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WPT Season V: Exit PartyPoker and UltimateBet

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WPT Enterprises, the company behind the World Poker Tour, earlier this week announced the WPT Season V schedule for 2006 and 2007. One new event was added to the 17-stop tour, the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship, hosted by the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. WPT also stated it is dropping the events sponsored by PartyPoker and UltimateBet.

Mandalay Bay Poker Championship

The Mandalay Bay Poker Championship will become the second event of WPT's Season V and is scheduled for June 4-8, 2006. The tournament will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, a tropical-themed resort with over 3,600 rooms owned by MGM Mirage. The WPT now makes four stops at casinos owned by MGM Mirage: The Mirage (The Mirage Poker Showdown), Mandalay Bay (the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship) and the Bellagio (Five Diamond World Poker Classic and WPT World Championship).

Exit PartyPoker and UltimateBet, Enter Foxwoods

WPT also stated it is dropping the events sponsored by PartyPoker and UltimateBet. According to Steve Lipscomb, the CEO of WPT Enterprises: "We've had a great run with both companies, but the circumstances have changed since we elected to launch WPTonline.com, our own international gaming website." Looking at the schedule for Season V it appears the event sponsored by online poker room PokerStars at the Bahamas is still listed.

A second event at Foxwoods, the Foxwood Poker Classic, will replace the PartyPoker Million and be filmed as part of Season IV in April this year. Foxwoods also hosts another WPT event, the World Poker Finals, each November. Foxwoods expects that 4,000 players will register for the new event, resulting in a prize pool of well over $5 million.

Full schedule for Season V of the World Poker Tour

Tournament Location Date
The Mirage Poker Showdown The Mirage, Las Vegas May 14-17, 2006
Mandalay Bay Poker Championship Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Jun 4-8, 2006
Grand Prix de Paris Aviation Club, Paris Jun 12-16, 2006
Legends of Poker The Bicycle Casino, LA Aug 26-30, 2006
Borgata Poker Open The Borgata, Atlantic City Sep 15-19, 2006
North American Poker Championship ? Oct 23-27, 2006
World Poker Finals Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket Nov 11-14, 2006
Five Diamond World Poker Classic Bellagio, Las Vegas Dec 15-19, 2006
PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure Paradise Island, Bahamas Jan 6-13, 2007
World Poker Open Gold Strike Casino, Tunica Jan 21-25, 2007
L.A. Poker Classic Commerce Casino, LA Feb 15-20, 2007
WPT Invitational Commerce Casino, LA Feb 21-23, 2007
Bay 101 Shooting Star Bay 101, San Jose Feb 27-Mar 3, 2007
World Poker Challenge Reno Hilton, Reno Mar 26-29, 2007
WPT World Championship Bellagio, Las Vegas Apr 21-27, 2007

Please note: Two additional tournaments to be confirmed at a later date.

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