America’s Poker Tour is the newest televised poker tour. Created by Fred Bevill and Derek Melicher (both formerly of HPT), America’s Poker Tour is a low buy-in, high excitement event that spans across the entire US. From the busiest poker rooms in the country to your local casino, this is your chance at money, fortune, and fame!
At $1100, America’s Poker Tour is the lowest buy-in amount that offers players an opportunity to appear on a televised final table. Satellites into the Main Event are also offered to give players a chance to advance starting at just $90. These inexpensive price points allow everyday poker players the opportunity to play under the lights on a televised stage for big money without having to invest a large amount of cash.
This isn't your “normal” poker show. The days of simply showing hand after hand until a winner is determined are behind us. The fun, excitement, and characters that emerge from each event are showcased!
Grab a friend and find an event near you! You could be the next America’s Poker Tour champion!
"Fred Bevill embodies the energy and excitement that America’s Poker Tour brings to the property through his interaction with our guests. He understands the importance of having an approachable recognizable representative of the tour that our guests can meet and get to know. He is the face of America’s Poker Tour that our guests come out to see, and he is what they remember after the tour departs." –Ben Erwin, Director of Poker Operations at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA
As an internationally touring stand-up comedian, Fred is no stranger to the stage. His infectious personality and smile make every event come to life! Fred has been a fan favorite for ten years on the poker scene. He hates to admit it but he can also add to his resume acting appearances on Saved by the Bell and 90210. If you get a chance at an event, stop by say hi!
Derek has a background in the entertainment industry having worked for Heartland Poker Tour, Free Poker Network, and national concert promoter Jade Presents. With a Master of Accountancy degree from North Dakota State University, Derek handles the business side of America’s Poker Tour.
Having worked with the likes of Maria Ho, David Williams, Vanessa Rousso, and Daniel Negreanu, Derek is no stranger to the poker industry. His sharp analytical mind and infectious smile make him a casino and player favorite. His passion for poker is seen at every event. Derek enjoys meeting new players and experiencing the action of the tournament as it unfolds.
An avid music lover and aspiring musician, Derek has also played in local bar bands. His favorite artists include Our Lady Peace, Live, and Weezer… really anything from the 90s. If you see him at an event, stop and say hi. He loves to hear a juicy bad beat story and usually has a pocket full of America’s Poker Tour patches ready to hand out!
Derek was fortunate enough to win a seat into the $10k WSOP Main Event in 2005. He played at the same table as Phil Ivey for 14 hours. Derek busted when Ivey trapped his top two pair with a set of sevens. It was a disappointing finish for Derek, but still an amazing experience.