Daytona Property Secures Nationally-Televised Poker Tour


Daytona Beach, FL – (May 26, 2011) As poker’s popularity booms throughout Florida, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room is shuffling up to host a stop on the nationally-televised seventh season of Heartland Poker Tour this October.  Since opening a new high-tech facility with a fifty-table poker room in 2008, the complex has become a major entertainment destination on the Central Florida Coast.  HPT will film two episodes of the widely-distributed poker show at a tournament open to the public September 30 through October 9, 2011.


“The appetite for poker is reaching new heights in Florida,” said HPT President Todd Anderson, “Considering the spike in numbers we’ve seen at other HPT tournaments this year, we’re expecting a huge turnout for our first visit to the area.”  Since 2005, HPT has awarded over 28 million dollars throughout the United States.


Located near the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room will see a bump in business while the tour is in town, as will other businesses in the heart of Daytona. The event is projected to bring in an excess of a million dollars to the area through travel, lodging, food, and gaming expenses over ten days.  Records show players travel from at least twenty different states to play HPT tournaments. 


“This is an exciting opportunity for us to be the first to host this nationally-recognized tournament and bring poker players from around the world to Daytona Beach,” said Dan Francati, President and General Manager of DBKC.  “We look forward to building a strong partnership with the HPT organization during our multi-year contract.”

HPT invites poker enthusiasts to compete for a chance to play poker on TV and win “life-changing” money.  Because the buy-ins are reasonable and the prize money is substantial, HPT tournaments appeal to players at every skill level.   “We see Cinderella stories at every stop,” said HPT Executive Producer Greg Lang, referencing a 26-year-old player in Colorado who turned $340 into $191,000.  “Anyone can have a shot at that life-changing moment on a national stage,” he adds.


HPT programming can be seen in over 100 million homes, airing on hundreds of stations throughout the United States 52 weeks each year.  In addition, Heartland Poker Tour also airs in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. 


Qualifying rounds start September 30 for those who hope to win their way into the Main Event.  Players may also buy directly into the Main Event on October 8th, with play continuing until the field is reduced to six. The remaining six will participate in on-camera interviews and move to the HPT set, assembled on site, to compete for an expected six-figure first-place prize on October 9th.  Seats are available in the audience for anyone interested in viewing the taping.  Structures and schedules are available at