PokerStars’ North American Poker Tour (NAPT) is returning to the US, with the first stop set to take place in Las Vegas in a few weeks. PokerStars will be sending many players to compete at Resorts World via numerous online satellites, but those not able to attend will still get to experience what is likely to be a spectacular atmosphere thanks to live streams.
In today’s press release, the organizer has revealed the full live-streaming schedule, and fans worldwide will be happy to know that they will be able to watch the conclusion of the NAPT Main Event and the final table of the $5300 High Roller.
But this was not the only thing PokerStars revealed today. The operator took the opportunity also to announce the return of its hugely popular The Big Game show. As many of you will know, the show features five professionals and one amateur, dubbed “loose cannon,” who gets a single bullet and can keep all the profits after a certain number of hands.
However, the show is returning with a new image and will now be known as The Big Game on Tour, and things will kick off with qualifiers alongside the NAPT festivities.
PokerStars NAPT Las Vegas Streaming Schedule
|12:30 PST (15:30 EST)
|Main Event – Day 3
|13:00 PST (16:00 EST)
|Main Event – Final Table
|13:00 PST (16:00 EST)
|High Roller – Final Table
Best Parts of the NAPT Streamed Live
While PokerStars will be covering the NAPT in a variety of ways from start to finish, live streaming will kick in on November 10 with the penultimate day of the $1650 Main Event. The action will continue with the Main Event final table coverage on November 11 and wrap up on November 12 with the FT action from the $5300 High Roller event.
The stream will be available on the official PokerStars YouTube and Twitch channels, with commentary from the staple duo, James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. Popular commentators will be joined by a number of well-known players along the way, including the likes of Maria Ho, Nick Walsh, and Griffin Benger.
In addition to the English stream, a Brazilian-Portuguese broadcast will be available on the operator’s Brazilian channels and commentated by Felipe de Paulo and Flavio del Valle.
A Big Return of The Big Game
PokerStars will utilize the NAPT hype to achieve another goal and bring its popular show back to life. The Big Game is set to make a comeback under a similar but different name — The Big Game on Tour.
The popular show pitches one amateur (the loose cannon) against five professional players. The amateur is given a buy-in for a Hold’em cash game played in the pot-limit format before the flop and no-limit after the flop.
The loose cannon gets to keep anything over the initial buy-in after playing a predetermined number of hands, but they cannot take home any part of the original buy-in. This concept creates interesting dynamics and has helped the show become popular with the fans.
But how does one become a loose cannon? The new concept will allow all interested players to enter a satellite tournament on November 5 alongside the NAPT. These exclusive shootout tournaments will result in 20 finalists who will advance to the casting stage.
These 20 players will then undergo the audition in front of a panel of judges, and two of them will receive a $50,000 buy-in as the participants of the new season of The Big Game on Tour. PokerStars will then proceed to produce a series of 10 episodes to be aired in 2024.
The Hype for NAPT Growing by the Day
PokerStars is going all out with the return of NAPT, making the event increasingly more attractive as the date gets closer. Players in Las Vegas will not only get a chance to compete in a number of affordable tournaments and rub their elbows with poker legends but also take a shot at becoming the next loose cannon for the reimagined Big Game show.
For those who cannot make it out to the desert, the NAPT live streaming schedule will help you get at least a piece of the atmosphere, with streams running on November 11, 12, and 13, covering some of the most important moments, so make sure to tune in and follow along.