On July 25th, 2008, marked the final day of the 2007-2008 season of the National Deaf Poker Tour. The Venetian casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The casino played host to the last of the four poker stops of the 2007-2008 season of the NDPT. The Venetian leg of the tour consists of 4 poker events like the $200 buy-in cost Main Event.
The Main Event was only open to players that are deaf but the remaining three poker events welcomed interpreters and poker players who are studying sign language. The NDPT's objective is not only to grant hearing impaired poker players the opportunity to play, but to make an event where all poker players can talk freely with one another.
Around 136 players participated for the Main Event, which featured a $20,672 cash pool. Jonathan Collins and Matthew Erickson played in the heads-up showdown and decided to divide the remaining money, nearly $6,000 each. The NDPT was made in 2006 by six hearing impaired poker players; James Rydstrom, Joey Seifner, Nathan Montoya, Jarrod Musano, Alok Doshi and Andy Foster. The group launched the inaugural NDPT event at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Jarrod Musano said that their events are based on a point system.
The main objective is to discover the best deaf players in the world and send them to the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour to represent their group. The NDPT will send their top three poker players from the 2007-2008 season to the World Series of Poker or any World Poker Tour event that they want. Prize packages worth $2,000, $1,000 and $750 will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
08/05/2008 04:34 PM