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World Poker Tour Launches Eighth Season

Poker Shows Will Be Televised on Fox Sports Net

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The World Poker Tour announced the destinations and details for its eighth season in the United States today, highlighted by the return of many of its popular tournaments, along with its first-ever televised event from the Midwest — the Hollywood Poker Open, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

“As this great game has evolved over the years, we have seen the tour grow and develop into something truly incredible,” said Steve Lipscomb, WPT founder and CEO. “Each year seems to top the last, from stops in exciting new venues to historical moments to break-out players to unbelievable action. We’re looking forward to seeing what the eighth season brings — then watching it broadcast in HD.”

As in past years, the WPT schedule will include stops at Bay 101 in San Jose, the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Borgata in Atlantic City, Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, and Foxwoods in Connecticut.

The season will once again be completed with the WPT Championship at Bellagio.

The complete schedule is below:

Bellagio Cup V
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 13-19, 2009
$15,000+$400

Legends of Poker
The Bicycle Casino
Los Angeles, California
Aug. 22-26, 2009
$9,800+$200

Borgata Poker Open
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sept. 19-24, 2009
TBD

Festa al Lago
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 20-26, 2009
$15,000+$400

Foxwoods World Poker Finals
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
Nov. 5-10, 2009
$9,700+$300

Doyle Brunson Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec. 13-19, 2009
$15,000+$400

Southern Poker Championship
Beau Rivage
Biloxi, Mississippi
Jan. 24-27, 2010
$9,700+$300

L.A. Poker Classic
Commerce Casino
Los Angeles, California
Feb. 20-25, 2010
$9,600+$400

WPT Invitational
Commerce Casino
Los Angeles, California
Feb. 27-March 1, 2010
Invitation Only

Bay 101 Shooting Star
Bay 101
San Jose, California
March 8-12, 2010
$9,600+$400

Hollywood Poker Open
Hollywood Casino
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
March 20-24, 2010
$9,600+$400

WPT World Championship
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 17-24, 2010
$25,000+$500