Come Out and Experience the Excitement of the World Poker Tour as Travel Channel Begins Filming Season Three

- Media Are Invited to See First-hand What Makes the

World Poker Tour a Wednesday Night Phenomenon -

Jul 22, 2004, 01:00 ET from Travel Channel

    SILVER SPRING, Md., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine hearing the sound of
 thousands of multi-colored clay chips being shuffled in an impromptu chorus.
 Or the sight of hundreds of fans standing five-deep, craning their necks and
 standing on their tiptoes to catch a glimpse of their favorite player.  Or the
 gut-wrenching anxiety of a player who has summoned the nerve to push several
 hundred thousand dollars in chips all-in on a stone cold bluff.  Well, what
 are you waiting for?  Season Three of the WORLD POKER TOUR (WPT) is currently
 in production and you're invited to experience what makes the WPT the hottest
 poker game around and Wednesday the coolest night on television.
     The WPT, which airs Wednesday nights from 9-11 PM (ET/PT), features the
 best of the high stakes, high anxiety world of tournament poker.  Season
 Three, being filmed from July 2004 through April 2005, will consist of more
 than 15 poker tournaments filmed in casinos and cards rooms around the world
     Date           Tournament                Casino            Location
     July 29-
     Aug. 1      The Mirage Poker Showdown  The Mirage        Las Vegas, NV
     Aug. 28-31  Legends of Poker           The Bicycle       Bell Gardens, CA
     Sept 19-22  Borgata Poker Open         Borgata Hotel     Atlantic City, NJ
                                             & Casino
     Sept 28-
     Oct. 1      Ultimate Poker Classic   Aruba
     Nov. 14-17  World Poker Finals         Foxwoods Resort   Mashantucket, CT
     Dec. 12-16  Five Diamond World Poker   Bellagio          Las Vegas, NV
     Jan. 8-15 (Cruise)    To Be Determined
     Jan. 24-27  Jack Binion World Poker    Horseshoe & Gold  Tunica, MS
                  Open                       Strike Casinos
     Feb. 19-22  L.A. Poker Classic         Commerce Casino   Commerce, CA
     Feb. 23-24  WPT Invitational           Commerce Casino   Commerce, CA
                  (Celebrity Pro/Am)
     Mar. 9-11   Shooting Star Tournament   Bay 101 Card Club San Jose, CA
     Mar. 19-26  PartyPoker Million    Cruise to Mexico
     Mar 29-
     Apr. 1      World Poker Challenge      Reno Hilton       Reno, NV
     Apr. 18-24  WPT Championship           Bellagio          Las Vegas, NV
     Season Three, premiering in March 2005, will bring viewers the expert
 analysis, multiple camera angles, varying player personalities and the
 patented WPT Cam -- which shows close-ups of the hole cards -- that turned
 televised poker on its ear.
     The WORLD POKER TOUR concluded Season Two on June 30 with an $8.5 million
 prize pool on the World Poker Championship.  Currently, encore programs are
 presented every Wednesday night at 9 PM (ET/PT).  Upcoming premieres include
 the specials BAD BOYS OF POKER on September 8, STARS OF DISCOVERY on November
 21 and LADIES NIGHT on December 15.
     The WORLD POKER TOUR series is produced for the Travel Channel by World
 Poker Tour, LLC.  Steven Lipscomb is the show's creator and serves as
 executive producer.  Joe Swift is the executive producer for the Travel
 Channel.  World Poker Tour, LLC is a joint venture between Lipscomb and Lakes
 Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:   LACO).
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 Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular
 destinations and inspiring diversions.  It is available in more than 75
 million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of
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