WPT starting Ladies Poker League with final at Bellagio

Jan 14, 2008 3:36 AM

With the dramatic increase of women playing tournament poker, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has expanded its female-focused tour with the launch of an official WPT Ladies League and No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament tour circuit.

With buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500, the tournament circuit provides multiple opportunities for amateur, semi-pro, and professional female players to test their skills in a tournament environment at prestigious gaming destinations without having to pay a costly five-figure buy-in.

Women also will have the chance at each stop to win a WPT title and a seat in the WPT Ladies’ Championship.

"Women are a rising force in poker," said Robyn Moder, executive vice president of WPT Studios. "By bringing a WPT ladies league and tour stops to top gaming destinations across the US, we hope to support and perpetuate the evolution of the sport and recognition of the women who play."

Season I of the WPT ladies tour kicks off Jan. 20 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, and will feature additional tournaments at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut, Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, and Bay 101 in San Jose.

The tour will conclude with a $1,500 Championship tournament at Bellagio in Las Vegas, which also will host a player party in conjunction with the event.

The Ladies Championship final table will be filmed on the WPT set for television broadcast on WPT’s new network home, GSN, in 2008. The winner will receive the first place cash prize and the WPT Ladies’ Championship title.

To help end breast cancer, a disease that statistically has or will affect one in every eight women competing on the WPTL tour, WPT has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Participants will have the opportunity to donate at each tour stop and 15 percent of each $1,500 buy-in at the WPTL Championship will be donated to benefit Komen for the Cure.

The WPTL Season I schedule is as follows. Visit www.worldpokertour.com/wptladies for more details.