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New World Poker Tour Anchor Lynn Gilmartin Replaces Kimberly Lansing

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Anchor Kimberly Lansing will step down from her position as the first female anchor of a major poker series according to an announcement made today by the World Poker Tour. Lansing filled the role for the last three seasons. Although Lansing will be missed and is a tough act to follow, her replacement —'s hostess Lynn Gilmartin — is extremely qualified and equally talented.

Gilmartin recently joined the WPT team to anchor the Alpha8 high roller broadcasts on Fox Sports 1. The first stop of Season XII at the WPT Legends of Poker is where Gilmartin will begin her new duties.

“Kimberly will always be part of the WPT family, even if she’s no longer sitting in the anchor’s chair,” WPT President Adam Pliska said. “We’re saddened by her departure as Kim helped define the anchor role and elevate the World Poker Tour episodes to another level. We’re thrilled that Lynn is able to step in and carry on the tradition of providing the expertise and fun Kim has brought to our events and broadcasts over the past few years.” received the following statement from Gilmartin:

"I'm overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude to be given this opportunity," Gilmartin said. "It is such an honor to kick off the incredible Alpha8, and to now take over the reins from someone I've admired for many years on the World Poker Tour? It's official — dreams really do come true."

Gilmartin also said that her experiences with both and ESPN Australia have played a major role in her career advancement.

"My years at PokerNews have been invaluable. I've built many great friendships with so many people in poker, learned to produce my own segments, adjust to a life of constant travel, and most importantly host a show," Gilmartin said. "As I don't come from a TV background, my experience with ESPN also helped immensely in easing into the industry and has really set me up to feel more ready than ever to take on this huge responsibility with the World Poker Tour. I couldn't be more grateful for the path I've been on, and the path I'm about to take."

The WPT Foundation Ladies' Night Invitational will be Lansing's final television appearance this Thursday, September 5th, 2013, as she joins Vanessa Rousso, Lily Kiletto, Jessica Dawley, and Liz Lieu at the table. Sunny Joo Chen, won the LIPS US Ladies Poker Championship event at the Bicycle Casino to secure her seat.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, the Breast Cancer Awareness Association, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), We Advance, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Domestic Violence Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County are in the spotlight as these six women play to raise awareness and money for worthwhile women's charities. Look for this event in early 2014 when it is televised on the FOX Sports Network.

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