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Enter a WPT Satellite for $25,000 seat

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If you want to win a seat in the $25,500-seat World Poker Tour finale, which is anticipated to draw more than 1000 players and a whopping estimated prize pool of $25 million at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, April 18-24, now is the time to enter a satellite.

Participating online poker rooms include PartyPoker, UltimateBet, PokerStars.com, bodog.com, TigerGaming.com, and pengeluaran hk. Currently, the online casinos start their satellite buy-ins anywhere from $5 to $50.

Or, if you live in the USA, near one of these casinos and card-rooms, you can enter one of their satellites: Cliff Castle Casino (Camp Verde, AZ), Turning Stone Casino Resort (Verona, NY), Spirit Mountain Casino (Grand Ronde, OR), Black Bear Casino & Hotel (Carlton, MN), Roman Casino (Seattle, WA), Quinault Beach Resort & casino (Ocean Shores, WA), Desert Diamond Casino (Tucson, AZ), Grand Casino Coushatta (Kinder, LA), Bad River Casino & Convention Center (Odena, WI), Big Tomato Card Club (Sacramento, CA); Chip-In’s Island Resort Casino (Harris, MI), Argosy Casino Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge, LA), Apache Gold Casino Resort (San Carlos, AZ), Greektown Casino (Detroit, MI), Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino (Laughlin, NV), Trump Indiana Casino (Gary, IN), Sandia Casino (Albuquerque, NM) and Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV). Many of these casinos have buy-ins starting as low as $35.

Winners will receive from the hosting poker room the $25,000 + $500 buy-in, round-trip airfare and accommodations at the Bellagio. Smaller satellite host card rooms offer an alternative to the larger buy-in: a $2,500 entry prize to the Bellagio Super Satellites preceding the WPT World Championship tournament.

Older, wiser and healthier

A Yale University study has found that recreational gamblers aged 65 and older are reported to be in better health than their peers who don’t gamble.

The older gamblers also reported less alcoholism, depression, bankruptcy and imprisonment than younger recreational gamblers according to Yale epidemiologist Rani Desai who said:

“There’s this whole concept of healthy aging – that folks who continue to remain engaged in activity, especially in the community and in social activities, stay healthier longer, so I think this is a reflection of that. It’s not that gambling makes you healthy, it’s that gamblers are healthier.”

The survey of 2,400 people relied on the participants to report their gambling habits, health and other personal information. A survey firm called all the participants, and Yale researchers crunched the numbers. The findings were published in the September issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.