WPT jackpots setting records weekly

Nov 30, 2004 1:02 AM

Foxwoods Resort Casino kicked off the seventh stop on the acclaimed World Poker Tour (WPT) two weeks ago, setting new records for the sport of poker.

The largest poker room on the East Coast at the largest casino in the world attracted 674 players to this year’s World Poker Finals. This marks the biggest turnout ever for a WPT event and a dramatic increase over the tournament’s first-year attendance of 80 players just three years ago.

Since joining the WPT, Foxwoods’ prize pool for the World Poker Finals has more than doubled every year. This year’s $6,765,000 prize pool ranks fourth in the history of the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold’Em tournament poker, a testament to the growing popularity of the tour.

Sixty players at Foxwoods claimed a piece of the prize money, with the winner earning $1,530,243 and a $25,500 seat at the season-ending WPT Championship in April 2005. The World Poker Tour is the highest rated series in the history of the Travel Channel, airing Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.

Individual stops on the WPT are now awarding prize pools that approach the $10 million total prize money of Season One’s 14 tournaments combined. In Season Three the total prize money has already reached $24,985,970, an $11,720,740 increase over Season Two stops to date.

The World Poker Tour continues to average a "poker millionaire a month" in its 16-tournament season. Projected to reach a total of $70 million, Season Three’s prize pool is rising with every stop on the Tour.

The high stakes action is attracting increasing numbers of players vying for the prize money and fans eager to witness the minting of a millionaire at the WPT Final Table.

Fans are already turning out in record numbers to watch the tournament that has attracted amateur and professional players alike.

The eighth stop of the World Poker Tour’s 16-tournament season is the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, hosted by the Bellagio in Las Vegas from December 14-18. For the complete tournament schedule and casino contacts, visit www.worldpokertour.com.