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Lace Them Up, Because WPT Is Expanding Its 'Boot Camp' in 2006

WPT Offers Two Different camps, Hired New Instructors for This Year

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Last year, the world was introduced to World Poker Tour Boot Camp. Because the camps were so popular, River Gaming, a company that licenses the name from WPT Enterprises and, working closely with the WPT, runs the boot camps, has added many more dates and a handful of new instructors for 2006.

T.J. Cloutier, Mark Seif, and the husband-and-wife team of Chip and Karina Jett will join Mike Sexton, Alex "The Insider" Outhred (WPTE describes him as a poker expert; he's also the guy who analyses hands on the WPT), Clonie Gowen, and Linda Johnson as regular instructors. Guest instructors will also show up at each camp.

WPT Boot Camp is schedule to take place 20 times in 2006, but the schedule continuously evolves. There are two different camps: a two-day camp that costs $1,495, and a three-day camp, designed for advanced players, for $2,895.

So far, the camps are coming to the Borgata in New Jersey, the Reno Hilton, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Foxwoods in Connecticut. The next camp is a two-day affair that starts Jan. 28 at Foxwoods.

Both the two- and three-day camps feature training from experts associated with the WPT program and championship players who have won WPT events. Seminars includes live lectures, archived WPT video footage, game play, and personal tips by poker superstars.

The two-day camps are limited to 60 people while the three-day camp cuts off registration at 100.

At the two-day camp, students will play for a WPT satellite seat worth between $1,100 and $1,400 after all the studies are complete.

At the three-day camps, students will play for an entry to a WPT main event, which, depending on the event, is worth between $5,000 and $10,000. But the students will have to face their instructors who will be sitting and playing in the satellite, too.

Each winner of a boot camp tournament at a three-day camp will also receive an etched glass trophy and a red WPT boot camp champions jacket.

The next three-day camp starts March 30 at the Reno Hilton.