The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced that a slew of high profile celebrities are expected to compete in this year's WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA, from February 22-24. The invitation-only event will award first place with a piece of the $200,000 prize pool and a $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship at Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this spring. In addition, the last celebrity player standing will see a $10,000 donation made to their charity of choice.
Seventy-five celebrities are slated to participate in the tournament, including Burt Reynolds, James Woods, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Mimi Rogers, Stephen Collins, Jennifer Tilly, Sara Rue, James Garner, Kevin Weisman, David Sutcliffe, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Schneider, Anne Heche, Ron Livingston, Adrian Young, Gavin Maloof, Jeremy Sisto, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Joshua Morrow, Rick Fox, Christopher Rich, and Cindy Margolis.
A number of pro players have also confirmed their attendance, including T.J. Cloutier, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, and Phil Laak. The event will feature a field of approximately 200 players and will be televised on The Travel Channel.
"The World Poker Tour is all about letting people live their dreams and celebrities are no different. They all want to be the one counting the money at the final table," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc., owner of the WPT. "We've made the WPT Invitational, already the most prestigious poker tournament in Hollywood, even better this year by adding an extra day and starting it at night, enabling more celebrities to come after they have completed their filming schedules for the day. We anticipate a blockbuster event!"
Please see www.worldpokertour.com for further details.