The World Poker Tour will travel to Las Vegas next month to film the newest stop on the Season VI circuitBellagio Cup IIIand will test a modified final table structure. Satellite tournaments are already underway at Bellagio where players can qualify to play in the $10,000 Bellagio Cup main event held July 10 15.

We are always thrilled to return to the incomparable Bellagio to work with Doug Dalton, Jack McClelland, and their distinguished team, said Steve Lipscomb, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the WPT. Ive spoken with numerous players and tournament directors over the past month regarding optimal poker tournament structures, and I believe we all look forward to seeing how this test works at Bellagio Cup III.

"We're looking forward to Bellagio Cup III becoming a new tour-stop on the World Poker Tour," said Bellagio Tournament Director Jack McClelland. "The tournament structure will be similar to the one players have come to enjoy during all of Bellagio's WPT events. They feature plenty of time during the rounds and a large number of chips for those skilled players to maneuver throughout the tournament. The final table structure will be the same until we reach the final two players when we will change to 60-minute levels."

The following WPT structure(a) will be tested at the Bellagio Cup III:

LevelAnteBlind
1st Level– $50 – $100 
2nd Level– $100 – $200 
3rd Level$25 $100 – $200 
4th Level$50 $200 – $400 
5th Level$75 $300 – $600 
6th Level$100 $400 – $800 
7th Level$100 $500 – $1000 
8th Level$200 $600 – $1200 
9th Level$200 $800 – $1600 
10th Level$300 $1000 – $2000 
11th Level$400 $1500 – $3000 
12th Level$500 $2000 – $4000 
13th Level$500 $3000 – $6000 
14th Level$1000 $4000 – $8000 
15th Level$1000 $5000 $10,000 
16th Level$2000 $6000 – $12,000 
17th Level$2000 $8000 – $16,000 
18th Level$3000 $10,000 – $20,000 
19th Level$3000 $12,000 – $24,000 
20th Level$4000 $15,000 – $30,000 
21st Level$5000 $20,000 – $40,000 
22nd Level$5000 $30,000 – $60,000 
23rd Level$10,000 $40,000 – $80,000 
24th Level$15,000 $60,000 – $120,000 
25th Level$15,000 $80,000 – $160,000 
 

(a) 90-minute levels until heads-up play; 60-minute levels during heads-up play

The WPT Season VI will begin airing in early 2008 as part of GSNs Monday night casino lineup where the network has built a substantial following in the casino game genre. Season V currently airs every Wednesday night on the Travel Channel at 9PM Eastern/Pacific.