The World Poker Tour will bring its
televised high-limits poker tournament to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi
on Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
The event, the first televised poker tournament on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast, is one of 19 stops in Season VI of the
World Poker Tournament.
"The timing is just perfect" with the tournament starting on
the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the attention of
the country focused on the area, said Beau Rivage spokeswoman Mary
The final day of the tournament will be televised on the Game
Show Network in early 2008. WPT action from Season V currently airs
Wednesday nights on the Travel Channel.
The Beau Rivage Gulf Coast Poker Championship will give fans the
opportunity to watch celebrity players on the coast.
Poker stars Scotty Nguyen, J.C. Tran, John Phan and Vanessa
Rousso will be among those competing for an anticipated
million-dollar prize purse, a diamond bracelet and a $25,500 seat
in the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio in April 2008,
Spectators can watch the action from the rail in the Magnolia
Ballroom of the Beau Rivage.
About 300 players start in satellite tournaments, which run Aug.
29 through Sept. 5. The WPT tournament begins Sept. 6 and when the
chip totals rise and the field is whittled down to the Final 10 on
Sept. 9, the ballroom is transformed into a television set.
Ten tournaments, including a ladies' no-limit hold 'em, are
scheduled over the 12 days. The Mega Satellites WPT Havoc Sports
Drink will reward the best all-around player with a $10,000 seat at
Gold Strike Casino World Poker Open in Tunica.
"This is the first time we've ever done this on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast," said Cracchiolo.
MGM has hosted championships at MGM sister properties Mirage,
Mandalay and Gold Strike in Tunica.
The CEO of WPT, Steve Lipscomb said, "The MGM Mirage properties
are always successful in promoting and establishing our
tournaments, and when we decided to add new four stops to Season
VI, Beau Rivage was an obvious choice."