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IGT inks deal to build WPT slots

Oct 5, 2004 1:26 PM

IGT, the world’s largest slot maker, has signed a deal with the World Poker Tour (WPT) to produce a line of slot and video poker machines based on the WPT.

The WPT, now in its third year, features a circuit of 16 championship poker events that take place in the best venues around the world. Later this month, the Bellagio will host a WPT championship event named after poker legend Doyle Brunson.

WPT events are broadcast by the Travel Channel every Wednesday night.

"IGT is the leader in its field and with its successful track record, we expect to see World Poker Tour slots and video poker machines in locations around the globe before long," said Steve Lipscomb, WPT founder and president. "We believe the success of our television show, both domestically and internationally, will create fans who will be drawn to play machines bearing the WPT trademark."

IGT intends to develop WPT-branded three-reel and five-reel slot machines, as well as video poker and other video games. The company plans to roll out the World Poker Tour slots globally within two years.

The World Poker Tour was launched in March 2002, and airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. It has become the highest rated television series in the history of the Travel Channel.

The WPT is a subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc.