Deaf Poker Tour (DPT)

October 14, 2022

In 2006, six deaf individuals formed the National Deaf Poker Tour. Their goal was to bring the best deaf players together as they all shared the same passion for the game of poker. The National Deaf Poker Tour’s first event took place in New Jersey. The tour was a success and it continued over the span of 11 years. 
In 2017, the founding members decided to sell the tour rights. The rights were purchased by Matt Erickson, Jay Levine and Dan Stoddard. The new owners rebranded the organization to what is known today as the Deaf Poker Tour (DPT). The tour is currently comprised of over 500 peers, ranging from 25 to 60 years old.

“It is our mission to provide professional poker for deaf and hard of hearing players in a casino environment. It allows them to use ASL (American Sign Language) freely on the tables where it’s not allowed otherwise when playing in any other events. The Deaf Poker Tour also preserves historical data of all events and winners since the takeover where they get recognized and carry bragging rights among their peers.”

“The Deaf Poker Tour acts as bridge between the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities. And the more people who get involved, the more we expose guests to poker then it’s a win-win for everybody.”

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