W Las Vegas to host exclusive poker event at Sundance Film Festival

The W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences will host the first-ever W Las Vegas Poker Invitational at the Sundance Film Festival, which began yesterday in Park City, Utah. The tournament is part of a series of promotional events being run at the W Las Vegas Residences Lounge during the nine-day festival.

The high-profile tournament will only be open to 50 players, and will award the first-place winner with a fully-furnished condo in the new W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences development when it opens in 2009.

The W Las Vegas Poker Invitational will be a private, invitation-only tournament and cocktail reception featuring various celebrities and a slew of world-famous pro players, including Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, and Phil Laak.

"The W Las Vegas wanted to offer our friends in the film industry an exclusive first look at the vision we have created for our new property," said Reagan Silber, co-chairman of Edge Resorts, who, in a joint venture with W Hotels Worldwide, is bringing the W Hotel brand to Las Vegas.

"This year's film festival was the ideal venue."

Residences in the luxurious Las Vegas development will go on sale to the public in the spring of 2006.

The W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences will be located at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane, 500 meters east of the Las Vegas Strip, and will include a casino, a Bliss Spa, a fitness center, and hotel and residential units.

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