The World Poker Tour has announced that Marianela Pereyra will replace Kimberly Lansing as WPT anchor. The former Poker After Dark hostess will begin her new job in Venice in February.
The World Poker Tour has announced that former Poker After Dark hostess Marianela Pereyra will replace Kimberly Lansing as WPT anchor.
Lansing has been anchoring the WPT show since 2008, but will take maternity leave for the upcoming season, the WPT blog
Taking her place, Pereyra will join WPT commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten alongside the rest of the WPT crew, beginning her new job already in February at the WPT Venice.
"I'm thrilled to be given such an incredible opportunity," Pereyra said.
"It's an honor to be filling in for Kimberly Lansing and I'm really looking forward to being a part of the World Poker Tour," she added.
Before joining the WPT, Pereyra hosted Poker After Dark, as well as she has covered various events for ESPN, CBS Sports and FOX Sports.
The World Poker Tour said that Pereyra "set herself apart with her endless enthusiasm, quick wit and extensive poker knowledge," and that the tour feels confident she will "fit right in with the WPT family."
Pereyra was born in 1979 in Argentina, but emigrated to the U.S. when she was five years old with her professional tango-dancing parents.
Apart from her hostess experience, she has also worked as an actress, reporter, ballet dancer and model.