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Two Day Fantasy WPT Boot Camp for Poker Players Provides Instruction from Pros and World Poker Tour Hosts.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Want to make dad a better poker player for Father's Day? Try enrolling him in WPT Boot Camp™. "Official WPT Poker Sets" Awarded Free with Each Gift Certificate Purchase. Dad may even win a seat at a WPT playing WPT satellite tournaments. If your dad secretly harbors a desire to make a WORLD POKER TOUR(R) Final Table, or just to clean out his buddies at the weekly poker game, than there's a can't miss gift that will be almost as good as "a royal flush on the river."

It's the two-day WPT BOOT CAMP, a chance to learn directly from poker champions and the WORLD POKER TOUR(R) hosts, picking up enough card-playing skills to put dad on the "Fast Track to the Final Table™."

A fantasy camp for poker enthusiasts, WPT BOOT CAMP is designed to give amateurs an intensive emersion in poker strategy over a weekend. Instruction comes from WPT™ commentators Mike Sexton and Vincent Van Patten, as well as poker expert Alex "The Insider" Outhred, the man behind the camera who analyzes all hands played at WPT Final Tables. This core instructional group is augmented with a slate of poker experts including WPT Ladies' Night champion Clonie Gowen, WPT Young Guns champion Scott Fischman, WPT Battle of Champions winner Ron Rose and Linda Johnson, known as "The First Lady of Poker." Johnson, a World Series champion, is also the on-set host of the WPT tournaments.

Each informative WPT BOOT CAMP limits enrollment to only 60 students so the learning experience is maximized. The cost is $1,495 per person, and seats can be reserved at or by calling 866-WPT-BOOT. Gift certificates are available, but since handing dad an envelope isn't quite as exciting as a wrapped package, in an exclusive promotion WPT Boot Camp has arranged for anyone purchasing a gift certificate to receive free of charge the handsome "Official World Poker Tour Poker Set." Enclosed in a fine handmade wood case, this elegant set from U.S. Playing Card is endorsed by the world's top casinos. It features 400 11.5-gram heavyweight, professional quality clay-filled poker chips that bear the distinctive WPT logo, two tournament-quality WPT Logo Decks and an Official World Poker Tour Rules Book. It retails for $129.

Gift certificate recipients can select the camp of their choice to match the ideal date, location and instructor. The WPT BOOT CAMP schedule is as follows, but other dates will be added. Attendees should check the website for additional sites and dates:
Los Angeles, CA Commerce Casino 7/23-7/24 Scott Fischman
Las Vegas, NV The Mirage 8/6-8/7 Mike Sexton
Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino 8/13-8/14 Mike Sexton
Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Hotel 9/10-9/11 Alex Outhred
Los Angeles, CA Commerce Casino 10/8-10/9 Linda Johnson
Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino 10/15-10/16 Linda Johnson
Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 12/10-12/11 Alex Outhred

Camp attendees are tutored on all aspects of competitive tournament Texas Hold'Em Poker. A portion of the WPT BOOT CAMP coursework is also based on Mike Sexton's new book, WPT: Shuffle Up and Deal (HarperCollins) being released in March. WPT BOOT CAMP students will receive a copy of the book upon graduation while supplies last.

Coursework is carefully constructed to compress the poker learning curve. Sessions feature an integrated curriculum that includes live lectures, archived WPT video footage, game play, and personal secrets from poker superstars. Students receive hands-on training filled with tips and tools to help them better understand the "tells," "reads," and strategies integral to improving their game. For starters, students learn to identify their unique skills and the skills of opponents. They then explore the mathematics of poker, followed by instruction specific to Texas Hold'Em. Lastly, students will get tutelage on how to approach tournament play. If dad performs well in tournament play at the Boot Camp, he may be rewarded with entry into a WPT sponsored satellite tournament.

Here's what Earl Burton, writer for recently said of WPT BOOT CAMP: " should be at WPT Boot Camp!...the small numbers of students attending the course, the excellent material provided from the WPT and, without a doubt, the knowledge and experience provided by instructors Clonie Gowen and Alex Outhred was an indispensable part of the experience. I walked away ...on Sunday night with a newfound confidence in my game. When they say it is "the Fast Track to the Final Table," the WPT Boot Camp is telling it like it is!"

WPT BOOT CAMP is the brainchild of Ron Rubens and Steven Berman, co-founders of River Gaming, LLC. The duo developed the program after years of work in the gaming industry and prior experience producing instructional seminars. River Gaming is a licensee of WPT Enterprises, Inc., which holds an ownership interest in the WPT BOOT CAMP.

"WPT BOOT CAMP is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any man who loves the game," said Berman. "Families will want to pool their resources and give dad a gift that he will long remember, and might even help him win a "monster pot"- as they say in poker!"

About The World Poker Tour
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a media and entertainment company engaged in the creation of branded entertainment through the development, production and marketing of televised programming based on poker and other gaming themes. To date, operations have principally revolved around the creation of the World Poker Tour brand through the production and licensing of a reality television series exhibited on the Travel Channel that is based on a circuit of previously established high-stakes poker tournaments that has been affiliated under the "World Poker Tour" brand. WPT Enterprises, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). Major online poker rooms provide satellite tournaments to WPT events. Check out Absolute Poker's or Royal Vegas Poker's current tournaments to win seats.

Source: World Poker Tour Boot Camp Media.

Tags: Boot Camp, World Poker Tour, WPT.

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