Travel Channel Gears Up for Season Two of the World Poker Tour (WPT) With the Premiere of 'World Poker Tour Ladies Night' Wednesday, December 10

Nov 13, 2003, 00:00 ET from Travel Channel

    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.

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