World Poker Tour to honor past champions

Apr 9, 2008 7:59 PM

by GT Staff | Prior to the start of the World Poker Tour’s championship at the Bellagio, the 96 previous WPT champions will be honored in ceremonies on April 21.

The ceremonies, which are slated for the "O" Theater, recognize six years’ worth of WPT event winners – 96 in all.

In addition to highlighting players’ achievements, historic events and winning moments over the past six years, WPT commissioned Tiffany & Co. to design a personalized titanium and diamond bracelet for each champion. Tiffany & Co. is creator of sports league championship trophies for the NFL, MLB, NBA and NASCAR, among others.

"There are so many incredible stories to celebrate from the six World Poker Tour seasons and we are thrilled to pay tribute to each of our WPT Champions," said WPT Founder, President and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. "The championship bracelet has become synonymous with poker as a symbol of achievement and respect, and we are honored to continue the tradition that Benny Binion began over 30 years ago."

"The ceremony of champions is a great way to highlight the dedication and hard work it takes to become a winner on the World Poker Tour," said Doug Dalton, Director of Poker Operations for Bellagio. "We are excited to host this sensational event in the ‘O’ Theatre and we look forward to another successful championship event."

The event will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with a private cocktail party for players and VIPs at the "O" Theatre lobby. The ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. and will be led by Masters of Ceremony, Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, WPT commentators who have crowned every WPT Champion since the first WPT tournament was held at Bellagio six years ago. Interviews, footage and other content from the exclusive event will be aired online via WPT Live Updates on