WPT expands tour

Nov 7, 2005 1:22 AM

The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced last week the addition of a 17th tour stop for Season IV with the inclusion of a second event at Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City on January 29-February 1. The Borgata Poker Classic will cap the hotel’s 11-day Borgata Winter Poker Open.

The tournament marks a return this year to the Atlantic City hotel and casino, considered one of the finest properties on the East Coast and sure to be the largest poker room on the Atlantic when it more than doubles the size of its poker room in 2006. The 2005 Borgata Poker Open drew a record 515 players with a $4,995,634 prize pool.

"We are excited by the opportunity to give our Eastern players another shot at a World Poker Tour title this season," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises. "With record tournaments all around our circuit, it is clear that players want more chances to cash in our WPT million dollar prize pools. Borgata is the premier poker destination in Atlantic City. We look forward to this one-time event."

At the same time, the WPT announced that the Gold Strike Casino Resort has become the exclusive site for the WPT’s annual stop in Tunica. The dates are January 19-23, the culmination of the resort’s World Poker Open which begins on Jan. 9. The 1,200-room Gold Strike is an MGM Mirage resort and sister property of the Bellagio and Mirage, also WPT member casinos.

"Gold Strike has hosted one of the largest events on the tour each season," said Lipscomb. "We look forward to continuing to grow the poker phenomenon in The Southeast together."

With the added event, the World Poker Tour is on track to approach its target of $100 million in prize money in a single season. It took the first three cumulative years of the WPT to reach the first $100 million.

Viewers and aspiring tour players can log on to www.worldpokertour.com for ways to improve their game or to find out how to register for the 17 WPT tournaments. The highest rated show ever on The Travel Channel, the WPT is now seen in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.