Wednesday, February 13, 2008

World Poker Tour - WPT Tournaments At Commerce Casino

The 6th annual World Poker Tour Invitational is one of the biggest events of the year and will be held at the world’s largest casino – the Los Angeles’ Commerce Casino. There will be hundreds of famous people including some of the best poker players and some of the top celebrities. The tournament will kick off March 1st and will give the players a chance to play their hardest at Texas Hold ‘Em with all proceeds and winnings going to charity. The player to win may not get any money – but they will get the reputation of being a WPT champion.

This is one of the most exciting times not only for us to watch – but also for celebrities to do more than just walk down the red carpet and vote on who can act and who can’t. We have seen faces like Ben Affleck, Paris Hilton, Vince Vaughn, Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander, Shanna Moakler, and Jon Facreau. Some of the top poker players that we have seen are Antonio Esfandiari, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey. The three day tournament is the most anticipated tournament of the year.

"Being the world's largest poker casino and so close to Hollywood, Commerce sees many pros and celebrities come through its doors each week, but WPT's Invitational tournament is by far and away the most exciting event of the year," stated Director of Poker Operations of Commerce Casino - John Griffo. "What's great about the Invitational is you see them all come together for one night where they aren't just playing for cash, but for charity, respect, and overall - fun."

It is the last remaining 10 celebrities that will be given a cash donation to the charity of their choice as well as a donation to the event sponsor Harbor Private Funds, LLC. WPT Ladies charity partner Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Harbor Private Funds' Harbor Foundation, and Crocs, Inc.'s Soles United, who will each receive a $2,500 donation from WPT.

The event will begin on March 1st where all of the players will walk the red carpet starting at 5:00 p.m. After they arrive they will have a brief cocktail party that has been sponsored by Heineken, V2 Energy Vodka, and ‘Who’s Your Daddy’. Along with enjoying the best to drink they will also get to listen to one of the best female DJ’s that the U.S. has to offer – DJ Casey. This cocktail party gives players a chance to brush up on their skills with some of the best Texas Hold ‘Em ‘trainers’ that the WPT has to offer before they go on to the real tournament.

"We're very excited about the prominent international partners coming on board to elevate the overall event experience while allowing us to increase the impact for important charitable causes," said WPT Chief Marketing Officer - Rose Odeh. "Texas Hold 'Em is a worldwide phenomenon that many celebrities love to play, which makes the Invitational the perfect opportunity to bring together entertainment and philanthropy in a fun, yet competitive environment where everyone walks away a winner - and one person walks away with a World Poker Tour title."

The players to have chips at the end of the first day will be able to keep their chips and play the next day. The final players will be playing for only a portion of the prize pool of $225,000. The player to come in first place will win $100,000 and will be given a $25,000 seat at the WPT World Championship.


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