Great American Poker Challenge Smashes Records in Debut

The first ever Great American Poker Challenge featured 750 participants and awarded over $200,000 in prize pools.

Raleigh, NC, November 21, 2013 --( In its debut event, the Great American Poker Challenge lived up to its billing by hosting 750 of America’s most die-hard poker players for seven days of great poker and great parties on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Great American Poker Challenge (GAPC) promoted $150,000 in guaranteed cash payouts, but far exceeded that number when well over $200,000 was claimed at the tables. The three largest of those prizes all came during the $50,000 guaranteed GAPC National Championship, when prizes of $20,000 (Paul Seeley, Massachusetts), $10,000 (Mike Walsh, Massachusetts), and $5,000 (John Grausam, New Jersey) were claimed by the top three players of that event. The event featured 460 entrants, with the top 20 receiving prize money

The buzz began on Friday, November 1st, when the Early Strikers Tournament featured 280 players, making it the largest tournament in Las Vegas. This would prove to be a trend, as the GAPC featured the largest field of poker tournament entries in Las Vegas for seven consecutive days.

The largest tournament of the event was the World Tavern Poker Tournament of Champions, in which 490 players competed for a $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event seat. After a hard-fought battle, the prize was ultimately claimed by Dave Tremblay of New Jersey. In a joyous post-victory display, Tremblay exclaimed that he had “been waiting a long time for this!”

Other notable tournaments were the Tag Team Tournament (262 players) and the $20,000 Guaranteed Player’s Championship, in which 294 players bought in for $125 and Allen Keigur of Kernersville, NC took the grand prize of well over $4,000. The event also featured a $10,000 Guarantee with a buy-in of just $85 and a $15,000 Guarantee with a buy-in of just $100.

Overall, the event exceeded its lofty expectations in both tournament seats and prize. In addition, the response to the GAPC from players traveling to Las Vegas from all over the country was universally outstanding. For more information, contact Derek Levandowski at World Tavern Poker.
Great American Poker Challenge
Derek Levandowski