|Los Angeles, CA (January 7, 2005) – The ninth stop on the WORLD POKER TOUR™ (WPT) is in paradise, literally. This year’s event at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas attracted 461 players for a $3,462,400 total prize pool, a $1,804,902 increase over last year’s event which drew 219 players. The winner of this year’s $8,000 buy-in event will take home $865,600 and will advance to the WPT World Championship when the Tour’s season culminates at Bellagio in April 2005. The WORLD POKER TOUR is the highest rated series in the history of the Travel Channel, airing Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT. |
Season’s Three’s total prize pool has already topped the $30 million mark at $33,919,170, a $14,602,274 increase over Season Two stops to date. The high stakes No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments are increasing the number of players at every stop on the Tour and are averaging a “poker millionaire a month.” This season’s prize pool is anticipated to reach $70 million.
Many recognizable faces were spotted at the tables, including the likes of John Juanda, Kathy Liebert, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, Evelyn Ng, and David Williams. The public is invited to be a part of the WPT Final Table television audience when the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure concludes at Atlantis on Tuesday, January 11 at the Dragon’s Patio. Admission is free and taping begins at 11:00am for the standing room only event.
The tenth stop of the WORLD POKER TOUR’S 16-tournament season will be the World Poker Open from January 24-27 at Gold Strike/Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS. For a complete WPT tournament schedule and casino contacts, please visit www.worldpokertour.com.
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based on poker and other gaming themes. To date, operations have principally revolved around the creation of the World Poker Tour brand through the production and licensing of a reality television series exhibited on the Travel Channel that is based on a circuit of previously-established high-stakes poker tournaments that has been affiliated under the 'World Poker Tour' brand. WPT Enterprises, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). Photos and media information can be found online at: www.worldpokertour.com.