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The World Poker Open returns to
Tunica for its seventh year and will be
held exclusively at Gold Strike Casino
Resort. Attended by both nationally
and internationally renowned poker
players, the Gold Strike World Poker
Open begins Jan. 9 and culminates
with the World Poker Tour's
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championship event January 19-23. Considered one of the biggest and most
successful poker tournaments in the world, Gold Strike is now the exclusive
site for the World Poker Tour's annual televised stop in Tunica.
The World Poker Open will include 10 tournament events, with buy-ins starting
from $1000 up to $10,000 for the WPT championship finale. In addition, there
will be 10 nightly no-limit hold'em tournaments with a $500 buy-in + $40 entry
fee. The popular Ladies No Limit Hold'em tournament is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 21 with a $300 buy in + $40 entry fee. All tournaments start
with double chips, including $20,000 in Championship event.
In addition to a million-dollar prize pool, the winner of the final event will
receive a championship bracelet and a $25,500 seat in the World Poker Tour
Championship at Bellagio in April 2006.
The World Poker Open will be hosted by Jack McClelland, one of the world's
most respected tournament directors, and current director of poker
tournaments at Bellagio. A 25-year industry veteran, McClelland spent 15
years with the World Series of Poker and was the director for the Commerce
Casino in Los Angeles for nine years.
"We are thrilled to once again be hosting the high-stakes action of the World
Poker Open," said Kathy Santiago, vice president of casino operations at Gold
Strike. "As one of the newest additions to the MGM Mirage family, and sister
property of the Bellagio and Mirage, we plan to take the tournament to a new
level this year. In addition to providing superior service and a first-rate event,
by providing double the amount of chips with each buy-in, we are offering the
players an opportunity to stay in action longer."
"Gold Strike has hosted one of the largest events on the Tour each season,"
said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc. "We look
forward to continuing to grow the poker phenomenon in the Southeast
The Travel Channel will provide full final-table coverage of the World Poker
Open for broadcast during its Season IV telecast of the World Poker Tour. The
highest rated show ever on The Travel Channel, the WPT is now seen in more
than 100 countries and territories worldwide. World Poker Tour® airs every
Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Travel Channel.
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