Gold Strike set for WPT

Dec 5, 2006 12:59 AM

The World Poker Open — part of the World Poker Tour — returns to Tunica next month for the eighth consecutive year.

Gold Strike Casino Resort will host the event, beginning Jan. 3 and continuing through Jan. 25.

Last year’s champion, Scotty Nguyen, will return to Gold Strike to defend his 2006 title. The crowned Prince of Poker took home nearly $1 million in the 2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open, the tournament bracelet, and most importantly, established himself as a formidable opponent on the circuit.

The 2007 World Poker Open champion will walk away with an estimated $1 million in cash, a championship bracelet valued at $5,000, and a much sought-after $25,000 seat in the World Poker Tour Championship set for April 2007 at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The World Poker Open will include 20 tournament events, with buy-ins starting from $500 up to $10,000 for the WPT championship finale. In addition, there will be seven nightly no-limit hold’em tournaments with a $200 buy-in + $30 entry fee and 15 nightly no-limit hold’em tournaments with a $500 buy-in + $50 entry fee.

The ladies of poker take the spotlight on Saturday, January 20th in the increasingly popular Ladies No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $300 buy in + $40 entry fee. All tournaments start with double chips, including $20,000 in Championship event.

"This year’s tournament could be one for the records," states Ken Lambert, director of Poker Operations for Gold Strike Casino Resort. "Every day we get calls from players around the world confirming their participation. We are excited about it not only because Gold Strike is hosting this well known event, but also because of the impact it will have on Tunica and on Mississippi making this the place to play in the South."

According to Lambert, more than 400 players are set to compete in the $10,000 championship event.

The Travel Channel will provide full final-table coverage of the World Poker Open for broadcast during its Season V telecast.