Connecticut lodge Foxwoods Resort Casino, a regular stop on the World Poker Tour (WPT) television series, will introduce the first official WPT-themed poker room in late March, it was revealed earlier this week. According to a press release issued by World Poker Tour Enterprises, Inc., owner of the WPT, the east coast resort's newly expanded poker room will debut bearing the name and style of the WPT.
"It's a very exciting landmark for the World Poker Tour," said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises, Inc. "This is the point when our brand truly moves into the casino in a major way. We've licensed our name to slot machines and gaming tables, and this is the next significant step - the evolution of the WPT brand at the casino level. Poker players will experience the WPT excitement first hand in an environment that evokes the cool, classy, charismatic character of our show. We applaud our partners at Foxwoods for continuing to expand the benefits of our mutual relationship."
The new poker room will boost the number of poker tables at the resort by more than 40%, from 76 to 114. The expansion will enable the casino to host larger tournaments which will in turn result in greatly increased prize pools. The poker room will feature new poker technology, including the use of LED table components, automatic card shufflers, and a state-of-the-art seating system. It will be a smoke-free environment and will offer a new 100+ seat restaurant, located adjacent to the poker area.
"This is a significant step for poker and further proof that the WPT and Foxwoods are a formidable team," said Kathy Raymond, director of poker operations at Foxwoods. "We continually strive to lead the way when it comes to poker, and this new expanded state-of-the-art room will give our players a truly memorable experience."
Foxwoods was the very first gaming venue to sign on to the WPT when it debuted four years ago, and has since become one of the premiere charter members, having staged some of the largest events in the WPT's history.