirmed if the operator will use its newly minted qualifier route, PokerStars Power Path, to help get players to Vegas to attend the NAPT.

Check out our in-depth guide for all things Power Path »

North American Championship of Online Poker (NACOOP): How It Relates to the NAPT

So, it may not be a live event, but the North American Championship of Online Poker (NACOOP) is about to drop, and it is a pretty big deal.

The first-ever NACOOP is making its debut across Ontario, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

The series will run in three distinct regulated online poker markets from September 15 to October 2, 2023.

2023 NACOOP: At a Glance

Series Jurisdiction Shared Liquidity Site No. of Events Total Guarantee
PACOOP Pennsylvania, US No PokerStars PA 19 $2,500,000 GTD
USCOOP Michigan & New Jersey, US Yes PokerStars MI & NJ 19 $3,000,000 GTD
ONCOOP Ontario, Canada No PokerStars Ontario 17 $1,500,000 ($2M CAD) GTD

The 2023 NACOOP Championships will include a total of 89 events, with every market featuring a $300 Main Event and a $50 Mini Main Event. Across all markets, over $6 million is guaranteed in prize money.

There will be 19 events in Pennsylvania and Michigan/New Jersey and 17 events in Ontario, all awarding real NAPT trophies.

PACOOP and USCOOP Main Events winners will receive a “Vegas Gold Pass” worth $20,300. Including the Main Event buy-in, the Gold Pass covers players with a seat at the NAPT High Roller event and grandstand tickets for the upcoming Formula 1 race in Las Vegas.

Vegas Gold Pass Package

  • Seat in the $5,300 NAPT Las Vegas High Roller (November 10-12)
  • 3-day pass for two (November 16-18) for the Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan Experience in Las Vegas
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation for two (November 10-19) at Resorts World Las Vegas, including taxes and resort fees
  • $4,000 towards flights and expenses

PokerStars NACOOP 2023: Key Details

  • Three separate series running September 15 to October 2, 2023
    • ONCOOP running in Ontario
    • PACCOP running in Pennsylvania
    • USCOOP running in Michigan/New Jersey
  • 19 events in PACOOP and USCOOP and 17 in ONCOOP
  • Over $6 million guaranteed across all markets.
  • Trophies for Main Event and Leaderboard winners.
  • $300 Main Event and $50 Mini Main Event in every market.
  • Packages to the NAPT Las Vegas High Roller are available for NACOOP Main Event winners.

PokerStars USCOOP 2023 Schedule Highlights

Date Tournament Buy-In GTD
September 20 $250 USCOOP PLO Championship $250 $30,000
September 29 $100 USCOOP Heads Up Championship $100 $20,000
October 1 $300 USCOOP Main Event $300 $350,000
October 1 $50 USCOOP Mini Main Event $50 $60,000
October 1 $2500 USCOOP High Roller Championship $2500 $150,000
October 2 $200 USCOOP 8-Game Godfather Championship $200 $25,000

PokerStars PACOOP 2023 Schedule Highlights

Date Tournament Buy-In GTD
September 20 $250 PACOOP PLO Championship $250 $30,000
September 29 $100 PACOOP Heads Up Championship $100 $17,500
October 1 $300 PACOOP Main Event $300 $250,000
October 1 $50 PACOOP Mini Main Event $50 $50,000
October 1 $2500 PACOOP High Roller Championship $2500 $150,000
October 2 $200 PACOOP 8-Game Godfather Championship $200 $25,000

PokerStars North American Poker Tour FAQ

What is NAPT, and when does it run?

NAPT stands for North American Poker Tour — it is a tour of live poker events run by PokerStars, taking place across North America. Past stops have included Las Vegas, Connecticut, and the Bahamas. The first stop of the 2023-24 NAPT takes place from November 4 to 12, 2023.

Where does the NAPT 2023-24 take place?

The inaugural 2023 NAPT stop will take place at Resorts World Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, in the USA.

Are there online qualifiers for the NAPT?

Currently, there are no online qualifiers running for the NAPT. However, winners of PACOOP and USCOOP, which take place online, will award winners with NAPT Main Event and High Roller entry.

Has the NAPT 2024 schedule been released?

No. At the time of writing, the first stop in Las Vegas, ahead of the Formula 1 stop in November, is scheduled. However, we predict stops in the Caribbean, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan will all be announced soon.

Will the PCA be part of the NAPT?

PokerStars has no word yet on this, but as the PCA was traditionally part of the NAPT schedule, we expect it to be included in 2024. The PCA has not been announced at the time of writing — it may be that the operator wants the Las Vegas event to happen before announcing any more stops.

Will the PSPC be part of the NAPT in 2024?

Again, no word from PokerStars on this, but we think this is highly unlikely.

What events are there during the NAPT Las Vegas 2023-2024?

  • NAPT Main Event
  • NAPT NLH Super High Roller
  • NAPT NLH PokerStars Cup
  • NAPT NLH High Roller
  • NAPT NLH Mystery Bounty

What is NACOOP?

NACOOP stands for the North American Championship of Online Poker — an umbrella term encompassing ONCOOP, PACOOP, and USCOOP, which run in Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey/Michigan, sharing the same player pool.

When does NACOOP take place?

NACOOP takes place from September 15 to October 2, 2023, in all markets.

Are there online qualifiers for NACOOP?

Online qualifiers are running in respective markets: Ontario, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey for NACOOP from $1 to $60.

What are the guarantees for NACOOP 2023?

USCOOP is guaranteeing $3 million. PACOOP is guaranteeing $2.5 million. ONCOOP guarantees $1.5 million or $2 million CAD.

What is the Vegas Gold Pass package?

The Vegas Gold Pass package grants winners of NACOOP entry into the NAPT Main Event and High Roller events

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