World Poker Tour announces 2009 schedule

Jun 24, 2009 6:55 PM
by GT Staff |

The World Poker Tour (WPT) today revealed the schedule for its eighth season, set to begin next month at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, just as the World Series of Poker is ending.

Continuing its plan to offer land-based tournaments for players around the globe, the World Poker Tour features a 12-stop tour, which will be filmed in High Definition for broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN). 

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"As this great game has evolved over the years, we have seen the tour grow and develop into something truly incredible," said Steve Lipscomb, WPT founder and CEO. "Each year seems to top the last, from stops in exciting new venues to historical moments to break-out players to unbelievable action. We’re looking forward to seeing what the eighth season brings – then watching it broadcast in HD!"

In addition to kicking the season off at the Bellagio on July 13, WPT Season VIII also features favorite pro stops at Bay 101 in San Jose, California;  Bicycle Casino’s new Event Center in Los Angeles; Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; Commerce Casino in Los Angeles; and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Joining the tour as a new stop in Season VIII is the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The casino, which will re-open as the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg on June 29, is a 270,000 square foot riverboat casino that sits on the Ohio River.

In addition to the $10,000 main event – the first ever televised WPT tournament in the Midwest – Hollywood Casino will host three non-televised WPT tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. All tournaments will be played in the casino’s brand-new state-of-the-art WPT Poker Room. 

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WORLD POKER TOUR SEASON VIII
Tournament Name
Hosting Casino / Location
Date
Buy-in
Bellagio Cup V
Bellagio
July 13 - 19, 2009
$15,000 +$400
Las Vegas, NV
Legends of Poker
The Bicycle Casino
Aug 22 – 26, 2009
$9,800 + $200
Los Angeles, CA
Borgata Poker Open
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Sept 19 - 24, 2009      
TBD
Atlantic City, NJ
Festa al Lago
Bellagio
October 20 – 26, 2009
$15,000 +$400
 
Las Vegas, NV
Foxwoods World Poker Finals
Foxwoods Resort Casino 
Nov 5 – 10, 2009
$9,700 + $300
Mashantucket, CT
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond
Bellagio
Dec 13 – 19, 2009
$15,000 +$400
World Poker Classic
Las Vegas, NV
Southern Poker Championship
Beau Rivage
Jan 24 - 27, 2010
$9,700 + $300
Biloxi, MS
L.A. Poker Classic
Commerce Casino
Feb 20 – Feb 25, 2010
$9,600 + $400
Los Angeles, CA
WPT Invitational
Commerce Casino
Feb 27 – March 1, 2010
Invitation Only
Los Angeles, CA
Bay 101 Shooting Star
Bay 101
March 8 – 12, 2010
$9,600 + $400
San Jose, CA
Hollywood Poker Open
Hollywood Casino 
March 20 – 24, 2010
$9,600 + $400
Lawrenceburg, IN
WPT World Championship
Bellagio
April 17-24, 2010
$25,000 + $500
Las Vegas, NV

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