WPT launches ladies tour

Mary Jones Meyer
Who will reign as queen of the new World Poker Tour Ladies tour?

With the boom in poker over the years, the poker tables are seeing more and more women entering tournaments around the world. If Katja Thater and Annette Obrestad are any indicators from 2007, the ladies can play and now the World Poker Tour is giving them an arena to call their own.

The WPT announced today it is launching an official WPT ladies league and No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament circuit, the WPT Ladies.

"Women are a rising force in poker," said Robyn Moder, WPT Studios executive vice president. "By bringing a WPT ladies league and tour stops to top gaming destinations across the U.S., we hope to support and perpetuate the evolution of the sport and recognition of the women who play."

The inaugural season of the WPTL tour begins Jan. 20 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

The tour schedule is:

Event Location
Jan. 20
Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City
Feb. 2-3
Commerce Casino, Los Angeles
March 16
Bay 101, San Jose, Calif.
March 29
Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.
April 13-14 Bellagio Ladies' Championship, Las Vegas
April 25 Ladies' Championship final table

"With buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500, the tournament circuit provides multiple opportunities for amateur, semi-pro and professional female players to test their skills in a tournament environment at prestigious gaming destinations without having to pay a costly five-figure buy-in," said the WPT in a press release.

"Ladies also will have the chance at each stop to win a WPT title and a seat in the WPT Ladies' Championship."

The Ladies' Championship will conclude the first season of the WPTL. It will take place in April at the Bellagio, which will also be hosting a player party in conjunction with the event.

The championship will also give the ladies a chance for time in the spotlight as the final table will be filmed for broadcast on GSN for later this year.

The Ladies' Championship will be a way for female players to give a little something back as well. The WPTL is partnering with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, giving players a chance to make a donation at each stop, and 15% of the $1,500 championship buy-in will be donated to the organization.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists who are fighting to save lives by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find a cure.

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