Satellite tournaments already running seven days a week in Fallsview
NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Texas Hold 'Em players looking to
compete against the giants of the game are already flocking to the poker room
at Fallsview Casino Resort to take part in satellite tournaments hoping to win
a seat in the World Poker Tour(R)'s (WPT) 2007 North American Poker
The North American Poker Championship - the only Canadian stop on the
World Poker Tour - will be held in Fallsview Casino Resort's Grand Hall from
October 26 to November 2.
"Given the incredibly positive feedback we got from the players last
year, we think we could surpass our 2006 total of 497 players," said Greg
Medulun, Director of Communications for Fallsview Casino Resort. "Everyone
seemed to love playing in this event, which is exactly what we want to hear
since a bigger field means a bigger prize purse."
Players can buy directly into the main event of the North American Poker
Championship for $10,300CDN or they can battle their way to the main event
through the satellite tournaments, which have entry fees as low as $90 CDN.
"One of the reasons the WPT is so exciting is that amateur players who
have been honing their skills in casino poker rooms, in home games and online
can earn a shot at playing with the pros by qualifying through the satellite
tournaments," said Medulun. "They don't need sponsors or big bank rolls and
they don't need to go through a pro draft or catch the eye of a talent scout.
If they have the right combination of skill and luck in the satellites, they
get to play in the big leagues."
Last year, Oshawa, Canada, resident Soren Turkewitsch entered a satellite
at the $90CDN level and went on to win the 2006 North American Poker
Championship bracelet along with more than $1 million CDN in cash.
Turkewitsch survived a field that included some of the biggest names on
the World Poker Tour, including fellow Canadians Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu,
Gavin Smith and Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier, as well as Costa Rican Humberto
Brenes, Spaniard Carlos Mortenson, American John Juanda and Dan Harrington, a
true poker legend and the author of the Harrington on Hold 'Em series of poker
'How To' books.
The 2006 North American Poker Championship was the first WPT event ever
held in Canada.
Members of the public interested in registering for the North American
Poker Championship main event or those looking for more information -
including satellite structures, dates and fees - can call Fallsview's
toll-free WPT Hotline at 1-866-5-POKER-5. Those interested in registering for
a satellite tournament can visit the Poker Room at Fallsview Casino Resort.
The satellite tournament structure, blind structure and all rules and
regulations are also available by visiting www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com.
About Fallsview Casino Resort
Built on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview
Casino Resort is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada
and the crown jewel in Niagara's stunning array of wonders. Fallsview features
a casino with over 3,000 slot machines and 142 gaming tables, a 16-table poker
room, a 374-room luxury hotel, a full-service spa and fitness centre, dozens
of dining and shopping options, the intimate 1,500-seat Avalon Theatre and
over 30,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation
of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the
development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on
gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the World Poker Tour(R), a television
show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs on the
Travel Channel in the United States and is scheduled to begin broadcasting on
GSN in early 2008. WPT is licensed for broadcast globally. WPTE also offers
real-money online gaming on its website, www.worldpokertour.com..com, which
prohibits wagers from players in the U.S. and certain other restricted
territories. WPTE currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of
poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless
entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware. The company
is also engaged in the sale of corporate sponsorships. For show information,
tools for improving poker play, and other WPT news, fans may log on to
www.worldpokertour.com. WPTE is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes
Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). Photos and media information can be found
online at: www.worldpokertour.com/media
For further information:
For further information: Greg Medulun, Director of Communications,
Fallsview Casino Resort, (905) 371-7630, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Lyndsay LaGree, Senior Manager, Public Relations, World Poker Tour, (323)