WSOP gaming expo returns as PokerPalooza

Bobble heads are just one of the prime finds at past WSOP Gaming Lifestyle Expos.

The Gaming Lifestyle Expo has a new face for 2009.

Returning as PokerPalooza, the event will expand the poker expo's focus on fun, social and interactive elements.

"It's going to be part trade show, part carnival, all fun," said Ty Steward, marketing director for the WSOP.

PokerPalooza will take place in the Rio Pavilion in the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas July 2-5, overlapping with the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

This year the exhibit is split into several interactive zones with something to offer new poker players as well as those that have been in the game for years. The zones are:

  • Poker Media
  • Poker Education
  • Arcade
  • Poker Retail
  • Poker Circuit
  • WSOP History
  • "Lap of Luxury"
  • "Bad Beat Bar"
  • Food/Beverage

PokerPalooza will bring in the usual tradeshow fare with plenty of poker wares and services on display. In the past there have been novelty chip sellers, poker bobble heads, poker rooms and more.

This year there is also expected to be autograph signings, book signings and seminars conducted by multiple WSOP champions.

For those looking for a little more action at the PokerPalooza, the expo includes a mechanical bull courtesy of Stoney's, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, sumo-wresting suits and several carnival-style games.

On July 4, PokerPalooza will also include a special hot dog eating contest.

PokerPalooza is free to attend and open to anyone age 21 or older. It will be open July 2-4 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on July 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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