Foxwoods launches
WPT-brand poker

Feb 27, 2006 2:21 AM

Thanks to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, now you can not only watch the World Poker Tour (WPT) on television, but when you go to the casino you’ll be able to play in a WPT-branded poker room.

Last week, WPT Enterprises and Foxwoods announced a newly-expanded poker room will open in late March, and will bear the World Poker Tour name.

"It’s a very exciting landmark for the World Poker Tour," said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises. "This is the point when our brand truly moves into the casino in a major way. We’ve licensed our name to slot machines and gaming tables, and this is the next significant step — the evolution of the WPT brand at the casino level."

Lipscomb added that poker players will find a "branded poker room" that will evoke "the cool, classy, charismatic character" of the WPT TV show, which airs on the Travel Channel on Wednesday nights.

A charter member of the World Poker Tour, Foxwoods has staged some of the largest events in WPT history over the Tour’s four years.

In fact, Foxwoods was the first casino to sign onto the Tour. Slated to debut in late March, the WPT World Poker Room at Foxwoods will boost the number of poker tables at the resort to 114 from its current total of 76.

The expansion will allow expanded tournament offerings, which will result in greatly increased prize pool totals. It also solidifies Foxwoods as one of the largest and most prestigious casino poker rooms in the country and the only venue for poker in New England.

"This is a significant step for poker and further proof that the WPT and Foxwoods are a formidable team," said Kathy Raymond, director of poker operations at Foxwoods. "We continually strive to lead the way when it comes to poker, and this new expanded state-of-the-art room will give our players a truly memorable experience."

The new WPT branded poker room at Foxwoods will move to a more expansive space located near its current poker area. Enhanced poker technology will also add to the player experience, including use of LED table components, automatic card shufflers and a state-of-the-art seating system. The poker room will be smoke-free and will offer a new 100-plus seat restaurant, adjacent to the poker area.

Lipscomb said he hoped Foxwoods WPT poker room will set the bar for other casinos.

"We look for a select number of very well-appointed poker rooms, run by the top casino managers in the business to bear our name in the future," Lipscomb said. "We will be very careful in selecting our licensees to ensure the highest quality. We hope that in the future, a vacationing poker player will be able to play his way across the country in WPT Poker Rooms."