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Friday, January 11th, 2008

New Female Tour

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

There’s more proof that more and more women are getting into poker–the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced that it is starting an official WPT ladies league and no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament circuit.

With buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500, the tournament circuit will provide multiple opportunities for amateur, semi-pro, and professional female players to test their skills in a tournament environment at prestigious gambling destinations, without having to pay costly five-figure buy-ins, the WPT announced in a news release.

Ladies also will have the chance at each stop to win a WPT title and a seat in the WPT Ladies’ Championship, the WPT said.

“Women are a rising force in poker,” said Robyn Moder, executive vice-president of WPT Studios.

“By bringing a WPT ladies league and tour stops to top gaming destinations across the U.S., we hope to support and perpetuate the evolution of the sport and recognition of the women who play,” she said.

The inaugural season of the WPTL tour is scheduled to begin on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., USA, and is to feature additional tournaments at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., USA; Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Calif., USA and Bay 101 in San Jose, Calif., USA, the WPT announced.

The tour is to conclude with a $1,500 championship tournament at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, the WPT said.

The WPTL championship final table is to be filmed for television broadcast on WPT’s new network home, GSN (formerly the Game Show Network), later this year, the WPT announced.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected]) =A0

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