Hollywood Celebrities and Poker Pros to Face Off at the 5th Annual WPT Invitational WPT will roll out the red carpet on 2/3/07 for the hottest stop on the poker circuit–the 5th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational. This Years invitation-only event welcomes famous Hollywood actors and actreses face off against world-class poker pros who go head-to-head in a freeroll Hold ‘Em tournament for charity, cash , and bragging rights.
Held in Los Angeles at the Commerce Casino event will kick off with a cocktail party for over 400 entrants WPT Champions and celebrity players, including James Woods, Don Cheadle, Camryn Manheim, Woody Harrelson, Jay Mohr, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Mekhi Phifer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Cheryl Hines, Ron Livingston, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Kerry Washington, Marlon Wayans, Rex Lin, Orel Hershiser, Judy Greer and many more.
Also enhancing the event will be gifts, entertainment, fare, and more from sponsors Budweiser(R), Blue Diamond Almonds(TM), Helio(TM), and Yummy Cupcakes.
Further elevating the A-list affair in its fifth anniversary season, the WPT also partnered last month with leading nonprofit arts and entertainment advocacy organization, The Creative Coalition (TCC), and will donate $10,000 to the fund
"The Invitational is one of our favorite events–it's amazing to watch as the field of A-list celebrities and top pros come together to battle it out, then sit side-by-side in utter awe of each other," said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPTE. "As this fifth anniversary season continues to mark major milestones for the WPT, we expect nothing less than the biggest and best WPT Invitational yet."
Offering celebrities a chance to brush up on their skills before the event, WPT hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten will level the playing field with a "WPT Academy." The exclusive tutorials will be hosted February 22 at Premiere Magazine's "Haven"–a three-day pre-Oscars event in the Hollywood Hills complete with daytime spa treatments, luxury gifts, evening parties and more.
The last celebrity standing in the Invitational will receive a donation of Ten Thousand Dollars to the charity of their choice and the final table of six players will go head-to-head March 5 on the WPT set taped for broadcast on the Travel Channel. The winner will receive $100,000, a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship and a WPT Champion title . The $225,000 prize pool is provided by the Commerce Casino.
The WPT Invitational will air July 4, 2007, on the Travel Channel at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.