The World Poker Tour announced this week that the company’s televised events are now available to millions more players across Europe. Samsung TV Plus now offers the television show in nine key European markets.
“World Poker Tour content has always brought roller-coaster levels of excitement from world-class poker tournaments to TV screens around the world,” WPT Studios Vice President Johnny McMahon said in a news release. “We know we have passionate fans in Europe, who are the biggest winners here.”
Yet another streaming option for WPT
Launched in 2015, TV Plus is a free streaming service available on Samsung Smart TV owners. The app is available on select Galaxy smartphones and tablets in these European countries.
As the WPT heads toward its 20th anniversary in 2022, poker fans can watch Seasons 8-17 on the service. The agreement also includes archived live streams and specials.
Viewers can check out WPT Main Tour stops from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Paris. Alpha8 high roller programming is also included. That series features some of the highest buy-in events in the world.
Growing number of viewing options
The addition of Samsung TV Plus comes as the tour adds more streaming coverage in recent years. The company has its own WPT channel on Pluto TV and is also available on Xumo, IMDB TV, Roku, Vizio, Tivo+ and Vizio.
In 2020, the company reached a deal with ThetaTV, also giving the WPT a 24/7 channel on that platform as well. In all, the WPT is available on more than 30 streaming services around the world.
The company also reached a major deal with Mexico’s TV Azteca network in 2019. The network is available for free and reaches more than 95% of the Mexican market. That agreement also included expanding into other Latin American countries.
In the US, the company also continues airing its traditional television show on Bally Sports regional networks. The tour also continues to stream live tournament and cash game coverage on its own website as well its YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook channels.
“Our mission is to continually increase the number of ways in which poker enthusiasts can watch the World Poker Tour,” WPT executive director of ad sales and distribution Loc Sondheim said. “We have found a partner in Samsung that is able to help us do just that.”
Growth also continues in online poker
Along with promoting its own ClubWPT sweepstakes poker site, the company also continues to grow its online partnership with partypoker. The two brands have teamed up on numerous events since the pandemic began in 2020.
The WPTDeepstacks (WPTDS) Online Series is currently underway at partypoker and runs through Oct. 26. The series promises a wide range of events and buy-ins.
That includes a $1,100 Main Event with a $1 million guarantee. A few events have already wrapped up. The $215 Opener featured a $200,000 guarantee and brought in 1,125 entries. Russia’s Aleksandr Zhilin took the top spot for $37,047.
The WPTDS continues throughout the week with Main Event starting flights running through Oct. 25. Here’s a complete preview and schedule of the entire series.