Next Level Revives Failed Midwest iNinja Poker Tour
Poker players in the Midwest have no shortage of national tours to choose from throughout the year. The WSOP Circuit, Mid-States Poker Tour and Heartland Poker Tour all pass through the region, but that Next Level Poker Tours feels like there is room for one more. The company revived the failed iNinja Poker, according to a presser released last week.
The ninja-themed poker tour saw brief success in 2016 hosting events at a low price point. The tour was launched by Issac “Rungood” Tucker in Minnesota, then spread to Iowa before fizzling out by 2017.
More than a year after Tucker officially shut down iNinja Poker, one of the tour’s former sponsored pros, WSOP bracelet winner Chirs “Fox” Wallace, turned up to purchase the brand name. With the help of two other investors, Wallace formed Next Level Poker Tours, LLC to revive what he called the most fun poker tour he has ever seen.
Wallace sang high praises of the former low-stakes poker tour that reached around 1,000 players at its height. He described it as fast-growing and “incredible,” despite its small numbers and controversial closure. He promoted the tour’s future, saying they plan to stick to the lower price point the tour offered when it was active in 2016.
iNinja is not the only low-stakes poker tour seeking success through a start in the Midwest. The Poker Is Fun Tour, a mix of traditional format with charity fundraising, launched last year and is still running. Buy-ins start at $185, and the prize pools are often small with around 100 players per event.