Bellagio to host Five
Diamond classic

Nov 27, 2006 3:40 AM

The World Poker Tour (WPT) returns to Las Vegas for the fifth annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio Dec. 1-19. The tournament, all no limit hold ”˜em events, concludes with the WPT’s Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic on Thursday, Dec. 14 — Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The entry fees for the no limit hold’em tournaments, range from $1,500-$5,000 and the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic begins Thursday, Dec. 14 at noon with an entry fee of $15,000.

The champion will receive the first place prize money as well as an entry into the April 2007 WPT World Championship at Bellagio. Players can register at Bellagio’s poker room.

Last year’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio included a WPT-record 555 participants and a prize pool of more than $8 million.

Rehne Pedersen of Denmark was awarded $2.1 million for his victory. Pedersen defeated five players at the final table including Patrick Antonius, who came in second and earned more than $1 million, and Doyle Brunson who finished third.

"We look forward to hosting this year’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the World Poker Tour at Bellagio" said Doug Dalton, director of poker operations for Bellagio. "We anticipate a successful tournament and expect the world’s top poker players to compete."

The WPT is broadcast weekly on the Travel Channel Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The WPT consists of 22 nationally televised poker events filmed in casinos around the world, with the finalists competing for multi-million dollar prize pools. Season four of the WPT is currently airing and culminates with the 2006 WPT World Championship, hosted this past April at Bellagio.