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Fathers and Sons Do Battle for WPT Special

Winners Receives Entry Into the $25,000 WPT Championship


Poker is a game that has been passed down from fathers to sons since the game of poque was played on Mississippi riverboats, sometimes to the dismay of the fathers, especially when the sons start raking in too many pots from the old men.

The World Poker Tour is taking this special poker bond between fathers and sons and adding a twist to it. Today at Foxwoods Casino, the WPT is filming a special called Fathers and Sons, a single-table tourney that awards a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship.

Changing the rules of the usual WPT final table, the six father-son duos will each act as one player. Starting with $250,000 in tournament chips, the sons will kick off the six-handed game while their fathers look on. At any time during the game, the fathers can "tag" their sons out to let them know how the game should be played - even if they are in the middle of a hand.

The twist in this tournament comes at the end when the last remaining father and son square off against each other for the $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship, which will be held in April of 2007 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The show will be aired on Father's Day (June 17), 2007.

The father-and-son duos competing in this event are Doyle Brunson and Todd Brunson, Barry Greenstein and Joe Sebok, Card Player Magazine publisher and media mogul Barry Shulman and Card Player chief operation officer Jeff Shulman, season 3 WPT World Poker Open champion Steve Stolzmann and John Stolzmann, and season 4 WPT World Poker Challenge champion Romeo Simon and Michael Simon.

Completing the table will be WPT host Vince Van Patten as he finally steps down from the host stand to take a seat at a WPT table with famous father, Dick Van Patten at his side. Professional Poker Tour host Matt Corboy will fill Vince's usual seat beside Mike Sexton to provide commentary.