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World Poker Tour's Season Five Schedule Released

For the Second Year in a Row, 17 Tournaments Will Be Filmed

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In season five, like members of the Starship Enterprise, the World Poker Tour is going to a place it never has been before. In doing so, two familar tournaments have been axed.

The WPT will visit Mandalay Bay for the first time in the fifth season of the show to cover the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship in June and is ending its working relationship with online poker sites Party Poker and Ultimate Bet.

In a press release, Steve Lipscomb, the founder of the WPT, says: "We've had a great run with both companies, but the circumstances have changed since we elected to launch WPTonline.com, our own international gaming website. Although they will no longer be on the tour, we continue to explore future opportunities with both of these organizations."

PokerStars.com's Caribbean Adventure remains on the schedule.

Season four has seven tournaments left until the championship takes place at Bellagio in late April; the Borgata Poker Classic takes place Jan. 29-30; the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino takes place Feb. 16-21; the WPT Invitation takes place at Commerce Casino Feb. 22-24; the Bay 101 Shooting Star takes place at Bay 101 Casino Feb. 27-March 3; the World Poker Challenge takes place at the Reno Hilton March 27-30; the Foxwoods Poker Classic takes place April 6-9; and the championship event takes place at Bellagio April 18-24.

The schedule for season five follows, minus two events that will soon be announced:

  • Mirage Poker Showdown, Mirage Las Vegas, May 14-17
  • Mandalay Bay Poker Championship, Mandalay Bay, June 4-8
  • Grand Prix de Paris, Aviation Club de France, June 12-16
  • Legends of Poker, The Bicycle Casino, Aug. 26-30
  • Borgata Poker Open, Borgata, Sep. 15-19
  • North American Poker Championship, to be announced, Oct. 23-27
  • World Poker Finals, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Nov 11-16
  • Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic, Bellagio, Dec. 15-19
  • PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure, Atlantis Casino, Bahamas, Jan. 6-13, 2007
  • World Poker Open, Gold Strike Casino Tunica, Jan. 21-25, 2007
  • L.A. Poker Classic, Commerce Casino, Feb. 15-20, 2007
  • WPT Invitational, Commerce Casino, Feb. 21-23, 2007
  • Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101 Casino, Feb. 27-March 3, 2007
  • World Poker Challenge, Reno Hilton, March 26-29, 2007
  • WPT World Championship, Bellagio, April 21-27, 2007