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The Mirage set to host
World Poker Tour

Jun 22, 2004 1:15 AM

The Mirage is gearing up for its World Poker Tour event, The Mirage Poker Showdown, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1. The final table of the tourney will be filmed for tape delay on The Travel Channel.

The Showdown is part of the WPT’s 15-tournament tour for 2004-2005. The entry fee for the event is $10,000.

"Poker has quickly become the fastest growing sport in America and we believe there is no better time than now to become a part of the phenomenon," said Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer for The Mirage. "This is a great opportunity for us and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship with the WPT and successful tournaments in the future."

Players, professional and amateurs alike, can register at The Mirage and may earn a spot in the tournament by winning "satellite" tourneys during the week leading up to the Showdown.

Tournaments scheduled include a $1,000 no limit hole ”˜em event on Monday, July 26, a $2,000 no limit hold ”˜em event on Tuesday, July 27 and a $1,000 super satellite tournament scheduled for Wednesday, July 28.

The WPT is the creation of Lyle Berman and Steve Lipscomb.

"The Mirage has long been one of the great destination resorts in the gaming industry," said Lipscomb. "Their commitment to poker is long-term and we are excited to add them as the next crown jewel of the World Poker Tour."