SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever on
television, six of the top professional women poker players in the world will
face each other in an exclusive new special, WORLD POKER TOUR LADIES NIGHT,
premiering on the Travel Channel Wednesday, December 10 from 9-11 PM (ET/PT).
The two-hour show will pit some of the toughest, most fascinating and
enigmatic figures in poker against each other as they vie for a $25,000 entry
fee into the World Poker Tour Championship.
The WORLD POKER TOUR series on the Travel Channel has been a huge success,
and among the most intriguing players are the women, who use their charm,
intuition and their remarkable poker acumen to outwit their male competitors.
WORLD POKER TOUR LADIES NIGHT will be the first time that they play
exclusively against each other on national television.
The player roster on WORLD POKER TOUR LADIES NIGHT includes six women,
five of whom have competed in WPT events: Annie Duke, a professional poker
player who is studying for her Ph.D. and is a mother of four; Maureen "Mo"
Feduniak, a grandmother who began playing poker just nine years ago; Cyclona
"Clonie" Gowen, who finished 10th in the World Poker Tour Costa Rica Classic
during season one; Jennifer Harman, widely considered the best female poker
player -- if not poker player in the world; Kathy Liebert, a no-nonsense
professional poker player who, among her many victories, has a million dollar
poker tournament payout under her belt; and first time WPT finalist, Evelyn
Ng, a former blackjack and poker dealer who plays poker five days a week for
six hours or more each day. Both Duke and Harman are former World Champions.
The first season of the WORLD POKER TOUR revolutionized televised poker.
Through expert analysis, varying camera angles and close-ups of the players'
hole cards, the WPT created a whole new element of high-stakes, high-anxiety
excitement. The series has been the most popular programming on the Travel
Channel in 2003, and is the highest-rated series in the network's history.
The WORLD POKER TOUR is currently re-airing on Wednesday nights from 9-11 PM
(ET/PT), and season two is scheduled to premiere in March of 2004.
"The World Poker Tour series has been a runaway success for the network,
and we're excited to preview season two of the tour with the thrilling WORLD
POKER TOUR LADIES NIGHT special," said Travel Channel's Executive Vice
President and General Manager, Rick Rodriguez. "Women have proven themselves
a force to be reckoned with in competitive poker, and this special WPT event
features six of the world's best female players all at one table, showcasing
their formidable poker prowess."
The success of the women players on the WPT has helped attract a larger
audience of women to the show. But the women pros have also proven to be a
big draw for male players who are inspired by their play, and respect their
ability to win despite being underestimated by their competitors.
Collectively these six women have won millions of dollars in their respective
"Once again, World Poker Tour and the Travel Channel are leading the way
with innovative televised poker programming," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and
founder of the World Poker Tour. "The great poker instincts demonstrated by
the female players during the first season of WPT served as the genesis of the
WORLD POKER TOUR LADIES NIGHT. It is high time they finally have their own
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. (traded on the NASDAQ as "LACO").
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 74
million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of
Discovery Communications, Inc.
SOURCE Travel Channel