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WORLD POKER TOUR Announced The Return Of The Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship To Bellagio In Las Vegas.

(Los Angeles, CA) - WORLD POKER TOUR™ (WPT) announced today the return of the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship to Bellagio in Las Vegas, October 18-21. The tournament was created by the WPT to pay tribute to Brunson, who remains one of the most venerable names in poker with five decades of experience at the table. "Texas Dolly" captured the first of his nine World Champion bracelets in 1976 and his first WPT win at the Season III Legends of Poker tournament at the Bicycle Casino.

Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen will return to defend his title and take a chance at adding to the $1,000,000 he pocketed in his second career WPT Final Table appearance. Mortenson, a World Series champion, also made the Final Table in the first WPT event at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Last year's Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship attracted 312 players for a total prize pool of $3,026,400. The inaugural event drew amateur and professional players alike, including Gus Hansen, Phil Laak, Phil Ivey, Annie Duke and the star of his namesake tournament - Doyle Brunson.

The WORLD POKER TOUR builds momentum as it continues into Season IV. Altogether the WPT has awarded more than $100 million cumulatively through its first three years. It is estimated the prize pool just for Season IV could reach $90 to $100 million at the current rate of expansion.

The WPT launched the poker phenomenon when it first aired on the Travel Channel on March 30, 2003, and it continues to lead the way in developing poker as a major international sport. The WORLD POKER TOUR is the highest rated series in the history of the Travel Channel, airing Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For information on tournament and satellite entry, log on to or take part in the satellites tournaments at Prima Poker Network rooms (Royal Vegas Poker as one of the best) or Absolute Poker room.

About WPT Enterprises, Inc.
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the WORLD POKER TOUR®, a television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs on the Travel Channel in the United States and more than 100 countries and territories globally. WPT Enterprises currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware.


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