World Poker Tour® Announces Inaugural Televised WPT® Monster Invitational
First Time Six “Monsters of Poker” Compete for Cash and Prizes at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on September 21
Los Angeles, CA (September 9, 2014) — World Poker Tour® and Monster, Inc., the official headphone provider of the WPT®, announced today the inaugural televised WPT Monster Invitational, taking place on September 21 at the conclusion of the WPT Borgata Poker Open, which is sponsored by partypoker.com and BorgataPoker.com. This made-for-TV, world-class event features six of the best of the best, all of whom have reached a WPT final table and four are WPT Champions. With more than $60 million in combined career earnings, six combined WPT titles, and 13 combined bracelets between them, this is the winningest final table in WPT history.
The six “monsters of poker” hand-picked to compete in this unparalleled event are two-time WPT champion and inaugural ONE DROP winner Antonio Esfandiari, three-time bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst, Poker Hall of Famer and WPT Champions Club member Scotty Nguyen, Season VIII WPT World Champion David Williams, bracelet winner and poker personality Phil Laak, and Raw Deal host and Season XII WPT Caribbean champion Tony Dunst. This eclectic group is sure to generate an unmatched mix of high-level play and compelling table talk. .
“I can’t wait for the Monster Invitational at Borgata. Given the short-handed structure, it’s sure to be action-packed, which is just how I like it,” said Vanessa Selbst. “I just hope I can beat a tough lineup to take down great prizes like the Monster 24k™ headphones, the Hublot King Power Unico watch, and, of course, all of the seats for the upcoming WPT events!”
WPT Champion David Williams adds, “I’m honored to be included with such monster players. The World Poker Tour consistently delivers great events, and the Monster Invitational will not disappoint.”
The WPT Monster Invitational kicks off at 4 p.m. on September 21 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and the last monster standing will take home a Hublot King Power Unico watch; seats into the WPT World Championship, WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic; and a pair of coveted Monster 24K™ headphones. Filmed on the brand new World Poker Tour set, the WPT Monster Invitational will produce two, epic, one-hour episodes to be aired on FOX Sports Network in early 2015.
The official headphone provider of the World Poker Tour, Monster has delivered industry-leading sound quality for 35 years. Head Monster Noel Lee created the premium cable category more than 30 years ago and changed the way we listen to music when he reshaped the headphone category with the creation of the Beats® headphone. Today, Monster offers several lines of high-performance headphones featuring Pure Monster Sound™. As WPT’s official headphone provider, Monster has made its headphones available for players and guests to test on-site at live, televised WPT Main Tour events, provided headphones to every player who reaches a televised WPT final table, and sponsored segments of World Poker Tour’s highly rated programming, including the Monster Hand of the Day.
“Partnering with the World Poker Tour has enabled Monster to expose its high-performance headphones to thousands of poker players and millions of television viewers,” said Head Monster Noel Lee. “Borgata is an iconic stop on the WPT, and we are proud that the WPT Monster Invitational will be held at such a prestigious venue. With six monsterous players at table, this will be must-watch television.”
WPT President Adam Pliska adds, “WPT Invitational events are designed to highlight the best of the best in poker. We are proud to join Monster, the makers of the world’s finest and most desirable headphones, in spotlighting six of the most celebrated players at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, a gold standard in casino entertainment. This table is destined to become an instant classic.”
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World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 13th season, which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season 2 of the new WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.
For the past 35 years, Monster® has been a catalyst for innovation and big ideas. Discovering that cables in hi-fi systems influenced the sound, Head Monster Noel Lee developed Monster Cable – an immediate hit. Monster® engineered the sound of Beats® headphones, and has since become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance headphones, all featuring Pure Monster Sound™ technology. Today, the company offers advanced connectivity solutions for professional musicians, home entertainment, computing, mobile and gaming, as well as high performance AC Power and conditioning products. Monster® continues to lead in innovation with Monster having been granted over 500 Patents and 100 patents pending worldwide, offering more than 5,000 products in over 160 countries. Monster® also prides itself in helping those who are in less-than-fortunate circumstances through Monster Cares. Above all, Monster® does what it does Because The Music Matters.
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