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Casino News: WPT, Celebrity Invitational, Creative Coalition

February 6, 2007.

World Poker Tour Partners With The Creative Coalition For 5th Annual WPT Celebrity Invitational.

wptnew WPT Enterprises, Inc. today announced that it has partnered for the first time with The Creative Coalition (TCC) for the fifth anniversary of the most glamorous stop on the poker circuit - the World Poker Tour ® (WPT) Celebrity Invitational.

The red carpet, invitation-only event welcomes Hollywood’s hottest celebrities and poker’s best who battle it out in a three-day Texas Hold ‘Em tournament for charity, cash and bragging rights. The last celebrity standing in the tournament receives a $10,000 donation to their favorite charity, while the winner of the tournament receives $100,000 and a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship in April, 2007 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Additionally, the WPT will donate $10,000 to TCC.

TCC is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“This strategic partnership with The Creative Coalition is truly an ideal step to elevate this event in our fifth anniversary season,” said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPTE. “We look forward to working with and watching the TCC in action—in addition to being renowned for their amazing events, they are such a well-respected organization rich in entertainment history and education. We are excited to see the best Celebrity Invitational yet.”

About WPTE
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the World Poker Tour®, a television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs on the Travel Channel in the United States and more than 150 markets globally. With the WPT in its fifth season, WPTE has launched a second series on the Travel Channel, the Professional Poker Tour™, which focuses on the play of poker’s leading stars. WPTE currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware. For show information, tools for improving poker play, and other WPT news, fans may log on to www.worldpokertour.com. WPTE is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO).

Source: WPTE


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