The World Poker Tour is set to produce a new special entitled Fathers and sons. The poker tournament will include famous poker fathers Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, and Dick Van Pattern with their sons, vying for family pride and a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship.
The father and son poker tournament will have a total of six duos, but the pairs will act as one player. The players will start out with $250,000 in tournament chips a team, with the sons kicking off the play.
Anytime during the game, the fathers may interrupt or “tag” their sons, to show them how they should be playing the game, even in the middle of a hand.
While the fathers and sons might be vying for family pride for the most part of the event, in the end they will be fighting for personal pride. The twist in this exciting new tournament is, in the end, the last remaining father and son team will face each other.
“We wanted to create a unique special that would bring a fun and emotional perspective to poker playing families,” said Robyn Moder, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of the WPT. “Millions of Americans engage in weekly family poker matches and pride is often the biggest stake in the prize pool. What better way to show our viewers how the pros handle the pressure.”
The WPT Fathers and Sons Tournament will air on the Travel Channel on June 17, 2007, Father’s Day.