World Poker Tour coming to Biloxi's Beau Rivage

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,

officials said.

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."


Information from: The Sun Herald,