Joe Bartholdi wins WPT World Championship

The 2006 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship has announced a winner: Las Vegas resident Joe Bartholdi. The pro player walked away from the final table $3.67 million richer, having defeated 604 players from nearly 40 countries to take the WPT World Champion title and a seat to the 2007 WPT World Championship at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino next year.

"This tournament captures the dream and the reason we created the World Poker Tour," says Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises, Inc. "The Championship is an open event where anyone with the drive and courage to enter can test his or her skills against the best players in the world. This final table match-up will absolutely fuel the poker fantasies of millions of players. We congratulate Joe and welcome him to our family of WPT Champions."

Bartholdi was cheered on by a sizable hometown crowd. His post- tournament plans include taking his cheering section out to "celebrate for a while," and once the party ends he intends to go out and "buy a house." His friends were also heard to be talking about a Bartholdi-funded trip to the Caribbean.

Final table results were as follows:

1st Joe Bartholdi U.S.A. $3,760,165
2nd David Matthew Canada $1,903,950
3rd Roland De Wolfe England $1,025,205
4th Claus Nielson U.S.A. $659,120
5th James Van Alstyne U.S.A. $439,375
6th Men "the Master" Nguyen U.S.A $292,915

The tournament marked the closest yet that a woman has come to making the final table of the WPT World Championship. Vanessa Russo of Miami, FL, finished "on the bubble" -- seventh -- and took home $263,625.

The 2006 WPT World Championship will bring the excitement coast-to-coast when it airs on the Travel Channel on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).

Please see WPT World Championship for further details about this year's event.

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