Sunday, April 22, 2012

World Poker Tour History

World Poker Tour HistoryWorld Poker Tour History The exploding popularity of poker is often contributed to the televised poker tournaments of the World Poker Tour. Seen around the globe, WPT tourneys brought the excitement of this sport into living rooms everywhere. Its popularity spread like wildfire. People immediately appreciated the challenge of the game and realized that they wanted to play, too.

The History of the WPT

In 1999, A UK television show called Late Night Poker developed a way for spectators and commentators to view a poker player's hold cards. They used a glass tabletop and cameras strategically located under the table. The result was the beginning of a poker revolution.

Other companies soon borrowed and tweaked the technology used by Late Night Poker. The WPT began using miniature cameras built into the table in front of each player's seat so viewers could see the cards at the same time the player did.

Television producer and attorney Steve Lipscomb, along with "Hall of Fame" poker player Lyle Berman, teamed up with the Travel Channel and conceived a plan for the WPT. They arranged to broadcast the final table at Texas Holdem tournaments in some of the best casinos in the world. This was the launch of something bigger than anyone could have predicted.

WPT Ignites Poker's Popularity

By the second season of televised WPT tournaments, the number of players in the tournaments had doubled. By the third year, a staggering phenomenon occurred. Not only did the number of players in each tournament multiply dramatically, the prize pools grew from a few hundred thousand to millions of dollars.

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