SILVER SPRING, Md., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you celebrate the successful first season of a television show? By giving viewers two new specials. The WORLD POKER TOUR series, which airs on the Travel Channel every Wednesday from 9-11 PM ET/PT, announced today it would air two new programs before the first season culminates with the World Poker Tour Championship on June 25. The two new specials air Sunday, June 22 from 8-11 PM ET/PT, and include the one-hour, The World Poker Tour: A Poker Primer (8-9 PM ET), hosted by actor and poker player Lou Diamond Phillips, and the two-hour, The World Poker Tour: Road to the Championship, (9-11 PM ET/PT). In World Poker Tour: A Poker Primer, Phillips introduces the show and guides viewers on a proverbial Poker 101. Viewers get the ultimate lowdown on the hottest game in town, from vocabulary and strategy, to bluffing and betting-to-win at no-limit Texas Hold 'Em -- widely heralded as the Cadillac(TM) of tournament poker, and the game featured in the WORLD POKER TOUR series. It's the viewers' chance to get the inside scoop -- whether their aspirations are a weekly poker game in the living room, or trying their hand on the professional poker circuit. "Poker is the definitive test of a person's nerve," said Phillips. "It's exciting, it reveals a lot about how each of us performs under pressure. At the level of the WPT pros, the stakes are huge. But whether you're playing for fun or playing for cold hard cash, there's plenty to learn from World Poker Tour: A Poker Primer." The second special, The World Poker Tour: Road to the Championship, is a whirlwind recap of a season of poker action featuring the best plays, the greatest bluffs and the toughest breaks -- everything from the incomparable rush of victory to the gut-wrenching agony of defeat. The Road to the Championship features ten million dollars in prize money won on the tour in some of the most dazzling locations around the world. Viewers get a sneak preview of who to watch in the upcoming World Poker Tour Championship and why they're favorites to capture a piece of the more than $2.6 million overall prize pool. An instant hit, the 13-week WORLD POKER TOUR series has been a ratings success for the Travel Channel, quickly becoming the highest-rated programming on the network in 2003. The series combines the best of sports television with the compelling theater of reality TV shows. Who will bluff their way to the top? Who will cash in all his -- or her -- chips on one last big hand? Expert analysis, varying camera angles -- including close-ups of the players' hole cards -- bring viewers into the action like no other televised poker in history. The show continues to capture new fans, as well as to captivate many of the nation's 50 million poker enthusiasts. Poker has suddenly become the "hot new trend," and the WORLD POKER TOUR is riding the cresting wave of this pop culture phenomenon. Besides Lou Diamond Phillips, Hollywood's hip poker players include Norm MacDonald, Don Cheadle and Meatloaf to name a few. The WORLD POKER TOUR is a joint venture between Steven Lipscomb and Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). Steve Lipscomb is the Executive Producer of WORLD POKER TOUR and Joe Swift is the Executive-in-Charge for the Travel Channel. Visit WORLD POKER TOUR on the Web at www.worldpokertour.com. The Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment. Capturing the fascination, freedom and fun of travel, Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular destinations and inspiring diversions. It is available in more than 70 million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S. Visit Travel Channel on the Web at www.Discovery.com. Lakes Entertainment, Inc. common shares are traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the trading symbol "LACO." The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain information included in this press release (as well as information included in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by Lakes Entertainment, Inc.) contains statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plan for future expansion and other business development activities as well as other capital spending, financing sources and the effects of regulation (including gaming and tax regulation) and competition. 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