Walter Chambers Walks Away with WSOP Title As Top Names In Poker Converge On The Big Easy For Status and Big Bucks.

What are the odds that the World Series of Poker Circuit's last championship event would produce a final showdown featuring two graduates of Louisiana State University? Walter Chambers (Class of 2000) and Corey A. Bierria (Class of 1998) outlasted a WSOP Circuit record field of 259 players and carved up over a million dollars in prize money. Bierria earned $433,050 as the runner up, while Chambers collected $787,340, plus the gold ring presented to all WSOP Circuit champions. Click on Walter and check out the WSOP details and upcoming events. The 2005 World Series of Poker and WSOP Circuit Tournaments will be televised Tuesdays on ESPN beginning July 19, 2005. The New Orleans' event will air on August 18, 2005.

While over 250 serious poker players battled for serious money, Harrah's New Orleans treated the players and fans to a "one on one" experience with the top names in the game. Two-time world champion Doyle Bunson (pictured left with poker enthusiast) was on hand to sign his best selling book, "Super System 2" and promote his new web site: www.DoylesRoom.com. He was interviewed by Nolan Dalla, and entertained the audience with his stories about the early days of poker.

Other World Class Poker Players included Barry Greenstein, TJ Cloutier, Chip Reese, Robert Williamson III, Howard Lederer, Daniel Negreanu, Chau Gaing (pictured with Doyle's Dollys at right), Chris Ferguson, and Antonio Esfandiari. Greenstein and Cloutier (pictured at right), Lederer and Williamson (pictured at right with O&O's Ronda Stansky) spent an afternoon autographing pictures and discussing the game with their fans. It was a nice touch by Harrah's Casino.

One&Only has a home in Las Vegas, so we are uses to the big Vegas-style casinos. Our travels through the southwest and south did not prepare us for Harrah's New Orleans. We were in town for Harrah's World Series of Poker and the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, and were not looking for the ambience and service that greeted us on Canal Street a turn in the Mighty Mississippi. If you are looking for the best casino in Louisiana? Well, you need look no further than Harrah's New Orleans.

As far as the entire South, Harrah's Casino rivals Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi and the new $365 million dollar L'Auberge Resort and Casino in Lake Charles. The readers of Casino Player, Strictly Slots, and Gambit magazine recently named Harrah's New Orleans "Best Casino" in Louisiana this year.

It is located downtown within walking distance of the French Quarter, the Warehouse District, a scenic Mississippi Riverwalk and the New Orleans Convention Center. We stayed at the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place Hotel right across the street with a spectacular view of the river. Harrah’s New Orleans is located in the heart of downtown and set amidst other luxury hotels. On the River or in the French Quarter, your choice spread among and beyond the Hilton, Windsor Court, Loews, Doubletree, Sheraton, W and more. We will be back for the grand opening of Harrah's new hotel in 2006. The Wyndam complex houses the Canal Shops which include three stories of top names in fashion and accessories.

Harrah's New Orleans captured numerous other awards in all three publications including Best Casino, Best Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Blackjack, Best Craps, Best Roulette, Best Baccarat, Best Slot Club, Best Casino Promotions, Best Cash Back, Most Innovative Slot Floor, Best High-Limit Slot Floor, Best Poker Room, Best Table Tournaments, Best Slot Tournaments, Best Hosts, Best Slot Service, Best Champagne Brunch at the Magnolia Buffet, Best Casino Bar at Satchmo's, Best Parties/Special Events, Best Must-See Attraction, Best Theme, Best Shopping, Best Costumes and Hippest Casino. Isn't it time to see what all the fuss is about?

One of our highlights of our New Orleans' experience was dining at Besh Steakhouse. We were centered right in the heart of the culinary mecca called the French Quarter, but we did not need to go outside the doors for a true fine dining experience. Bon Appetit, Gourmet, USA Today, NBC’s Today show, The James Beard Foundation in New York, GQ, Conde’ Nast Traveler, Wine Spectator, The New York Times and more. Nationally acclaimed Executive Chef John Besh’s name (pictured at left) can be found across the country; it is only here in New Orleans, however, where his culinary perfection is found in two distinct award-winning restaurants ~ The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah’s and Restaurant August.

New Orleans knows how to eat! So why leave your favorite casino to try and get a taste of what the town is talking about? It’s all here at The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah’s. Amidst the artistic blending of original George Rodrigue blue dog artwork (Blue Dog painting designed for Besh at Harahs pictured at right), a Las Vegas-style bar and open brushed silver kitchen, there’s a steakhouse that critics have been giving rave reviews to since the day it opened. It is here where the delicacy of quail egg combines with the pure indulgence of a 30-ounce premium gold angus rib-eye “cowboy” steak to make a meal fit for royalty. The cowboy steak is impossible to eat in one setting. This guy is a culinary wunderkind. I was able to share an evening at Besh with Doyle Bunson and his Dollys.

Whatever your musical tastes, New Orleans fits the bill. Every day, legendary musicians take the stage at clubs all over town - and Harrah’s New Orleans is no exception. Song-stylist extraordinaire, Earl Turner, will electrify your heart and soul in the new multi-million dollar The Earl Turner Theatre. They also have a selection of comedians from the Improv join the theatre at various times through the year. And, coming soon, feast your eyes on Masquerade!

Harrah's New Orleans is the number one attraction for non-stop excitement! Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Harrah's 100,000 square feet of wide-open, pure gaming exhilaration is just steps away from some of the world's finest hotels, five star restaurants and most electrifying venues to entertain just about anyone. With live jazz entertainment, thousands of the newest, hottest slots and 100 fast-paced table games within five magnificent gaming courts, Las Vegas or Atlantic City have nothing on Harrah's New Orleans. Harrah's Casino is located at the foot of Canal Street and the Mississippi River. For more information, call (504) 533-6000 or visit: www.harrahs.com. For all your questions about New Orleans, visit: www.NewOrleansOnline.com