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WPT Season Eight Announced

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced the full schedule for its eighth season of events, which will be filmed in high-definition for broadcast on Fox Sports Net to over 400 million homes around the world.

The twelve-stop tour kicks off from Las Vegas with the Bellagio Cup V tournament, which have a buy-in of $15,400 and is set to run from July 13 to 19.

From there, season eight will progress to Los Angeles and The Bicycle Casino for the Legends Of Poker event from August 22 to 26 before making its way east to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino for the Borgata Poker Open from September 19 to 24.

The WPT returns to Las Vegas and the Bellagio for the Festa Al Lago tournament from October 20 to 26 and then travels back east for the Foxwoods World Poker Finals in Connecticut from November 5 to 10.

The Bellagio is again the host from December 13 to 19 for the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic while the Southern Poker Championship will take place from January 24 to 27 from the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Los Angeles' Commerce Casino will then host a pair events, the LA Poker Classic and the WPT Invitational, from February 20 to 25 and February 27 to March 1 respectively, while San Jose's Bay 101 will be the site for the Shooting Star tournament from March 8 to 12.

Next up from March 20 to 24 is a new stop for the eighth season, the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The casino sits on the Ohio River and, in addition to the $10,000 main event, will also host three non-televised WPT events with buy-ins ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

Season eight will finish back at the Bellagio for the WPT World Championship, which is scheduled to have a buy-in of $25,500.

"As this great game has evolved over the years, we have seen the WPT grow and develop into something truly incredible," said Steve Lipscomb, Chief Executive Officer for the WPT.

"Each year seems to top the last; from stops in exciting new venues, to historical moments, to break-out players, to unbelievable action. We're looking forward to seeing what the eighth season brings then watching it broadcast in high definition."