John Duthie, the founder and former CEO of the European Poker Tour (EPT), has agreed a five-year deal to become President of partypoker’s new poker tour, partypoker LIVE.
The new live global tour was only announced in January of this year. As a poker player, Duthie has over $3.2 million in live tournament winnings and won the inaugural Poker Million in 2000. Originally a TV director, he founded the EPT in 2004.
Duthie commented: “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.
“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 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.”
Tom Waters, MD of partypoker, added: “We are thrilled that John has joined us at the beginning of this journey. Very few people in the world have made such a significant contribution to poker and his experience, relationships and understanding of players will be a huge asset to us.
“Our guarantees are ambitious, but our marketing strategy is to provide value to players instead of investing money outside of the poker community. We are confident that with John’s guidance we can optimise this strategy for the benefit of the live poker market.
“partypoker LIVE will offer a minimum of 5M GTD for 5K buy-in, 1M GTD for 1K buy-in and 500K GTD for 200 buy-in and we plan to visit as many continents and countries as possible. All events will feature at least one Online Day 1 for players who have limited time to spend away from home or simply wish to reduce their expenses.”