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No More Football? No Problem. New Talent, New Graphics, New Segments... And Those New Royal Flush Girls With WPT On FSN.


The show that started the poker revolution is back - and unlike you've ever seen it before. The World Poker Tour (WPT), the foremost name in high stakes, televised poker action, spent the last year getting a facelift. The show is new, fresh, hip, edgy - familiar enough to satisfy longtime WPT(R) fans and fresh enough to appeal to a whole new audience.

Airing Sunday nights at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM local on FSN, Season IX of the World Poker Tour debuts on Sunday, February 13, showcasing an entirely fresh look with New Talent, New Graphics, New Segments & Royal Flush Girls:

New Talent
Kimberly Lansing fills the newly created anchor position, serving as the poker world's answer to Bob Costas. Lansing handles interviews, news, moves the show through its paces and throws to the legendary announcing team of Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten to call the action.

Tony Dunst, an irreverent, frank, creative, and young high stakes professional beat out hundreds of hopefuls for the coveted "Raw Deal" commentator position. The Simon Cowell of cards, Dunst's criticism and candor promise to make his Raw Deal segment one of the best additions to this year's WPT broadcast.

New Approach
Coverage from Day 1: The final table is where champions make history, but the real action of any high stakes poker tournament takes place in every hand at every table. This year, for the first time in its long, storied history, the World Poker Tour brings viewers coverage of every tournament from the first hand to the last. See how the biggest names in poker bust out, how the sickest plays impact who stays and who goes home and how the final tablists survived the multi-day gauntlet to earn their place in the top 6.

New Presentation
• 4-color deck. Now each suit is more easily identifiable.
• New theme music, composed by NFL Films' Emmy-Award winning Tom Hedden.
• New statistics.

Royal Flush Girls
Six beautiful, multicultural women, who serve as brand ambassadors for Season IX. Four of the six will be present at every tournament. A favorite of players, the eye-catching Royal Flush Girls will grab viewers' attention from the first second of the broadcast through the championship money presentation.

Each tournament stop will be telecast over two episodes, with the first two installments on Sunday, February 13 and Sunday, February 20 covering the popular Bellagio Cup VI, from the Bellagio Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

"As Season IX rolls out, fans will find all the great poker action they've come to expect with a new, faster-paced, edgier tone," said Steve Heller, CEO of World Poker Tour. "We are introducing new elements, graphics and talent throughout the season. Each week viewers are guaranteed to see something unexpected and uniquely WPT."

"We're very excited about the new season of the World Poker Tour. WPT has really amped up everything about the production and it shows in the product. Sunday nights are again destination viewing for poker fans," said David Sussin, FSN Vice President of Programming.

About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is one of the most recognized names in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based poker tournaments, television, online and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high stakes tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in over 150 countries and is currently filming its all-new ninth season. WPT also offers a unique online subscription and sweepstakes-based poker club, ClubWPT, which is available in 38 states across the U.S. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership and sponsorship opportunities. WPT is a subsidiary of PartyGaming Plc.

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