World Poker Tour® to Eclipse $1 Billion in Total Prize Dollars During Season XVI WPT® Legends of Poker at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino

The 28-Event Poker Festival to be Attended by Poker Legends Phil Hellmuth & Antonio Esfandiari: Culminates in a Televised Main Event Beginning August 25

Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2017) – World Poker Tour® is proud to announce it will award its one-billionth prize dollar at the Season XVI WPT® Legends of Poker at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens.

Established in 2002, the World Poker Tour has awarded more than $998 million in total prize money in main events across all of its tours and crowned 247 WPT Main Tour champions, including 15 from the WPT Legends of Poker. A charter member of the World Poker Tour, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is hosting the WPT Main Tour event for a 16th consecutive season. The Season XVI WPT Legends of Poker festival is running now through August 31, with the televised WPT Legends of Poker Main Event taking place August 25-31, 2017.

“The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is proud to welcome the World Poker Tour for a 16th year and to celebrate awarding the WPT’s one-billionth prize dollar,” said Hashem Minaiy, CEO of The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. “Once again, our Tournament Director, Mo Fathipour, has outdone himself with the Legends of Poker schedule. This year’s festival includes 26 great events and will award an estimated $7 million in prize pools. There truly is something for everyone, and we look forward to seeing players of all levels at The Bike for the WPT Legends of Poker series.”

“We are honored to return to The Bicycle Hotel & Casino for the Season XVI WPT Legends and to award our historic one-billionth prize dollar at this iconic venue,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “On the road to one billion dollars, The Bike has been home to some of the greatest moments on the World Poker Tour, including WPT titles from stars such as Doyle Brunson and Dan Harrington, and victories from WPT Player of the Year winners Andy Frankenberger and Mike Shariati. As we return to The Bike for a 16th season, we welcome WPT players from all over the world to join us for this momentous occasion.”

In celebration of this grand occasion, the player to earn the WPT’s one-billionth prize dollar will be awarded with a seat into the Season XVII WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, plus accommodation at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Last season, Pat Lyons topped a field of 687 entries to win the WPT Legends of Poker title and a first-place prize of $615,346. Benjamin Zamani took second place in the event and went on to become Hublot WPT Player of the Year for Season XV.

Two-time WPT Champions Club member Antonio Esfandiari, 14-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, and Japanese music star Gackt are just a few of the notable celebrities confirmed to attend the Season XVI WPT Legends of Poker festival.

Stay and play with the pros at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino during the Legends of Poker tournament. Enter promo code 'WPTLEGEND' to recieve 20% off best available rates.

Aug 24-25: $208
Aug 26-27: $208
Aug 28-29: $208
Aug 30-31: $184

(Subject to availability; fees and taxes not included)

Legends of Poker
Major Events Schedule

8/22 • Day 2 of Mega Million$4,300 Buy-In  (first 2 levels single re-entry)  $1M guaranteed
8/23 • No Limit Hold 'Em Deepstack$1,100 Buy-In  (30k chips, 2 day event)  $100k guaranteed
8/24 • No Limit Hold 'Em Bounty$1,100 Buy-In  ($500 bounty included)  $50k guaranteed
8/25 • WPT MAIN EVENT Day 1A$4,000 Buy-In
8/25 • No Limit Hold 'Em Survivor$565 Buy-In  (top 10% will get $5,000 cash each)
8/26 • WPT MAIN EVENT Day 1B$4,000 Buy-In
8/26 • No Limit Hold 'Em Survivor$1,100 Buy-In  (top 10% will get $10,000 cash each)
8/27 • WPT MAIN EVENT Day 1C$4,000 Buy-In
8/27 • No Limit Hold 'Em Turbo Re-Entry$1,100 Buy-In
8/28 • Day 2 Buy-In of WPT$4,000 Buy-In  (no late registration)
8/28 • No Limit Hold 'Em Turbo Re-Entry$1,100 Buy-In
8/29 • Day 2 Buy-In of H.O.R.S.E$1,700 Buy-In  (first 4 levels single re-entry)  $100k guaranteed

Phil Hellmuth
WPT® Main Event: August 25
Live at the Bike!: August 31

Antonio Esfandiari
Mega Millions Day 2: August 22
Live at the Bike!: August 25

Visit for entire Legends of Poker tournament schedule!

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
888 Bicycle Casino Drive
Bell Gardens, CA, 90201
(562) 806-4646

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The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
Located just fifteen minutes from Downtown Los Angeles in Bell Gardens, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino brings a four-star luxury boutique experience to casino gaming in Southern California in December 2015. Built by commercial luxury general contractor R.D. Olson Construction with architecture by Lee & Sakahara Architects and interior design by Hager Design International, Inc., the new seven-story hotel offers 99 elegantly appointed modern rooms and signature suites, each designed as tranquil retreats, including the 2,040 square-foot Presidential Suite. In completing The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, a decade-long vision has been realized by Managing General Partner & CEO Hashem Minaiy and Robert H. Carter, President of Carter Management Group, Inc., a General Partner of The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. The hotel also features a full resort spa, an elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas, multi-purpose event and private meeting space, a VIP Gaming area, and innovative dining concepts such as The Bike Brewery with 28 beers on tap and the Asian-fusion Phoenix Cafe.

The Casino’s elegant, 100,000 square-foot sophisticated gaming facility provides 185 tables of poker and card games: including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, and Blackjack to name a few. The Casino is a featured host of the largest poker tournaments in Southern California, including the World Series of Poker Circuit Event and World Poker Tour. The Casino’s luxurious amenities include a spectacular entertainment center as well as 24-hour Welcome Desk, massage service, gift shop, café brewing Starbucks® Coffee, an exclusive VIP gaming lounge, smoking atrium with gaming and valet parking.

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