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World Poker Tour to eclipse $1 billion in total prize dollars

15 August 2017

The Bicycle Hotel and Casino

The Bicycle Hotel and Casino

(PRESS RELEASE) -- World Poker Tour is proud to announce it will award its one-billionth prize dollar at the Season XVI WPT Legends of Poker at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens.

Established in 2002, the World Poker Tour has awarded more than $998 million in total prize money in main events across all of its tours and crowned 247 WPT Main Tour champions, including 15 from the WPT Legends of Poker. A charter member of the World Poker Tour, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is hosting the WPT Main Tour event for a 16th consecutive season. The Season XVI WPT Legends of Poker festival is running now through 31 August, with the televised WPT Legends of Poker Main Event taking place 25-31 August 2017.

"The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is proud to welcome the World Poker Tour for a 16th year and to celebrate awarding the WPT's one-billionth prize dollar," said Hashem Minaiy, CEO of The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. "Once again, our Tournament Director, Mo Fathipour, has outdone himself with the Legends of Poker schedule. This year's festival includes 26 great events and will award an estimated $7 million in prize pools. There truly is something for everyone, and we look forward to seeing players of all levels at The Bike for the WPT Legends of Poker series."

"We are honored to return to The Bicycle Hotel & Casino for the Season XVI WPT Legends and to award our historic one-billionth prize dollar at this iconic venue," said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. "On the road to one billion dollars, The Bike has been home to some of the greatest moments on the World Poker Tour, including WPT titles from stars such as Doyle Brunson and Dan Harrington, and victories from WPT Player of the Year winners Andy Frankenberger and Mike Shariati. As we return to The Bike for a 16th season, we welcome WPT players from all over the world to join us for this momentous occasion."

In celebration of this grand occasion, the player to earn the WPT's one-billionth prize dollar will be awarded with a seat into the Season XVII WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, plus accommodation at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Last season, Pat Lyons topped a field of 687 entries to win the WPT Legends of Poker title and a first-place prize of $615,346. Benjamin Zamani took second place in the event and went on to become Hublot WPT Player of the Year for Season XV.

Two-time WPT Champions Club member Antonio Esfandiari, 14-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, and Japanese music star Gackt are just a few of the notable celebrities confirmed to attend the Season XVI WPT Legends of Poker festival.

Stay and play with the pros at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino during the Legends of Poker tournament. Enter promo code 'WPTLEGEND' to recieve 20% off best available rates.
  • 24-25 August: $208
  • 26-27 August: $208
  • 28-29 August: $208
  • 30-31 August: $184

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