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 Bellagio 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.