Poker’s ‘young & restless’ go condo

Aug 14, 2006 3:45 AM

The just-completed 37th annual World Series of Poker attracted nearly 9,000 poker players from around the world. Four of them won’t have to worry about hotel accommodations at the 38th World Series — they all purchased luxury condos at the W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Residences.

They include:

”¡ Phil Hellmuth won the 1989 World Series of Poker championship event at only 24 years of age. He’s made the money in more than 100 major tournaments, made more than 80 final tables, and won 18 events. He has won 10 WSOP bracelets. Hellmuth, who won the W Las Vegas Poker Invitational earlier this year, applied his studio condominium grand prize as a down payment on a penthouse suite.

”¡ David Williams found fame when he placed second in the 2004 World Series of Poker. This 26 year old has earned more than five million dollars in poker winnings and in four years, has made the money in 17 major tournaments and reached nine final tables. He earned a WSOP bracelet in this year’s tournament.

”¡ At age 28, Antonio Esfandiari, "The Magician," has made the money in 16 major tournaments, appearing at 11 final tables. He appeared in the second series of the Poker Superstars Invitational tournament, and currently appears in the Game Show Network series High-Stakes Poker.

”¡ Phil Laak is one of the more colorful players on the tour, donning a signature hooded sweatshirt when playing. He acted as host and dealer for the E! Network’s Hollywood Hold’em program and shares a passion for poker with his girlfriend, actress Jennifer Tilly.

The W Las Vegas development is currently rising on 24.5 acres at the corner of Harmon and Koval, in the heart of the burgeoning Harmon Corridor boutique district.

The residences will embrace the stylish, signature comforts the W Hotel brand is renowned for, including striking architecture, multiple restaurants, exhilarating nightlife and a destination spa.

Hotel condominium residences including studios, one bedrooms and suites are available for purchase and can be combined to form larger residences. These fully-furnished units are designed by Charles Allem, who was named one of the top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest. Studio residences are priced from $650,000.

Among the hotel/condo’s planned amenities are destination dining and nightlife to world-class shopping at the 100,000 square foot Fred Segal retail emporium, the first of its kind outside of Southern California. Creature comforts will also include the exclusive Bliss Spa, and private cabanas at the ultra-luxe WET pool.

Edge Resorts is developing the W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Residences in partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Edge Group is also developing Edge East on 25 acres adjacent to the W Las Vegas.