May 4, 2006 - 9:04 AM EDT
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World Poker Tour(R) Goes North of the Border for North American Poker Championship - Names Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort as Newest International Site
 Overlooking One of The World's Natural Wonders, The Niagara Fallsview Casino
                 Will Play Host to October WPT Event

LOS ANGELES, May 4 /CNW/ -- Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith,
Bill Edler and Evelyn Ng may be the most illustrious Canadian poker players on
the world stage, but come October the WORLD POKER TOUR(R) will offer a look at
who else might be Canadian stars-in-the-making when the Tour inaugurates its
first stop north of the border at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.  The
WPT has selected Canada's luxurious new gaming mecca, overlooking the famous
Niagara Falls, as the site of its third annual North American Poker
Championship, October 25-29.
The elegant Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is the premier casino and
resort facility in Canada, with 3,000 slot machines, 150 gaming tables and a
dedicated poker room, a 368-room luxury hotel, a full-service spa and fitness
facility, a 1,500-seat showroom, 30,000 square feet of convention, conference
and meeting space, a wide selection of restaurants and boutiques and one of
the most famous and spectacular views in the world.
"By staging the North American Poker Championship in this beautiful
Canadian casino, we put out the welcome mat for all poker enthusiasts in
Canada and truly lay down the gauntlet to see who can reign supreme on the
continent," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc.
(Nasdaq: WPTE).  "We are thrilled to welcome the Niagara Fallsview to the WPT
family and look forward to an inspiring and exciting event that will attract
players from both sides of the border."
Niagara Fallsview marks the third international location on the WPT
tournament calendar for Season V, joining Paris' Aviation Club (Grand Prix de
Paris) and the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas (Pokerstars'
Caribbean Adventure).
"All of us at the Fallsview Casino are very excited to be working with the
WPT to bring a premiere International Poker event like this to Canada," said
Fallsview General Manager Steve Wolstenholme.  "Our casino is ready to lay out
the red carpet for the WPT, the players, and the fans as they join us here in
Niagara Falls.  We plan to make the Fallsview Casino Resort the home of the
premiere poker events in Canada and will have some other exciting
announcements to make in the coming weeks about our plans with the WPT moving
Season V begins and ends in Las Vegas, kicking off at The Mirage Poker
Showdown May 14, 2006 and concludes April 27, 2007 at Bellagio for the
exciting and much heralded WPT World Championship.
The WPT launched the poker phenomenon when it first aired on the Travel
Channel on March 30, 2003, and it continues to lead the way in developing
poker as a major international sport. Viewers and aspiring tour players can
log on to for ways to improve their game and to get the
latest WPT schedules, information and merchandise. The highest rated show ever
on The Travel Channel, the WPT is now seen in more than 147 countries and
territories worldwide. WORLD POKER TOUR(R) airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m.
EST/PST on the Travel Channel in the U.S.

            World Poker Tour Season V Tournament Schedule

  Tournament Name       Hosting Casino / Location             Date

The Mirage              The Mirage,                     May 14 - 17, 2006
Poker Showdown          Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay            Mandalay Bay,                    June 4 - 8, 2006
Poker Championship      Las Vegas

Grand Prix de Paris     Aviation Club de France,       June 12 - 16, 2006

Legends of Poker        The Bicycle Casino,          August 26 - 30, 2006
                        Los Angeles

Borgata Poker Open      The Borgata,              September 15 - 19, 2006
                        Atlantic City, NJ

North American          Niagara Fallsview
Poker Championship      Casino Resort               October 25 - 29, 2006

World Poker Finals      Foxwoods Resort Casino,     November 11 - 14, 2006
                        Mashantucket, CT                       Final Table
                                                         November 16, 2006

Bellagio Five Diamond   Bellagio,                   December 15 - 19, 2006
World Poker Classic     Las Vegas, Atlantis,     January 6 - 13, 2007
Caribbean Adventure     Paradise Island, Bahamas         (tentative dates)

World Poker Open        Gold Strike Casino,          January 21 - 25, 2007
                        Tunica, MS

L.A. Poker Classic      Commerce Casino,            February 15 - 20, 2007
                        Los Angeles

WPT Invitational        Commerce Casino,            February 22 - 24, 2007
                        Los Angeles

Bay 101 Shooting Star   Bay 101,               February 27 - March 3, 2007
                        San Jose, CA

World Poker Challenge   Reno Hilton, Reno, NV          March 26 - 29, 2007

WPT World Championship  Bellagio, Las Vegas            April 21 - 27, 2007

Two additional tournaments to be confirmed at a later date.

About WPTE
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation
of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the
development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on
gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the World Poker Tour(R), a television
show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs on the
Travel Channel in the United States and more than 147 markets globally. With
the WPT in its fifth season, WPTE has launched a second series on the Travel
Channel, the Professional Poker Tour(TM), which focuses on the play of poker's
leading stars.  WPT Enterprises currently licenses its brand to companies in
the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing,
electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games,
and giftware. For show information, tools for improving poker play, and other
WPT news, fans may log on to The company is also
engaged in the sale of corporate sponsorships. WPT Enterprises, Inc. is a
majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO).  Photos
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harbor" for forward-looking statements.  Certain information included in this
press release (as well as information included in oral statements or other
written statements made or to be made by WPT Enterprises, Inc.) contains
statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to the
expansion of WPTE's brand licensing, the development of new television and
film projects, the development of WPTE corporate sponsors and other business
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limited to, WPTE's significant dependence on the Travel Channel as a source of
revenue; the potential that our television programming will fail to maintain a
sufficient audience; the risk that competitors with greater financial
resources or marketplace presence might develop television programming that
would directly compete with WPTE's television programming;  the risk that WPT
may not be able to protect its entertainment concepts, current and future
brands and other intellectual property rights; risks associated with future
expansion into new or complementary businesses; the termination or impairment
of WPTE's relationships with key licensing and strategic partners; and WPTE's
dependence on its senior management team.  For more information, review WPTE's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Erik Stein/WPT: 323-330-9872
[email protected]


Source: Canada Newswire (May 4, 2006 - 9:04 AM EDT)

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