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April 19, 2005 Tuesday 04:57 PM GMT

HEADLINE: ThwartPoker and Game Trust Launch First Legal Online Poker in The U.S.; Game Trust Tournament-Enables ThwartPoker's Skill-Based Online Poker Game, 'Poker Blitz'

DATELINE: PALO ALTO, Calif., and NEW YORK April 19

ThwartPoker Inc., inventors of the revolutionary new skill-based form of poker, ThwartPoker(TM), have selected Game Trust to tournament-enable their "Hold'em" smash hit that will be known as "Poker Blitz." Beginning this week on ( ), players from around the world will be able to compete for cash and merchandise prizes in 4-player live tables. Players have an opportunity to compete for as much as $1,000 in a single game.

"Poker Blitz" is a unique and strategic twist on classic "Hold'em" poker, in which players choose the cards they want, rather than being dealt a hand of random cards. All players select from the same deck and must pick, block and dodge the selections of their opponents. If a player picks a card that was also selected by another player in a current or previous round, the players are both blocked and dealt cards that have no value. In essence, "Poker Blitz" takes all of the guess work out of poker, ensuring that a player wins because of their skill rather than their luck.

"Poker Blitz" is easy to learn, difficult to master, and challenging for all types and ages while also appealing to the traditional poker crowd. Though the game concept itself is simple, there are many levels of offensive and defensive strategies and an unlimited potential for dynamic competition between and among players. Players must rely purely on their ability to anticipate and outwit to win.

Poker Blitz is completely skill-based and consequently does not face the legal constraints encountered by traditional online poker games that are built on chance and are therefore considered gambling.

"We are very excited to be working with Game Trust. They have crafted such a robust and secure platform that integration has been a breeze. Their superior technology and channels of distribution made them the obvious choice for tournament-enabling our game and quickly reaching as many customers as possible," states Daniel Pfeiffer, ThwartPoker Co-Founder.

"Integrating with the Game Trust platform is a win-win-win proposition and we are excited to be working with the world-class creative team at ThwartPoker," explains Adeo Ressi, CEO of Game Trust. "Players win as they compete in Poker Blitz for real prizes, leveraging their skills in the game. The developer wins with a new revenue stream from an existing title and renewed player interest. Game Trust wins by providing the technology and sharing in the upside. At Game Trust, we always strive to benefit everyone in the value chain."

About ThwartPoker Inc.

Founded in 2001, ThwartPoker Inc. is a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive card games, and is known for its casual, skill- based class of card games named ThwartPoker. The company offers the next evolution of traditional poker, made possible by its patented software that eliminates the randomness of regular poker - and replaces it with skill. ThwartPoker games are skill-based and therefore do not violate U.S.federal gambling law. ThwartPoker games are played at . A version of ThwartPoker for mobile phones is on Verizon Wireless and AllTel, and this was made possible through the company's licensing deal with Infospace Mobile - that has titled the mobile version Hold 'Em Poker+ For Prizes(TM). The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. To learn more about ThwartPoker Inc., go to .

About Game Trust

Founded in 2002, Game Trust ( ) is the economic engine of innovation in games with the leading platform for premium game play. The Game Frame platform is the industry standard for deploying community and transactions within online casual games. Licensed by leading distribution outlets worldwide, the platform reaches a combined audience in excess of 130 million players per month. Award winning games, such as "Shroomz," are released by leading developers on the platform to reach millions of players with new premium play models. The Company is venture backed with offices in New York and Denmark.

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CONTACT: Andy Morris of Andy Morris & Co., +1-212-561-7465, , for Game Trust; or Arthur Jonath of Jonath Associates, +1-415-722-6949, , for Thwart Poker

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