The World Poker Tour brings in its sixth season with a move to a new network and a new hostess to show viewers inside. WPT Enterprises, Inc. and its new broadcast partner, Game Show Network, have released the 2008 WPT television schedule, which features 23 two-hour episodes. The season premieres in its new GSN timeslot Monday, March 24 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), kicking off with the Mirage Poker Showdown.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to have GSN as our partner, and the new home of WPT," said Steve Lipscomb, WPTE president, founder and CEO. "GSN and WPT are dedicated to collectively broadening the poker experience for fans and viewers, and cannot wait to kick off our best season yet."
The new season will feature three new tour stops and the debut of hostess Layla Kayleigh. Kayleigh has previously appeared on G4 and Fox Sports Net and replaces Sabina Gadecki, who hosted the show for one season. Also new is WPT live update online hostess Kimberly Lansing, who will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament action that led up to the final tables. Announcers Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten return for their sixth season as well. The WPT will follow the popular "High Stakes Poker" cash-game series on GSN.
"The WPT is one of the strongest brands on television, and poker fans will enjoy the action every Monday night on GSN," said Jamie Roberts, senior vice president of programming for GSN. "With the popularity of our original cash game 'High Stakes Poker' and the World Poker Tour, there is no better place to watch poker on television."
The WPT schedule begins with two events from Las Vegas, and continues to feature stops at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, Bellagio in Las Vegas, Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. and many others. International stops include Barcelona, Spain, Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies and Niagara Falls, Canada.
Among this season's WPT highlights are a showdown at the North American Poker Classic between Barry Greenstein and WPT Season VI PoY contender Jonathan Little, the popular WPT Ladies Night, the Foxwoods World Poker Finals, the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic, the upcoming WPT Celebrity Invitational at Commerce in Los Angeles and the WPT World Championship this summer.
WPT SEASON VI SCHEDULE
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Mirage Poker Showdown The Mirage, Las Vegas
Bellagio Cup III (Part 1) Bellagio, Las Vegas
Bellagio Cup III (Part 2) Bellagio, Las Vegas
Legends of Poker Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles
North American Poker Classic Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Canada
Mandalay Bay Poker Championship Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Borgata Poker Open Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City
WPT Ladies Night V Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles
Turks and Caicos Poker Classic The Players Club, Turks and Caicos,
British West Indies
Gulf Coast Poker Championship Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS
WPT Spanish Championship Casino Barcelona, Spain
Foxwoods World Poker Finals Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic Bellagio, Las Vegas
World Poker Open (Part 1) Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
World Poker Open (Part 2) Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
Borgata Poker Classic Borgata, Atlantic City, NJ
L.A. Poker Classic Commerce Casino, Los Angeles
WPT Celebrity Invitational Commerce Casino, Los Angeles
Bay 101 Shooting Star Bay 101, San Jose, CA
World Poker Challenge Grand Sierra Resort, Reno
Foxwoods Poker Classic Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
WPT Ladies Championship Bellagio, Las Vegas
WPT World Championship Bellagio, Las Vegas
All events are re-aired Monday nights at Midnight ET/PT and the following Sunday evenings at 7-9 PM ET/PT. (Schedule is subject to change.)