The World Poker Tour (WPT) rolled out the red carpet on March 3 for a stop on the poker circuit' the 5th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational.
The exclusive, invitation-only event welcomed famous Hollywood faces and world-class poker professionals who went head-to-head in a freeroll Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament for charity, cash prizes, and most importantly bragging rights.
Held at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, the three-day event kicked off with red carpet arrivals and a cocktail party for over 400 attendees, WPT Champions and celebrity players, including James Woods, Don Cheadle, Camryn Manheim, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Mekhi Phifer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Ron Livingston, Laura Prepon, Marlon Wayans, Rex Lin, Vince Vaughn, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Donny Most, Rikki Lake, Victoria Pratt, Kelly Hu and many more.
Included in the event were gifts, entertainment, fare, and more. The WPT also partnered with leading nonprofit arts and entertainment advocacy organization, The Creative Coalition (TCC), and donated $10,000 to the fund. Media members and other guests watched as the field of celebrities and top pros came together.
Pros included Australian Joseph Hachem, Erik Seidel and John Juanda. Hachem won the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em Main Event, outlasting 5,618 other players, and winning $7,500,000.
WPT and The Creative Coalition teamed up to present the 5th Annual WPT Celebrity Invitational. The Creative Coalition (TCC), is a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.
Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy.
Commerce Casino is a Charter Member of the World Poker Tour and boasts the largest poker room hosting more than 200 poker tables featuring just about every form of poker in the world from Texas Hold 'Em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha, Lowball, Pot Limit, Mexican Poker, Pineapple, Draw, Low-Ball and many others.
'The Invitational is one of our favorite events' it's amazing to watch as the field of A-list celebrities and top pros come together to battle it out, then sit side-by-side in utter awe of each other,' said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises. 'As this fifth anniversary season continues to mark major milestones for the WPT, we expect nothing less than the biggest and best WPT Invitational yet.'
The winner in the Invitational will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice and the final six players went head-to-head March 5 on the WPT set taped for broadcast on the Travel Channel.
The winner will receive $100,000, a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship, a WPT Champion title, and of course' bragging rights. The $225,000 prize pool is provided by Commerce Casino. The WPT Invitational will air July 4, 2007, on the Travel Channel at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. World Poker Tour airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For more information regarding the WPT Invitational, visit: http://www.thecreativecoalition.org/.