Twelve years ago John Duthie changed the poker world forever by creating the European Poker Tour, which later became the crown jewel of the PokerStars live tournament empire.
Now he’s headed to rival poker site partypoker where he’ll serve as the President for all live events for the next five years.
Duthie was very successful as a poker player and has over $3.2m in live tournament earnings but it was his former job as a TV director that helped propel him to success on the EPT.
Duthie Impressed with partypoker Brand
Duthie still sees plenty of room to grow and has ambitious plans for partypoker live.
“I have been impressed with the progress of partypoker and in particular the number of trusted, experienced and well respected individuals and organisations that have chosen to put their support behind the partypoker brand,” he said.
“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.
“I still love the game just as much as the first time I saw my first flop and I believe this passion will help partypoker LIVE become the largest and most fun poker tour in the world. I plan to enjoy myself immensely working with and meeting old friends.”
partypoker LIVE already stops scheduled to take place in Russia, Austria, Canada and Germany.
Here’s a complete look at the partypoker LIVE schedule:
Mar 23rd-27th partypoker Million Sochi [Sochi Casino & Resort] $1M GTE
Apr 6th-10th partypoker Grand Prix Austria [CCC Montesino] €500K GTE
Apr 18th-23rd partypoker MILLIONS [Dusk Till Dawn] £6M GTE [£5,300
Apr 25th–May 1st partypoker Grand Prix Canada [Playground] CA$500K
GTE [CA$220 buy-in]
April 27th–May 1st partypoker Grand Prix Germany [Kings Casino]
€500k GTE [€225 buy-in]
May 5th–10th partypoker Million North America [Playground] CAD$5M GTE
June 1st – 5th partypoker Million Germany [Kings Casino] €1M GTE