Sycuan Resort & Casino Debuts WPT Table Game

17 May 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – (PRESS RELEASE) -- On Saturday, May 22, 2004, Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon California will be the first gaming facility in the United States to debut the new World Poker Tour® All-In Hold 'Em(TM) table. WPT All-In Hold 'Em was developed by Lakes Entertainment, Inc. through a license arrangement with World Poker Tour, LLC, the entertainment and media company that films and produces the World Poker Tour television series currently shown on Travel Channel. Lakes Entertainment expects that WPT All-In Hold 'Em, which is inspired by the World Poker Tour television series, will be a big winner for casinos by drawing new players into the properties and giving the house an edge in the game.

WPT All-In Hold 'Em will allow poker fans to experience the same kind of excitement that they have been accustomed to seeing on their television sets. Players can strategize their betting and experience the rush of making an "all-in" raise or bluffing for a big win. Like the No Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker played on the World Poker Tour, the WPT All-In Hold 'Em table game "takes a minute to learn for a lifetime of action" - to quote WPT commentator Mike Sexton. WPT All-In Hold 'Em is distinctive, however, in that players only play against the dealer rather than against the other players at the table.

"We are delighted to deliver our first table to the Sycuan Resort and Casino," said Lakes Entertainment CEO Lyle Berman. "Our staff will provide all the promotional support that will help the casino maximize the opportunity of being the first in the nation to unveil the exciting WPT All-In Hold 'Em table. As new casinos sign up, we'll provide guidance and counsel to insure their success with WPT All-In Hold 'Em."

The table is being marketed to casinos along with an attractive screen that runs an action-packed WPT promotional and instructional video on a continual loop that is designed to draw players to the table. Berman expects to announce other casino commitments in the coming weeks.

The Sycuan Resort and Casino is operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, on the tribe's traditional El Cajon land, near San Diego. Said Steve Penhall, General Manager, "We feel honored to be the first to introduce this revolutionary new game. It has all the appeal of Texas Hold 'Em coupled with the simplicity of Blackjack. Leveraging the visibility of Texas Hold 'Em that has resulted in part from the World Poker Tour television series, we know WPT All-In Hold 'Em will be a major new attraction in our casino."

The exciting new WPT All-In Hold 'Em table game is marketed by Lakes Entertainment, a respected name in the gaming world through its previous development and management of Indian casinos across the nation. Lakes Entertainment also owns approximately 80% of World Poker Tour, LLC, the media and entertainment company that films and produces the World Poker Tour television series.


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