WPT sets schedule

Feb 26, 2008 12:53 AM

The World Poker Tour (WPT) last week unveiled its Season VII schedule featuring 14 key tournaments at premiere casino destinations from July 2008 to April 2009.

The schedule takes WPT to one or two feature casino destinations each month and will integrate innovative additions such as the poker industry’s first sports-style analyses and strategic breakdowns from STATS LLC.

WPT Live Updates will continue to provide live coverage from the tournament floor via www.worldpokertour.com.

"To ensure the World Poker Tour continues to deliver the best experience possible, Season VII features a strong lineup of stops that have consistently proven to be player favorites and continue to see growth season after season," said WPT founder, president and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. "Industry trends and player feedback were instrumental in creating the schedule, which focuses on marquis events to drive increased field sizes, riches prize pools and more media coverage for players.

The schedule also gives players more opportunity to participate in satellites and other events and allows the WPT and the Casino partners to focus on bigger promotional opportunities around each event."

With over 84 WPT Poker-Made Millionaires to date, players will have multiple chances to add their name to that exclusive list.

The tour kicks off the season in Las Vegas with the Bellagio Cup and continues to feature highly popular tour stops at Borgata in Atlantic City, Foxwoods in Connecticut, Beau Rivage in Mississippi, Commerce Casino and Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, and Bay 101 in San Jose, California.

The schedule also brings back fan favorite Festa Al Lago, as well as two inaugural tours stops from Season VI — The Gulf Coast Poker Championship and Bellagio Cup.

The schedule’s grand finale, the WPT World Championship, returns to Bellagio in April 2009.

The complete full season 2008 World Poker Tournament schedule, includes three events at the Bellagio.

Bellagio Cup IV Bellagio, Las Vegas July 11- 17
Legends of Poker Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles Aug 23 — 28
Borgata Poker Open Borgata, Atlantic City Sept 14 — 18
North American Poker Fallsview Resort Casino  October 10 — 16
Championship Niagara Falls, Canada  
Festa Al Lago Bellagio, Las Vegas October 20 — 25
World Poker Finals Foxwoods, Connecticut Nov 5 — 11 
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond  Bellagio, Las Vegas Dec 13 — 19

World Poker Classic

Gulf Coast Poker Championship Beau Rivage, Biloxi Jan 16 - 19, 2009
Borgata Poker Classic Borgata, Atlantic City Jan 25 — 29, 2009
L.A. Poker Classic Commerce Casino, Los Angeles Feb 28 — March 5, 2009
WPT Celebrity Invitational Commerce Casino, Los Angeles Mar 7 — Mar 9, 2009
Bay 101 Shooting Star Bay 101, San Jose Mar 16 — 20, 2009
Foxwoods Poker Classic Foxwoods Apr 4 — 9, 2009
WPT World Championship Bellagio, Las Vegas Apr 18 — 25, 2009