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National Deaf Poker Tour Hits Atlantic City

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The National Deaf Poker Tour (NDPT) has been drumming up quite the following on the poker tournament circuit. Their second year of hosting tournaments was wrapped up with the final event of 2007 in Atlantic City on November 10th and 11th.

With the Trump Taj Mahal as the host casino for the NDPT's most recent stop, players came from all over the East Coast, as well as the rest of the country, to compete in the four events on the schedule. The kick-off event was on Friday night - the 8pm $75 buy-in ladies-only deaf tournament, which drew 40 players and was won by Lori Hower.

While the ladies continued their event, a Texas hold'em tournament dubbed "Friday Night Hold'em Madness" began with a $100 buy-in. A total of 83 players registered for it, and late into the night, Brad Gibson won the first prize of $2,490.

It was the Saturday events that would draw the biggest crowds, including a rail that was several people deep with spectators. The main event was a $200 buy-in no-limit hold'em with 162 players, and the big winner was who walked away with $9,875 and the pride of taking the tournament title. And the $120 buy-in event, later that day, was an ASL (American Sign Language) that allows friends and family of deaf players to participate that attracted 102 players.

One of the participants, Anthony LoBue, wrote a personal recap of his experience at the NDPT's stop in Atlantic City. After not having been able to attend an event since the March 2007 tournaments, he was ready and waiting for this November series. "I had been waiting for the NDPT Atlantic City weekend to come all year... I was excited to be there, as there were so many deafies from all over the United States... I saw old friends from Chicago, California..."

The next NDPT tournaments will be held in the spring of 2008 - March 7th and 8th are the recently announced dates and Atlantic City will again be the place, though a venue has yet to be made known. Updates and more information about the NDPT can be found at www.NationalDeafPokerTour.com

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