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November 17, 2004 Wednesday

HEADLINE: Pokertropolis Promotes "Giving Thanks" to Military Families in Need; VFW Foundation Program Chosen for Online Site's Thanksgiving Day Donation Drive


    Pokertropolis (, the popular online poker room, is hosting a Thanksgiving Day donation and matching-funds benefit to assist American soldiers and their families. During the entire day of Thanksgiving, every dollar of registration fees that 'the house' normally earns for hosting tournaments will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation Program, Unmet Needs ( Pokertropolis will also match funds for players who wish to donate any of their Thanksgiving Day tournament winnings to the Unmet Needs Program.

   Jim Silvers, general manager of Pokertropolis, said the online site chose a military-based program as the recipient to this year's Thanksgiving Day fund raiser because of the hardship that American soldiers and their families have endured during the past year. "It's a privilege to know our poker communities can take a role in easing the burden of military families in need. It's especially important to be thinking of the soldiers -- who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice -- while those of us not in the military are given the opportunity to be there for our loved ones and family members."

   Launched by the VFW Foundation in May 2004, Unmet Needs addresses the financial hardships experienced by many families of military men and women, focusing especially on the National Guard and Reservists called away from their civilian lives to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, the United States has over 700,000 military spouses across the services
-- 93% of them women. Nearly half of those are married to enlisted members who make less than $20,000 a year in basic pay. When Reservists are included, these average yearly pay amounts reach alarming lows and increase financial challenges for the soldiers' families.

   The program's funding assists with unanticipated demands on service members' families that can't be remedied in a timely and efficient manner through existing means. The one-time needs include emergency rent and mortgages to groceries and child care.

   John J. Senk, VFW adjunct general, states, "With the help of Unmet Needs' corporate sponsor Vermont American, and the donations of concerned companies like Pokertropolis, the VFW and its Foundation will be able to help so many more of our young servicemen and women and their dependents." R. Lee Ermey, host of the History Channel's military series "Mail Call," is Unmet Needs' spokesman.
Ermey, best known for his roles in "Full Metal Jacket" and "Dead Man Walking,"
is a retired gunnery sergeant who was injured in Vietnam.

   Pokertropolis will hold approximately nine scheduled multi-table tournaments and an unlimited number of sit-and-go tournaments on Thanksgiving Day from midnight through 1 a.m. EST on November 26.

   About Pokertropolis

   Pokertropolis is a premier online gaming website with headquarters based in Costa Rica. The company can be contacted at Pokertropolis, 50 metros Oeste de la Contraloria, Edificio de la Colmena, Piso#4, Sabana Sur, Costa Rica. Phone: US 800.625.8354.

   About Unmet Needs

   Unmet Needs is one of several programs under the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation including Operation Uplink. The VFW Foundation is committed to improving the lives of veterans and military service personnel, their families and communities.,

Crystal Haidl
Terpin Communications Group 8216100 x117

   SOURCE: Pokertropolis

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