Australia’s own Lynn Gilmartin (pictured above) has been chosen as the replacement for the popular Kimberly Lansing as WPT anchor. After three seasons of World Poker Tour’s weekly broadcasts, and the first female anchor of a major poker series, Kimberly Lansing is stepping down from her perch.
Lynn Gilmartin, anchor of the new WPT Alpha8 super-high roller series on FOX Sports 1, which will air in March 2014, will take over for Lansing beginning with World Poker Tour’s first televised event of Season XII, the WPT Legends of Poker, currently being held at the Bicycle Casino.
“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 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.”
Gilmartin has had varied poker experience in front of the camera, beginning with her work for Crown Melbourne and the Aussie Millions, and PokerNews for more than four years.
“Joining the WPT team for Alpha8 was dream come true,” Gilmartin said. “Kimberly is someone I’ve admired since I first started working in poker and now, to follow her on the WPT? I have some huge shoes to fill and am overwhelmingly honoured to be given this opportunity.”
Lansing made her final appearance in front of the WPT cameras on September 5 when she played the televised WPT Foundation Ladies’ Night Invitational. She joined some of the best female players in the world: Vanessa Rousso, Lily Kileto, Jessica Dawley, Liz Lieu and Sunny Chen.