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The Controversy Surrounding the WPT Ladies Event

On April 19th, 2008, the world poker tour Ladies season will hold their culminating event in Las Vegas with the $1,500 dollars championship tournament. The WPT has chosen the Susan G. Komen for the Cure as their main beneficiary for the event. But for this year, the World Poker Tour has decided to get 15 percent of the total cash pool as a donation to the charity instead of asking for donations from the players.

This move has caused some players to back out from the event. Two of the most vocal voice against this plan is Susie Isaacs and Lisa Adams. Isaacs is a former world series of poker Ladies tournament champion and Adams is host of the Talk show, Poker Talk America and a keen poker player. Both players said that the event should be just a charity event and not an official tournament since the cash being given to the charity comes from the official cash pool.

It has been said that with the fifteen percent being kept for the donation, another three percent will be kept to pay the staff in the event and another twenty-five thousand dollars kept to award the tournament winner a slot at the World Poker Tour championship.

The World Poker Tour Chief Executive Officer Steve Lipscomb was a guest at the Poker Talk America with Susie Isaacs and commented that their main is to only promote ladies poker and help a good endeavor but did not elaborate on the issue. Even with some players backing out of the event because of the issue, the WPT commented that the event will go on but they will review the charity side of the event.

 

05/07/2008, Wednesday
Matthew Dorst

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