World Series of Poker Circuit Coming to Harrah’s New Orleans

November 26, 2007 – December 5, 2007

Harrah’s Offers $79 Per Night Special Hotel Rates to Poker Players

European WSOP Runner-Up John Tabatabai Set to Participate in New Orleans Circuit Event

New Orleans, LA (November 16, 2007) – The largest and most prestigious poker tournament series in the world is coming soon to Harrah’s New Orleans.  For the fourth consecutive year, Harrah’s New Orleans will be hosting the south’s premier poker extravaganza, which is sure to attract players not just from the United States, but from all over the world.  The Harrah's New Orleans Winter Bayou Poker Championship will take place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 5, 2007.  This year’s schedule includes ten tournaments, as well as multiple satellites and around-the-clock cash-game action.

Just two weeks before the tournament is set to begin, hotel rooms are still available at a special discounted rate for all poker players.  In cooperation with Harrah’s New Orleans, the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel and Doubletree Hotel are both offering a special rate for poker players at just $79 per night.  Both hotels are located right across the street from the poker action.   To book a room, call the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel at 1-800-996-3426 and ask for the “Harrah’s World Series of Poker Rate” or call the Doubletree Hotel at 1-800-222-8733 and ask for “Rate Code: WSP.”

“This is our fourth straight year to be part of the World Series of Poker and every year this tournament continues to grow ,” said Jim Hoskins, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s New Orleans.  “But aside from the great poker action, the best thing we have to offer is warm hospitality, terrific world-class cuisine and entertainment, and all the excitement that comes with visiting the great city of New Orleans.”

This year, a special guest will be playing at the Winter Bayou Poker Championship.  John Tabatabai, a British poker player based in London is scheduled to make the overseas trip to the Crescent City.  Tabatabai is perhaps best known for his runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, which took place in September.  He won over a million dollars for that finish.  Other top poker pros are also expected to play in New Orleans.  In past years, this tournament has attracted poker superstars including Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, Phil Gordon, and many others.

For more information about the Winter Bayou Poker Championship, please call 504-533-6578 or visit  The complete tournament schedule follows:

Date Event # Tournament Buy-In
Nov. 26, Monday 1 No Limit Hold?em $300 + $40
Nov. 26, Monday   Mega Satellite 6PM $500 + $50
Nov. 27, Tuesday  2 No Limit Hold?em $500 + $50
Nov. 27, Tuesday   Mega Satellite 6PM $500 + $50
Nov. 28, Wednesday 3 No-Limit Hold?em $500 + $50
Nov. 28, Wednesday 4 No-Limit Hold?em (3PM) $300 + $40
Nov. 28, Wednesday        Mega Satellite 6PM                      $500 + $50
Nov. 29, Thursday 5 No-Limit Hold?em $500 + $50
Nov. 29, Thursday 6 No-Limit Hold?em(3PM) $300+ $40
Nov. 29, Thursday        Mega Satellite 6PM $500 + $50
Nov. 30, Friday 7 No Limit Hold?em $1,000 + $80
Nov. 30, Friday      Mega Satellite 6PM $500 + $50
Dec. 01, Saturday 8 No Limit Hold?em $1,000 + $80
Dec. 01, Saturday   Mega Satellite 6PM $500+$50
Dec. 02, Sunday 9 Ladies No-Limit-10am-one day* $200+$30
Dec. 02, Sunday     Mega Satellite Day** $500+$50
Dec. 03, Monday 10 (Day 1) Circuit Championship (3 days) $5,000 + $150
Dec. 04, Tuesday 10 (Day 2)    
Dec. 05, Wednesday            10 (Day 3) Final Table (2PM)  

Single table satellites:  Every day - 24 hours a day.

Mega Satellite Day**-December 2nd
4 p.m. $500 + $50
8 p.m. $500 + $50

Contact:  Rachel Douglas