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Foxwoods to host world-class poker event

Nov 5, 2002 1:32 AM

   The cameras will roll, the cards will be dealt, and bluffs will be made, but only one contestant will achieve the status of world-class player and walk away with a piece of the estimated million dollar prize pool.

   The internationally renowned Foxwoods Resort Casino joins the World Poker Tour as the sixth tournament on the tour with its World Poker Finals to be held November 14-17. This No-limit Texas Hold'em competition will round up this year’s best for a must-attend event on the World Poker Tour circuit to be broadcast in 2003.

   The World Poker Tour is bringing the scene of high-stakes poker tournaments to national television. The highly anticipated television sensation will film the Final Table on November 17, to capture a face-off between the game's most skilled rounders from around the globe, who have the guts to ante up $10,000 and compete for an estimated prize pool of over a million dollars. The winner will also receive a $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship scheduled to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on April 14-18, 2003.

   The media and public are invited to attend the TV taping and observe the drama of high-stakes poker. VIP seating begins at 11:30 a.m. with the starting time of noon, November 17, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Further information can be obtained by calling idée public relations at: (310) 374 5598.

   According to Steven Lipscomb, founder and CEO of the World Poker Tour, “It will be electrifying to encapsulate the expertise and flair that this year’s final entrants will demonstrate at the Foxwoods tables for our television series. If you look at the big picture, there can only be one winner but we’ll be there to record the suspense of the underdogs evolving into true professionals and worthy competitors for the millions of fans of this rapidly growing sport.”

   Foxwoods Resort Casino is a globally recognized gaming destination that offers six casinos with more than 6,700 slot machines and 350 table games.

   Played by over 50 million Americans, the nation's most popular card game is poised to become the next major mainstream sport on television. The World Poker Tour will be the first regularly scheduled televised series of poker events in history, with production values equivalent to network sports programming. The season will consist of thirteen nationally televised poker events filmed in casinos around the world, from Los Angeles to Paris, where finalists compete for multi-million dollar prize pools.

   The World Poker Tour has been approached by several television networks for the broadcast of these events, although no final arrangements have been made.

   The World Poker Tour is a joint venture between Steve Lipscomb and Lakes Entertainment, Inc. Lakes currently has development and management agreements with four separate Tribes for four new casino operations, one in Michigan, two in California and one with the Nipmuc Nation on the East Coast. In addition, Lakes Entertainment has agreements for the development of one additional casino on Indian-owned land in California through a joint venture with MRD Gaming.