he WPT Venice event will take place between May 6th and May 10th at the Casino di Venezia, with live streaming of the tournament, final table and crowning of the first WPT Venice Champion also available on bwin’s site. bwin customers will also be able to take part in live betting on the players of the final table whilst watching the action live.
Players are able to qualify online via the bwin site and will be rewarded with an us$ 8,700 package including the WPT Venice buy-in, five nights in a 5 star hotel in the middle of Venice, and travel and spending money.
Additional cash games and side events will take place throughout the tournament along side the main event. The eventual winner will receive an official WPT Venice bracelet and a us$ 25,000 seat in the 2010 World Poker Tour Championship.
"We’re thrilled to launch our first ever brick-and-mortar WPT tournament offering in Italy,” said WPT Founder, President and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. “bwin is a strong partner with the right market position in the region. We look forward to working with them to bring this event and the WPT brand to poker players in Italy and Europe.”
"Partnering with the World Poker Tour illustrates our dedication to establishing bwin as the premier gaming destination for poker players eager to live the dream of participating in multi-million brick and mortar poker tournaments. Location was also very important to us, and Casino di Venezia is truly a location worthy of the players, the poker media as well as the bwin and WPT brands.”
Manfred Bodner, Co-CEO of bwin said: “We are delighted to be working with WPT on this spectacular tournament. This event will bring together the excitement and interactivity that only bwin can offer – people will be able to bet on the players of the final table while watching the action on their screen.”