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WPT Ladies Championship Heads to Bellagio

Saturday, April 05, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Concluding its first official season, the World Poker Tour® (WPT) Ladies tour arrives at Bellagio this month for the inaugural WPT Ladies Championship. The $1500 tournament,The World Poker Tour (WPT) will begin its sixth season in May in Las Vegas.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) will begin its sixth season in May in Las Vegas.
  which is expected to draw hundreds of amateur and professional players, will be filmed for broadcast as part of WPTs Season VI now airing at 9 p.m. EST/PST Monday nights on GSN.

The goal of this league is to provide opportunities for female players to step up their game, and that mission has been validated through the amazing turnout and feedback weve received during our first four stops, said Robyn Moder, Executive Vice President, WPT Studios. Almost 800 women have competed so farand for many of them, it was their first live tournament. With so much excitement and support behind the league, we look forward to hosting the first WPT Ladies Championship with our long-time partners at Bellagio.

WPT and Bellagio will kick off the WPT Ladies Championship at 10 a.m. April 13 with a champagne brunch at The Bank Nightclub. Rolling out the pink carpet for registered players, WPT and Bellagio will provide brunch and champagne by event sponsor Veuve Cliquot.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to donate and bid in an online auction at www.CharityFolks.com/wptladies to benefit WPT Ladies official charity and long-time partner, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the worlds largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to end breast cancer forever. To help fight a disease that will statistically affect one in every eight women playing in the event, 15 percent of each $1,500 WPT Ladies Championship buy-in will be donated to benefit Komen for the Cure. For more information about Komen, visit www.komen.org.

Our partnership with WPT Ladies is one example of Susan G. Komen for the Cures creative opportunities for all people to be a part of the breast cancer movement, said Katrina McGhee, vice president of marketing at Komen for the Cure. The online auction is a great example of how anyone can support the promise to end breast cancer and add hope to many womens lives.

Immediately following the brunch, WPT Ladies Championship Day 1 shuffle up and deal begins at noon. The remaining players at the end of the day will return April 14 to play down to six. The final six players will head to the WPT final table set on April 25 to battle it out in front of WPT cameras for the chance to win a WPT title and the first place cash prize.

Registration for the tournament is on-site only, starting April 12. Bellagio also will begin $350 satellites into the WPT Ladies Championship April 12 at 1 p.m., running through the morning of April 13.

Visit www.worldpokertour.com/wptladies for more details.
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The World Poker Tour (WPT) can be seen in more than 116 countries and territories throughout the world. WPT consists of 17 high stakes poker tournaments filmed at glamorous locations throughout the world, including Bellagio in Las Vegas, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, Aviation Club de France in Paris and the Borgata in Atlantic City. Each year the Tour culminates in the WPT World Championship in Las Vegas at Bellagio in April, drawing the leading pros and accomplished amateurs from around the world for an $8-12 million prize pool.
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