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WPT set for prime time TV

Mar 11, 2003 3:47 AM

The Travel Channel kicks off its prime time coverage of world class poker this month, beginning with a World Poker Tour "Sneak Preview Premiere Night" on Sunday, March 30.

TV coverage will continue as a weekly series on Wednesday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific time), beginning April 2.

The World Poker Tour season consists of 13 poker tournaments filmed in casinos around the world, which will be nationally televised, and will feature 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," hosted by Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning April 14, and featuring winners from all the poker competitions throughout the 13-tournament season as well as anyone willing to pay the $25,000 buy-in to become the world’s best poker player in what might be the biggest tournament in poker history.

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.