Celebrities, Top Pros Ante Up for World Poker Tour Invitational - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

LOS ANGELES – What kind of event couldattract such diverse celebrities as Burt Reynolds, James Woods, Ray Romano,Jason Alexander, Mimi Rogers, Stephen Collins, Jennifer Tilly, Sara Rue, JamesGarner, Kevin Weisman, David Sutcliffe, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Schneider,Anne Heche, Ron Livingston, Adrian Young, Gavin Maloof, Jeremy Sisto, MarissaJaret Winokur, Joshua Morrow, Rick Fox, Christopher Rich, and Cindy Margolis,the most downloaded woman on the internet? The World Poker TourInvitational(TM), of course! The most sought after ticket in poker.

The event at Commerce Casino, televised annually on the Travel Channel,draws more than 75 celebrities, competing against 200 of the leading playersin the game including many of the poker millionaires created by the WORLDPOKER TOUR'S(R) $150-million in prize pools over the past four years. This iswhere you'll see T.J. Cloutier, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen,Jennifer Harman, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren and Phil "The Unabomber" Laakgo head-to-head with the biggest names in television and film for a piece of a$200,000 prize pool and a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship(TM) atBellagio in April. The last celebrity to exit the tourney will also earn$10,000 for his or her favorite charity.

This year's WPT Invitational is slated for Feb. 22-23, with the FinalTable on Feb. 24. Last year, stage and screen actor Tom Everett Scott becamethe first celebrity to make the final six, finishing third in the event andpocketing $25,000. The winner was Costa Rican poker star Alex Brenes. In2003, Laak, "The Unabomber," took home the title after an animated performancethat included pushups and shadow boxing with his tablemates.

Celebrity players in previous years have also included Ben Affleck, TobeyMaguire, Don Cheadle, Ed Asner, Jon Favreau, Sharon Lawrence, Norm MacDonald,Dean Cain, Camryn Manheim, Hill Harper, Richard Karn, Krista Allen, MacaulayCulkin, Laura Prepon, Sarah Gilbert, Willie Garson and Lolita Davidovich.Many more are expected to join the rush to the green felt as the days getcloser to the start of the event. This year's celebrities have an additionalyear's worth of practice under their belts and new tips gleaned from the World Poker Tour shows.

"The World Poker Tour is all about letting people live their dreams andcelebrities are no different. They all want to be the one counting the moneyat the Final Table," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and Founder of WPT Enterprises,Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE). "We've made the WPT Invitational, already the mostprestigious poker tournament in Hollywood, even better this year by adding anextra day and starting it at night, enabling more celebrities to come afterthey have completed their filming schedules for the day. We anticipate ablockbuster event!"

Fans may view the Final Table on Feb. 24, with seating available on afirst-come, first-serve basis. The tournament will begin at 5 p.m. but it issuggested that that fans arrive by 3 p.m. to ensure a spot. The CommerceCasino, the country's largest poker room, is located at 6131 East TelegraphRoad in Commerce, just five minutes from downtown Los Angeles off theWashington exit of the 5 Freeway.

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