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MGM MIRAGE Resort Becomes Exclusive Tunica Site for the World Poker Tour®

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss.  –The World Poker Open returns to Tunica for its seventh year and will be held exclusively at Gold Strike Casino Resort. Attended by both nationally and internationally renowned poker players, the Gold Strike World Poker Open begins Jan. 9 and culminates with the World Poker Tour’s championship event January 19-23.  Considered one of the biggest and most successful poker tournaments in the world, Gold Strike is now the exclusive site for the World Poker Tour’s annual televised stop in Tunica.

The World Poker Open will include 10 tournament events, with buy-ins starting from $1000 up to $10,000 for the WPT championship finale. In addition, there will be 10 nightly no-limit hold’em tournaments with a $500 buy-in + $40 entry fee. The popular Ladies No Limit Hold’em tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 with a $300 buy in + $40 entry fee. All tournaments start with double chips, including $20,000 in Championship event.

In addition to a million-dollar prize pool, the winner of the final event will receive a championship bracelet and a $25,500 seat in the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio in April 2006.

The World Poker Open will be hosted by Jack McClelland, one of the world's most respected tournament directors, and current director of poker tournaments at Bellagio. A 25-year industry veteran, McClelland spent 15 years with the World Series of Poker and was the director for the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles for nine years.

“We are thrilled to once again be hosting the high-stakes action of the World Poker Open,” said Kathy Santiago, vice president of casino operations at Gold Strike. “As one of the newest additions to the MGM MIRAGE family, and sister property of the Bellagio and Mirage, we plan to take the tournament to a new level this year. In addition to providing superior service and a first-rate event, by providing double the amount of chips with each buy-in, we are offering the players an opportunity to stay in action longer."

 “Gold Strike has hosted one of the largest events on the Tour each season,” said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc. “We look forward to continuing to grow the poker phenomenon in the Southeast together.”

The Travel Channel will provide full final-table coverage of the World Poker Open for broadcast during its Season IV telecast of the World Poker Tour. The highest rated show ever on The Travel Channel, the WPT is now seen in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. WORLD POKER TOUR® airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Travel Channel.

Media Event Results

Gold Strike World Poker Open 2006 Event Schedule

Jan 9th -18th - 7:15 pm No Limit Hold'em $500 + $40 
. January 9th - No Limit Hold'em $500 - RESULTS

January 10th - Event #1 - Tuesday No Limit Hold'em $1000 + $60* RESULTS

January 11th - Event #2 - Wednesday No Limit Hold'em $1500 + $70*

January 12th - Event #3 - Thursday No Limit Hold'em $2000 + $80*

January 13th - Event #4 - Friday No Limit Hold'em $1000 + $60*

January 14th - Event #5 - Saturday No Limit Hold'em $1500 + $70*
. January 14th - $500 Buy In No Limit Hold'em RESULTS

January 15th - Event #6 - Sunday No Limit Hold'em $2000 + $80*
. January 15th - No Limit Hold'em $500 - RESULTS

•  January 16th - Event #7 - Monday No Limit Hold'em $3000 + $100*
. January 16th - No Limit Hold'em $500 - RESULTS
•  January 17th - Tuesday Super Satellite No Limit Hold'em $1000 + $60** RESULTS

•  January 18th - Wednesday - Super Satellite No Limit Hold'em $1000 + $60** RESULTS

Thurs. - Mon. January 19th - 23rd WPT Championship Event $10,000 + $200***

Thursday January 19th Day ONE of Final Round -

Friday  January 20th Day TWO of Final Round RESULTS
Saturday January 21st Day Three of Final Round Event 10 RESULTS
Sunday January 22nd - At the WPO Finals
Scotty Nguyen Leads with
2,144,000 chip count.
Click here to see the latest and who else has a chance in the Championship Round.

Monday January 23rd - Final Day Results
Final Table Report - by Nolan Dalla
Championship Report - by Nolan Dalla

•  Saturday January 21st Ladies No Limit Hold'em $300 + $40 RESULTS

All Tournaments start at Noon.
All Tournaments start with double chips ($20,000 in Championship Event)
Nightly Tournaments at 7:15, $540 Buy-in

*Winners receives a $10,200 seat in the WPT Championship on January 19, 2006.
**Super Satellites - Offer as many $10,200 seats as possible into January 19th event.
***Champion receives a $25,500 seat in the WPT Championship at the Bellagio April 2006.

Registration and tournament begin January 9, 2006. Gold Strike room rates are $49.00. To make reservations call (888)-24K-Play and ask for the poker room at ext. 1136.

Gold Strike Casino Resort is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGEä, the premier entertainment hotel and gaming company in the world. Located 30 minutes south of Memphis, Tenn., Gold Strike is providing a new standard of excellence for Tunica casinos. The resort features 1,200 oversized luxury rooms and suites, three restaurants, a refreshing spa and salon, an 800-seat showroom, and 50,000 square feet of gaming space with 50 table games and more than 1,400 slot machines. For information, visit Gold Strike’s website at www.goldstrike.com.


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