The World Poker Tour has announced a contract extension with the Bellagio Resort and Casino, ensuring their collaboration through the next two seasons.
According to a recent press release, “The deal ensures keluaran hk will continue to be the exclusive home of the $25,000 buy-in WPT World Championship and the popular Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic through the end of WPT Season XI.”
The move isn’t much of a shocker, considering the success the two sides have enjoyed during their partnership. They’re coming up on the end of Season IX, and business continues to boom.
“Bellagio and WPT have always had a strong alliance in the poker industry,” said Doug Dalton, the venue’s director of poker operations. “We anticipate a competitive field for the 2011 WPT World Championship and look forward to a successful future.”
Also chiming in was WPT president Adam Pliska:
“WPT and Bellagio have been together since day one… In 2002, Gus Hansen won the very first WPT title at the Five Diamond and we’ve been making poker history at Bellagio ever since. We are proud to continue our association with one of the most elite gaming resorts in the world.”
Speaking of history, the contract extension wasn’t the only piece of news from WPT management. They’ve also announced that their $100,000 Super High Roller event will take place under the camera lights, making it the highest buy-in event ever to be televised in the US. Beginning on noon this coming Wednesday, “[Erick] Seidel, Sam Trickett, Justin Smith, Dan Shak, Tony G and others” will line up for the chance to take home this magnificent purse.
Seidel, for his part, is scheduled to play in both the Super High Roller event and the WPT World Championship, which begins this Saturday, May 14. Joining him will be such names as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso, Ali Eslami, Antonio Esfandiari and defending champ David Williams.
WPT World Championship at the Bellagio Final Table Set
The Bellagio in Las Vegas is currently hosting the WPT World Championship $25,00 buy-in. This year’s turnout was excellent with 220 players versus 195 last year. The total prize pool for the event comes to $5,309,500.
After six days of play the final table is set. The last six players chip counts are as follows:
1 Galen Hall 5,095,000
2 Justin Young 1,750,000
3 Tony Gargano 3,550,000
4 Roger Teska 3,600,000
5 Scott Seiver 5,075,000
6 Freddy Bonyadi 2,470,000
Galen Hall is the current chip leader sitting with 5,095,000 in chips. Seems that Hall can’t get enough, all he does is win. It started with him winning the PCA main event in January of this year for $2,300,000. Tonight will be Hall’s chance to win a second massive tournament in one year. Whoever wins this final table will will $1,618,344.
But it won’t be easy. Second in chips is the always dangerous Scott Seiver. Seiver has over $2 Million in lifetime winnings live, 1 WSOP bracelet, plus substantial online winnings. Seiver is close in second with 5,075,000 in chips.
Four more poker pros round out the final table, Justin Young with almost $3 Million in lifetime winnings, Freddy Bonyadi with over $2.4 Million in live winnings, Michigan native Tony Gargano who has over 1.6 Million in wins, and California grinder Tony Gargano. There is tons of play left in this tournament. Tonight we’ll see who plays good, runs good, and wins the $1.6 Million!
Play resumes tonight at 4 PDT. Check back to tomorrow to find out who is the new WPT World Championship 2011 winner!