The World Poker Tour (WPT) will launch a series of poker events in the Netherlands after signing an exclusive four-year agreement with Dutch state-owned operator Holland Casino.

The deal will see WPT hold an annual WPT Main Tour and WPT National event in the Netherlands until 2019.

It will be the first time the events are held regularly in the country after last year's inaugural WPT National event at Holland Casino Valkenburg.

The first tournament, WPT Amsterdam, begins on May 11th in Holland Casino's Venice of the North property, and features two starting flights and a buy-in of €3,300.

This will be followed by a second event on September 30th, the WPT National Valkenburg, featuring a €1,500 buy-in high roller tournament and a €750 buy-in main event.

Holland Casino chief executive Willem-Jan van den Djissel said he was delighted that the WPT Main Tour was coming to his company’s Amsterdam venue.

“After the first alliance for a WPT National in Valkenburg last year, it is the first time that the WPT Main Tour is in Holland, and therefore an important moment,” he explained. “WPT is one of the largest poker tours and a premier name in international poker.

"We are proud to host the tournament and are convinced that it will take poker to a higher level in the Netherlands.”

WPT president Adam Pliska added: “We are proud to announce our partnership with Holland Casino, and to bring both the WPT Main Tour and the WPT National Tour to two world-class properties in the Netherlands.

“The Dutch have a rich history in poker, including various final table appearances on the World Poker Tour, and we look forward to creating more memories with top professionals and aspiring players alike over the next four years,” he said.