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Poker Tour's Season XII World Championship Moving
to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Marks WPTs Third Televised Event from Borgata
in Season XII
Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2013) For the
first time in its history, World Poker Tours
prestigious, season-ending World Championship will
be held outside Las Vegas at the Borgata Hotel Casino
& Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Together with
the currently running WPT® Borgata Poker Open
and January 2014s WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open,
this event will make Borgata home to three televised
WPT tournaments in Season XII.
Were very pleased to name Borgata -- now
home to four of the five biggest tournaments in WPT
history -- the host of the Season XII WPT World Championship,
said WPT President Adam Pliska. With Borgatas
well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments
and providing unparalleled service to its players,
we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host
our season-culminating event. We look forward to working
with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship
to new heights.
Along with the change of venue, World Poker Tour is
pleased to welcome PartyPoker as the official sponsor
of the Season XII WPT World Championship. The
partnership of WPT, PartyPoker, and Borgata brings
together three of the most respected names in poker,
and we look forward to making the World Championship
more impressive than ever before. Pliska said.
We are extremely pleased to be growing our long-standing
relationship with World Poker Tour and to be expanding
our relationship with PartyPoker, especially as we
look to launch Borgatapoker.com, said Borgatas
Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. Adding
the WPT World Championship Sponsored by PartyPoker
is a welcome addition and an important new chapter
in the history of this illustrious tournament.
Borgata's first televised WPT touranment of the year,
the WPT Borgata Poker Open, is running now. With 1,189
entrants, this year's event surpassed last year's
impressive turnout and genrated a massive prize pool
of $3,923,700. Sponsored by ClubWPT.com, the tournament's
final table will be recorded on Friday, September
20 and will air on FOX Sports Network in March 2014.
World Poker tour will return to Atlantic City for
its second televised event of the season when the
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open begins in January 2014.
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally
televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence
in land-based tournaments, television, online, and
mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since
2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation
of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes
poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more
than 150 countries and territories, and is currently
producing its 11th season which airs on FSN in the
United States. Season XI of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com,
a unique online membership site that offers inside
access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based
poker club available in 35 states across the United
States. WPT participates in strategic brand license,
partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises
Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment
plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.
About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata
Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms
and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming
tables; 3,475 slot machines; an 80+table poker room;
11 retail boutiques; 5 acclaimed fine dining restaurants
by renowned chefs; 6 casual dining options; a 54,000
square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space;
4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for
7,100 cars. The resort also features Atlantic Citys
first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club
at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000
square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space;
6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and
outdoor pools. For more information on Borgata, or
to obtain a copy of this press release, please visit
Joins Nevadas Online Poker Licensing Parade
- 8th March 2012
Bay 101 Shooting Stars Day Two: Scott Baumstein Leads
Final 20, Jonathan Duhamel Continues 2012 Rampage
- 8th March 2012
Juttelstad Wins 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts
Poker Open - 15th February 2012
story going into the final day of the World Poker
Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
yesterday was the possibility of history in the making,
as the chip leader, Gigi Gagne, was in position to
become the first female ever to win an open WPT Main
Event. In the end, though, it was Matt Juttelstads
amazing consistency that became the story as he won
his first ever live tournament title and over a quarter
was Juttelstads tournament virtually the entire
way, as he finished both Days 1 and 2 as the chip
leader while only slipping to the second spot at the
end of Day 3. Because of Gigi Gagnes attempt
at history as well as her more than one million chip
lead, however, Juttelstad was not the talk of the
final table despite his overall dominance of the event.
funny thing was, Matt Juttelstad wouldnt have
even been there if it wasnt for graduate school.
He had taken about a year off from the game, but happened
to be in Miami for a grad school interview at Florida
Atlantic University, so he decided to give the WPT
Lucky Hearts Poker Open a shot while he was in the
area. The tournament had a relatively unique structure
in that not only did it have two starting days, but
anyone who busted on Day 1A could buy-in again and
give it another try on Day 1B. Juttelstad was one
of the many who hit the rail on Day 1A and had no
plans to re-enter on Day 1B except that his interview
turned out to be shorter than expected. Who knows
what that means for his chances at acceptance, but
if he does get into FIU, he will definitely be able
to pay the tuition bill.
Gagne and Juttelstad fittingly ended up as the final
two competitors, they both had their issues on their
journeys from the final six to the final two. Gagne
ran into a rough hand early, holding A-4 on a flop
of A-5-4 while Keith Ferrera was in the unfortunate
position of holding A-T. Well, temporarily unfortunate.
After a raising battle, Ferrera shoved all-in for
859,000, to the horror of WPT webcast commentators
Mike Sexton, Dan OBrien, and Tony Dunst. Gagne
of course called and it looked like she would take
command of the final table, but the turn card was
a Ten, exactly what Ferrera needed.
that, Gagne seemed rattled, which resulted in her
making a series of questionable plays. It seemed like
she would bow out early, falling all the way down
to almost 500,000 chips, but Gagne held firm and got
herself back in the thick of things.
Gigi Gagne was sinking, Matt Juttelstad was rolling,
climbing from 1.6 million chips to 2.6 million (thanks
to Gagne) to 3 million to as much as 4.8 million.
During level 24 (the final table began at level 21),
he started slipping a bit, even doubling-up short
stack Todd Jacobson, but Juttelstad still held steady
at around the 3 million chip mark for quite a while.
During level 27, however, when play was three-handed,
Juttelstad actually dropped so far as to be the short
stack at the table, reaching a low point of 1.575
million chips. With Gagne a million ahead of him and
Uri Kadosh more than 3 million ahead, it looked like
Juttelstad might have to settle for just
a $100,000 pay day. But he was able to double through
Kadosh, then take a few more big pots off of him before
eliminating him in 3rd place. It was a short-lived
stay at the bottom for Juttelstad; he would not make
a return trip.
into heads-up play, Juttelstad had an almost 3.5-to-1
chip lead on Gagne, 6.82 million to 2.03 million.
It was an odd one-on-one match in that it lasted just
over 30 hands, but virtually nothing happened. Until
the final hand, of course. With stacks about the same
as they were when heads-up started, Juttelstad limped
into the pot pre-flop and Gagne checked her 80,000
chip big blind. Gagne liked the 5c-3s-2h flop, leading
out for 300,000 chips. Juttelstad called and the two
watched the As peel off on the turn. At that, Gagne
moved all-in, insta-called by Juttelstad. And it was
no wonder Juttelstad had 4c-6h for the turned
nut straight. Nobody can blame Gigi Gagne for making
her move, either, as she also had a 4 for a straight.
Unfortunately, she was drawing virtually dead, needing
one of the three remaining 6s for just a chop.
It didnt happen and Matt Juttelstad had his
first ever live tournament title.
the win, Juttelstad received $268,444, the WPT Champions
Trophy, another trophy from the host venue, and a
seat in the season-ending WPT Championship at the
Bellagio. And while Gigi Gagne didnt claim victory,
she did tie Kathy Liebert (2009) and J.J. Liu (2007)
for the best finish for a woman in an open WPT Main
Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Final Table Results
Matt Juttelstad $268,444
2. Gigi Gagne $158,194
3. Uri Kadosh $105,463
4. Sharon Levin $73,344
5. Todd Jacobson $54,649
6. Keith Ferrera $42,185 (Credit:
Poker News Daily)
Digital Entertainment agrees American joint venture
with MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming - 2nd November 2011
Digital Entertainment Plc has announced details
of a joint venture agreement with US bricks and mortar
casino groups MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming
Corp that will see them offer online poker in America
should it become regulated and licensed.
deal will see bwin.party, MGM and Boyd form a jointly-owned
US-based company (Federal NewCo) with
bwin.party owning 65%, MGM owning 25% and Boyd owning
10%. Should federal legislation be enacted the joint
venture would offer online poker to US players via
Poker Tour and PartyPoker
brands with bwin.party providing the software and
support. Should US poker be legalised at the state
rather than federal level a new stand-alone company
would be created to develop opportunities on a state
by state basis.
strategy has been designed to address any and all
legislative outcomes, whether federal or state-by-state.
said Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the Co-CEOs
of bwin.party. We are particularly excited to
be working with MGM and Boyd. Combining their significant
assets and regulatory expertise with the strength
of our PartyPoker
Poker Tour brands, all supported by our in-house
technology, makes us perfectly positioned for any
future opening of the US online poker market.
addition to the customer facing deal, bwin.party,
MGM and Boyd also revealed details of a two separate
15-year business to business agreements that would
enable them to offer real money online poker
services under their own brands in the US using the
bwin.party technology platform and associated services.
Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International,
said 'MGM has long been supportive of federal legislation
to strengthen UIGEA and provide the needed regulations
and consumer protections for online poker. MGM is
proud to have bwin.party as our partner as they have
the assets and experience that, combined with our
brands, can ensure a secure, fair and entertaining
online poker experience.
Smith, President and CEO of Boyd Gaming, added We
believe the right approach to offering legal online
poker in the United States is through a federal regulatory
structure that ensures the games are conducted with
the greatest possible integrity and security. Should
Congress enact legislation to legalise Internet poker,
this agreement will allow us to partner with the worlds
most experienced and prestigious online operator to
offer a secure, fair and entertaining experience for
players in the United States.
also confirmed that it is set to enter a preliminary
suitability review with the Nevada Gaming Control
Board in order to secure an advanced finding of suitability
in anticipation of future US-facing real money poker
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30th November 2010 -- The festive season is
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is making sure they treat their most-valued players
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very own Santa sack by just earning points by playing
online tables from the 1st to 14th December 2010.
spokesman said: "The premise is very simple
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6 30,000 WPT entry 20
feast of presents doesnt just end here though.
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Please note that this is an OPT-IN promotion. For
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Santa is also coming to PartyCasino.com.
Unlike the poker promotion this is open to non VIPs
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for more information.
whether youve been good or bad!
00:00 ET, 1st December
Ends: 23:59 ET, 14th December
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time you earn 20 points during the promotion, youll
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Introduces Five Star Poker Challenge - 29th November
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you have to do to take full advantage of the Five
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day. There are 31 freerolls that will be held in total,
meaning that the site is putting up over $150,000
for this part of the Five Star Poker Challenge promotion.
if you qualify for five of the aforementioned $5,000
freerolls, youll score entry into a $50,000
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be ringing in the new year in style as you vie for
a five-figure prize pool, all for playing on one of
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addition, repeat winners of the $5,000 freerolls will
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$5,000 freeroll victories dont have to be consecutive;
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is offering up one $5,000, $50,000, and $500,000 bonus,
so start playing early to claim your prize, as jackpots
will be paid out on a first come, first served basis.
found on PartyPokers
website explains how bonuses can be claimed: To
make a claim, players must send an email to email@example.com
and confirm their account name. PartyPoker
will respond to all claims within 48 hours in order
to verify all claims and ensure no fraudulent play
has taken place. PartyPoker
expects to pay out bonuses within 48 hours.
$5,000 tournaments will kick off at 15:00 ET each
day during the Five Star Poker Challenge. According
to PartyPokers terms, a day runs
from 00:00 ET to 23:59 ET, so make sure to pick up
five Party Points during this time span to qualify.
in December, PartyPoker
is holding the VIP Gift Accumulator for its VIP
members. All players need to do is earn Party Points.
Then, at certain thresholds, theyll receive
rewards for their play, ranging from a $50 cash prize
to a $5,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) buy-in. Other prizes
include $100 in cash, an iPod Touch, $700 in cash,
and a 16 GB iPad, which will likely be one of the
hottest gift items for the holiday season. All prizes
are cumulative, which could make for a pretty full
stocking come Christmas morning.
VIP Gift Accumulator also includes a prize draw that
will shell out $10,000. The top payout in the prize
draw is $5,000, with cash sums of $3,000 and $2,000
also available. The VIP Gift Accumulator promotion
runs from December 1st to 14th, with the prize draw
occurring on December 17th. Players must opt into
the VIP Gift Accumulator in order to participate.
WPT buy-in is good for any event before March 31st.
Players who would rather not head to a live poker
tournament can opt for a cash alternative of $3,500.
In order to check out how many VIP Gift Accumulator
points youve earned, head to your PartyPoker
account after youve opted in.
for the full rundowns of the Five Star Poker Challenge
and VIP Gift Accumulator. (Credit:
Poker News Daily)
Moves For World Poker Tour Assets With Superior Offer
to acquire the World Poker Tour
Purchases WPT Enterprises for $12.3 Million
Poker Tour good legal standing with United States,
Casino open to World Poker Tour proposals, industry
other PartyGaming brands likely to benefit from WTP
Poker Tour Debuts on Fox Sports Net
- PartyGaming deal tipped to boost Hitwise, PokerScout,
Hold 'em Blackjack
World Poker Tour (Abbreviated WPT) is a series of
international poker tournaments featuring most of
the world's professional players. It was started in
the United States by attorney/television producer
Steven Lipscomb, who now serves as CEO of WPT Enterprises
(WPTE), the firm that controls the World Poker Tour.
World Poker Tour is a collection of Texas hold 'em
poker tournaments held internationally, but mainly
in the United States. The television show has led
to a boom in the table game across American homes,
in local casino poker rooms and online. The key sponsors
of the tour are casinos and online poker sites. The
show, which is syndicated internationally, is co-hosted
by World Series of Poker winner Mike
Sexton, and actor Vince Van Patten. Shana Hiatt
served as the show host and sideline reporter in its
first three seasons. Courtney Friel took over the
host role for the fourth season, and Sabina Gadecki
for the fifth. Layla Kayleigh and Kimberly Lansing
began serving as hostesses in season six.
tour had its debut season in the latter part of 2002
and early part of 2003, climaxing with the WPT Championship
in April 2003 at the Bellagio Casino in Las
Vegas, Nevada. The first season aired on the Travel
Channel on American cable television in the spring
of 2003. The show made its network debut on February
1, 2004 on NBC
with a special "Battle Of Champions" tournament,
which aired against CBS coverage of the Super Bowl
XXXVIII pre-game show. The Travel Channel aired the
first five seasons of the Tour. In April 2007, WPTE
announced that the series would move to GSN for its
sixth season in the spring of 2008. The first WPT
tournament to air on GSN, the Mirage Poker Showdown,
debuted on March 24, 2008.
show's hosts Mike
Sexton and Vince Van Patten give the impression
that all of their commentary is recorded live as the
tournament happens, and they have occasionally interacted
with the players during the game. However, their comments
about hole cards are recorded after the tournament
takes place because state gaming regulations prohibit
them from observing a live feed of the "hole
card cameras". Consequently, the broadcast audio
is a mix of the live recording, and commentary recorded
drawing power of the WPT and most other poker tournaments
is that anyone who can pay the "buy-in"
(an amount ranging from $2,500 to $25,000) or win
a "satellite" tournament is able to compete
against the top professional players.
of the show find it interesting because of technical
innovations such as the ability to see the players'
hole cards through a small camera in front of them
on the poker table (an innovation first seen on the
UK program Late Night Poker). With the success of
the show, special programs, such as the "Hollywood
Home Game" (featuring celebrities playing for
charity) and "Ladies Night" (featuring six
top women players) were developed.
2004, the World Poker Tour created a Walk of Fame,
inducting poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen
as well as actor James Garner.
in its fifth season of broadcast, it still remains
among the highest rated television programs on cable.
It airs Wednesdays on the Travel Channel. The first
three seasons of WPT are also available on NTSC DVD.
(The second season DVD set features audio commentary
by several of the players. The third season is only
available in a "Best Of" format, featuring
just half of the episodes.) CITY TV airs the WPT on
Sundays at 4pm PST in Canada with a rebroadcast at
Midnight (or shortly after depending on the length
of their Sunday Night Movie. The series will move
to Monday nights when it moves to GSN in 2008.
series of spin-off tournaments, titled the Professional
Poker Tour, began filming in 2004. Broadcast of the
series was delayed, in part because of a dispute with
the Travel Channel over rights. In the fall of 2005,
WPTE announced that "a cable channel" (believed
to be ESPN) had withdrawn from bidding for the PPT
series, and that WPTE was negotiating with the Travel
Channel to air the series. On January 30, 2006, WPTE
and the Travel Channel announced that they had dismissed
all open lawsuits. The series began regular broadcast
July 5, 2006, but was suspended after one season as
WPTE couldn't find a television home for a second
January 2008, the WPT announced a set of tournaments
for women, known as WPT Ladies. The first season will
have five events, with buy-ins ranging from $300 to
$1,500. The final table of the final event will be
fictional WPT championship match is the setting for
the 2007 feature film Deal. Sexton, Van Patten, and
Friel are slated to play themselves and a number of
other poker professionals and poker-playing celebrities
are reportedly in the cast. The WPT set was shipped
to New Orleans for filming following the season 4
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Championship Begins Saturday - 16th April 2009
Poker News Daily)
Saturday, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship
will kick off from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The
$25,000 buy-in tournament is the last stop of Season
VII and will crown a champion seven days later.
year, David Chiu emerged victorious from a pack of
545 entrants en route to victory. He pocketed $3.4
million for his efforts, one of the largest paydays
in WPT history. The finale featured Chiu take on Full
Tilt Poker pro Gus Hansen, one of the world’s
most feared players. Hansen landed a $1.7 million
consolation prize. Also at the final table were John
Roveto (third for $923,355), Cory “UGOTPZD”
Carroll (fourth for $593,645), Tommy Le (fifth for
$395,725), and Jeff King (sixth for $263,815). A total
of 100 players finished in the money during the Season
VI WPT Championship.
a tournament series that has seen a bevy of events
come and go, the WPT Championship has remained a staple.
The annual end of year gala has seen some of the world’s
top poker players dominate. During the Season V WPT
Championship, “The Spaniard” Carlos Mortensen
triumphed over a field of 639 players and cashed for
$3.9 million. He defeated World Series of Poker (WSOP)
bracelet winner Kirk Morrison heads-up; Morrison took
home $2.0 million for his efforts. Others who claimed
life-changing money were Paul Lee (third for $1.1
million), Guy Laliberte (fourth for $696,220), Tim
Phan (fifth for $464,110), and Mike Wattel (sixth
Season IV final table will go down as one of the most
talented in the history of the WPT. In the end, Joe
Bartholdi, a poker player in his 20s, bested Davidson
Matthew heads-up and grabbed $3.8 million. Roland
de Wolfe, James Van Alstyne, and Men “The Master”
Nguyen also made the final table. During Season III,
Tuan Le outlasted Paul Maxfield heads-up in a tournament
that attracted 453 entrants. The duo were joined by
Hasan Habib, John “The Razor” Phan, European
Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo Grand Final winner Rob
Hollink, and Phil Ivey at the televised final table.
II saw Martin de Knijff battle Habib in the finale,
with the former coming out on top and earning $2.7
million. Matt Matros and recent Bay 101 Shooting Star
Champion Steve Brecher were also at the final table,
taking third and sixth, respectively. The first ever
WPT Championship was held in 2003, with Alan Goehring
defeating Kirill Gerasimov. Goehring earned $1 million
for the win over a final table that also featured
Ivey, Doyle Brunson, and Ted Forrest. The $25,000
buy-in event is the richest of any WPT tournament.
Each event’s winner during the regular season
takes home an entry.
is the schedule for the seventh annual WPT Championship
at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. All times are local:
April 18th, 2009: Day 1A, 12:00pm
Sunday, April 19th, 2009: Day 1B, 12:00pm
Monday, April 20th, 2009: Day 2, 12:00pm
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009: Day 3, 12:00pm
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009: Day 4, 12:00pm
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009: Day 5, 12:00pm
Friday, April 24th, 2009: Day 6, 12:00pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2009: Final Table, TBA
addition to the WPT Championship, a $540 buy-in ClubWPT
side event will take place on April 23rd at 2:00pm.
ClubWPT is the tournament series’ subscription-based
online poker room that accepts customers from the
United States. Super satellites to the Main Event
are also taking place daily. The final opportunity
for players to win their way into the WPT Championship
occurs on Saturday at 10:00pm; super satellite tournaments
boast a $1,590 price tag.
Season VII WPT Championship will air on Fox Sports
Net, which also holds the rights to broadcast Season
VIII of the roving tournament series. New episodes
air on Sunday nights.
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