SOURCE: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

September 16, 2006 18:02 ET

Borgata Poker Open Breaks Attendance Records

540 Players Compete in Day One of World Poker Tour Finals

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 16, 2006 -- Energy levels rose among players and guests at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa early Friday morning as the hotel welcomed players of the World Poker Tour (WPT). The biggest names in the game battled for a $1.5 million first place prize and a $25,000 seat at the World Poker Tour Championship.

The highly-regarded tournament recorded the largest turnout of players in the history of Atlantic City poker with 540 players anteing-up $10,000 for a shot at the biggest prize pool in Borgata Poker Open history. Players traveled to Atlantic City from all over the world to compete in the WPT Main Event at Borgata Poker Open.

Spectators were treated to some intriguing tables as a number of top pros matched up the first round of this four-day event. Legends John Jwanda and reigning WPT Player of the Year, Gavin Smith traded stories and tried to take each other's chips at one table, while actress and poker queen Jennifer Tilly sat with poker greats Barry Greenstein, David Williams and John Phan at another table.

Players like, Phil "the Unabomber" Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, David "the Dragon" Pham, Kathy Liebert, and current leader in CardPlayer magazine's player of the year race, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi mixed with other seasoned veterans to try and score a Borgata Poker Open championship, WPT title, and an enormous first-place payday.

Actress and avid poker player, Shannon Elizabeth survived the first day of competition advancing to the second day on Saturday. Play will only get more dramatic as the pressure of playing top-level poker rises. Day two looks to be even more intense than day one as chip leaders try to continue winning and short stacks begin to risk everything in the hope of getting back into the game.

Fans are invited to watch the World Poker Tour live at Borgata throughout the next several days, with the final table taking place on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m.

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars.

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About WPT Enterprises, Inc.

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®, 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 100 markets globally. 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., a publicly held company. Photos and media information can be found online at:

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