Poker coming to prime time!

Feb 25, 2003 2:20 AM

The Travel Channel has announced that it will include the World Poker Tour in its prime time line-up beginning with a "Sneak Preview Premiere Night" on Sunday, March 30, and continuing as a weekly series on Wednesday nights at 9-11 p.m., ET/PT, beginning April 2, 2003. Final terms of the deal are in negotiations.

The World Poker Tour season consists of 13 poker tournaments filmed in casinos around the world which will be nationally televised and will feature many of the best poker players in the world as they vie for multi-million dollar prize pools.

The World Poker Tour will reach its exciting conclusion with the season’s grand ­­finale, "The World Poker Tour Championship." The ­­finale, hosted by Bellagio, will feature winners from all the poker competitions throughout the 13-tournament season and anyone willing to pay the $25,000 buy-in to enter what might be the biggest ­­tournament in poker history.

The World Poker Tour is a joint venture between promoter 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. Lakes Entertainment also has agreements for the development of one additional casino on Indian-owned land in California through a joint venture with MRD Gaming.