After months of speculation about their broadcast future, the World Poker Tour announced Thursday a broadcast partnership with Fox Sports Net for Season VII.
A total of 26 episodes will air on FSN with the first two episodes coming from the Bellagio Cup IV being filmed Thursday. The timeslot and schedule for the season have yet to be announced.
“The World Poker Tour has a track record as the ultimate brand name in televised poker,” said George Greenberg, FSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “FSN is very happy to televise such quality content and we look forward to future programming opportunities with the WPT.”
This will be the third broadcast partner for the WPT following a single season on GSN and five seasons on the Travel Channel. FSN programming is available in 80 million homes in the United States via the 16 regional sports networks.
“FSN and News Corporation are two incredible powerhouses in the television industry that have played key roles in the growth and popularity of televised poker,” said Steve Lipscomb, WPT Founder, President and CEO.”It couldn’t be a better fit for WPT and our fans. We’re thrilled.”
As of the close of business Thursday, prior to the official announcement, WPT stock (WPTE) was trading at $0.90 per share.
World Poker Tour Season VII Schedule
July 11 – 17 – Bellagio Cup IV
August 23 – 28 – Legends of Poker
September 14 – 18 – Borgata Poker Open
October 10 – 16 – North American Poker Championship
October 20 – 25 – Festa Al Lago
November 5 – 11 – Foxwoods World Poker Finals
December 13 – 19 – Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
January 16 – 19 – Gulf Coast Poker Championship
January 25 – 29 – Borgata Poker Classic
February 28 – March 3 – LA Poker Classic
March 7 – 9 – WPT Celebrity Invitational
March 16 – 20 – Bay 101 Shooting Star
April 4 – 9 – Foxwoods Poker Classic
April 18 – 25 – WPT World Championship
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