World Poker Tour Distributions has entered into a partnership with GameTV exposing the elite tour to the homes of nine million Canadians, and Dong Lee wins the WPT500 at The Gardens Casino, Los Angeles.
Speaking to the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Vice President of Distribution, Johnny McMahon, in May, he told me that one of the goals for 2017 was to offer distribution in more territories and he wasn’t kidding.
WPT Distributions has announced a deal with Anthem Sports & Entertainment’s GameTV that will see the Canadian-based digital media company broadcast content to 9 million homes throughout Canada. McMahon referred to GameTV as the perfect pairing as his department continues to aggressively expand their international content offering.
GameTV began life in 2001 as the Stuart Media Group owned Gaming Channel. In 2016, Anthem Sports & Entertainment acquired them and immediately injected a more sporty vibe into the coverage.
The WPT now stands proudly alongside the likes of Shark Tank, Inside the Box, and Celebrity Name Game. The coverage begins with Seasons XIII and Season XIV of the WPT Main Event as well as Season I and II of WPT Greatest.
Dong Lee Wins WPT500 Event at The Gardens Poker Festival
Dong Lee has won the $224,500 first prize in the WPT500 event held at The Gardens Casino in Los Angeles.
Lee defeated the experienced Owen Crowe in heads-up action to take the title after wading through a stellar field of 3,266 players. It was a big moment for Lee, whose previous best score was $1,900 for a deep run in a $125 2011 Mega Millions side event in the Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles.
Crowe, on the other hand, is a vastly experienced architect of the great game with over $2.7m in winnings on his live tournament resume. The $130,000-second prize was Crowe’s best result since earning $435,000 for a fifth place finish in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event.
Final Table Results
1. Dong Lee – $224,500
2. Owen Crowe – $130,000
3. Peter Hengsakul – $100,000
4. Richard Kim – $81,000
5. Ilya Shpiner – $65,000
6. Deepinder Singh – $49,000
7. Massoud Eskandari – $36,000
8. Alex Faynshteyn – $28,000
9. Gregory Roberts – $21,000