On Thursday, the World Poker Tour reported that former Poker After Dark hostess Marianela Pereyra would take over WPT anchor duties while Kimberly Lansing is on maternity leave. Marianela’s first event will be the WPT Venice televised final table from Feb. 6 through 11, 2012.
“The innovative position of WPT Anchor is integral to the World Poker Tour, and Kimberly Lansing has done a fantastic job establishing this role,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “Marianela has impressive experience in the poker community and we know she’ll fit right in with the WPT family.”
In addition to having hosted PAD, Marianela has covered events for outlets such as ESPN, CBS Sports and Fox Sports; moreover, she served as a VJ for FUSE TV.
“I’m thrilled to be given such an incredible opportunity,” she said of joining the WPT. “It’s an honor to be filling in for Kimberly Lansing and I’m really looking forward to being part of the World Poker Tour.”
In addition to Venice, Marianela will be traveling to various stops throughout 2012. Here is a look at the upcoming 2012 WPT schedule:
WPT Season X Schedule 2012
|WPT Venice||Casino de Venezia Venice, Italy||February 6–11, 2012||€4,950|
|LA Poker Classic||Commerce Casino Los Angeles, Calif.||February 24-29, 2012||$10,000|
|Bay 101 Shooting Star||Bay 101 San Jose, Calif.||March 5-9, 2012||$10,000|
|Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown||Seminole Hard Rock Casino Resort Hollywood, Fla.||April 18-23, 2012||$10,000|
|WPT Jacksonville||Jacksonville Poker Room Jacksonville, Fla.||April 28-May 2, 2012||$5,000|
|WPT World Championship||Bellagio Las Vegas, Nev.||May 19-26, 2012||$25,500|
|WPT World Championship Super High Roller||Bellagio Las Vegas, Nev.||May 23-25, 2012||$100,000|
*Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour Blog. Taken by Michael Polizzi.