High Stakes Circuit Event Makes It Two-In-A-Row for New Orleans Casino
NEW ORLEANS, April 20, 2006 - The high-stakes action of the World Series of Poker, the richest sporting event on the planet, is coming to Harrah's New Orleans, May 18 - 28.
Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Poker Challenge brings the nationally televised poker tour to Harrah's New Orleans for the second consecutive year. The final table on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. will be videotaped for future telecast on ESPN.
The Tower Room at the Bellagio was the locale for the final table of the WPT World Championship where dozens of media reps and hundreds of die hard poker fans showed up to soak in the largest event in the history of the World Poker Tour. Six players survived a field of 606 who all bought in for $25,000. After six days of intense poker, they were ready to play for the record $3.7 million first place prize.
The Fontana Room at the Bellagio was the center of attention in the poker universe for a sixth straight day at the 2006 WPT Championship. Out of 606 daring players who bought in for $25,000, just 19 remained fighting over the $14 million purse. Those 19 players started Day 6 trying to be one of the 6 players who'd make the final TV table in search of the coveted $3.7 million first place prize. The remaining players were positioning themselves for a shot at the final table and played tentative for most of the day. They did not want to come this far and bubble out of the final TV table.
Day 4 of the WPT Championship started with 204 players trying to survive the money bubble, as the top 100 players would win a piece of the record $14 million prize pool. Hordes of camera happy spectators and autograph seeking railbirds flocked to the outskirts of the majestic Fontana Room at the Bellagio on a lazy Friday in Las Vegas to watch some of the best poker players in the world battle it out for a $3.7 million first place prize.
As the fifth day of the WPT Championship began, 71 players entered the Fontana room at the Bellagio looking to survive another day in their quest to win $3.7 million for first place. Everyone at this point made the money, so the short stacks were looking to double up while the big stacks were hoping to maintain their lead. WPT Foxwoods Champion Victor Ramdin started the day as the chipleader and was looking to win back-to-back events on the WPT, something that has never been done before. The big sharks were all eliminated before dinner time.
The young gun from Finland Patrik Antonius likes playing at the Bellagio. The former model from Helsinki took second place at the WPT Five Diamond Classic in December. He made two final tables on the EPT in 2005 with a victory at the Baden Classic in Austria. He won $1.6 million in tournaments in 2005 and is looking for his first cash in a major tournament in 2006. Antonius is currently the chipleader with over $554K. He won a few big pots including winning a coinflip when he busted Mark Seif.
The final event of the fourth season of the World Poker Tour started today at the Bellagio in the prestigious Fontana Room. Some of the best players in the world will be playing in the $25,000 buy in WPT Championship event, along with every winner on the WPT this year. The first round is broken into two flights with the first flight starting Monday and the second flight starting on Tuesday.
One of poker's most colorful characters died Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas. Puggy Pearson was one on the legends of the game and is generally credited with developing the concept of modern tournament poker. While playing in some marathon games in Reno he proposed the format and coined the term "freeze-out" to describe his idea of all players starting with the same amount of chips and playing until only one player remained holding all the money. The idea was carried south to Benny Binion and his Horseshoe Casino and the World Series of Poker was born.
The Fontana Room has once again morphed into the Bellagio's Five-Star Poker Tournament's five-star poker room that is supplemented by additional tables in the Bellagio's European-plush main poker room. An outdoor veranda with super views of the famous dancing fountains water and sound shows adds to the excitement of the events, also the only place most laptop aircards can get a signal so a favorite roost for the poker journalist.
The Venetian Poker Room officially opened on Sunday evening with a star studded Invitational Grand Opening Tournament. 284 players took their seats for an opportunity to drive home in a new dazzling yellow Lotus.
Expecting about 200 players and having closer to 300 show up proved to be no problem for this inaugural event. The shuffle up and deal command went out a little after 9:00 PM and 7 hours later Beatric Stranzixger scooped the remainder of Carlos Mortensen's chips to claim the keys to the exotic sports car.