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Bicycle Casino Poker Tournament Begins

29 August 2005

BELL GARDENS, California – (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker, one of the most prestigious tournament series on the circuit today, began earlier this month with thousands of tournament players descending on Bell Gardens! With an estimated prize pool of over $7,000,000, including $600,000 in guaranteed prize money in five different events and the unprecedented "Poker fever" that is sweeping the country, this year's tournament is turning into one of the largest poker tournaments in the history of The Bicycle Casino!

It is estimated that the first place winner of this year's, now "famous" No-Limit Hold'em Championship event will take home more than $1,000,000! While this is only an estimate, the casino is pulling out all the stops to make sure that they will be able to accommodate all the new players as well as the seasoned ones. This landmark tournament draws poker enthusiasts from around the world for a month of high stakes gambling and the opportunity to put their skills "on the table" and compete against the "best of the best!" The Bicycle Casino hosted more than 6,000 people last year, which added up to, more than $4.5 million in prize pool monies. This year they are expecting more than 8,000 attendees to converge on Bell Gardens over a course of the month. The championship is expected to draw over 1,000 avid poker aficionados.

With 36 events and buy-ins ranging from $100 to $5,000, the final event is the cornerstone of the tournament, the No-Limit "Texas" Hold'em Championship beginning on Saturday, August 27.

Once again the ladies of poker are in for a special treat! In addition to the WPT Ladies Night Out Invitational that will be shown on the Travel Channel, we're hosting a No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Poker Party on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:15p.m. Ladies will have the opportunity to show their stuff! The winner of this $100+$20 tournament will go on to compete with some of the biggest names in ladies poker history at the WPT Ladies Invitational on Thursday, September 1st.

The Bicycle Casino will follow up it's success as one of the highlights of the World Poker Tour, broadcast on The Travel Channels earlier this year by televising it's prestigious No-Limit Hold'em tournament. On Wednesday, August 31, the final table participants of this $5,000 event will go "live." If you missed last years riveting event, you'll definitely want to be in the audience this year! It's a "sold out" show, so come early to get your seat as an audience participant and watch the "best of the best" to see who will walk away with all the cash and the coveted title of Legends of Poker 2005 Champion!

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