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August 19, 2005

HEADLINE: keeps growing: Now third largest online poker site

Since its inception in 1999, has quickly catapulted into one of the most popular poker sites. It is now pleased to announce that it is now the third-largest online poker site in the world, as reported on, the leader in providing accurate, actionable information to the online poker industry and to the online player community.

In the few short years since the first online poker sites popped up, it has grown into a $2-billion (USD) industry with more than 200 sites worldwide. With more than 4-million players from 150 countries, has grown more than twice as fast (323 per cent) as the entire online poker industry (156 per cent) in the last year alone. In Canada, is home to 10 per cent of the website's four million players worldwide.

As the fastest growing online poker site, can attribute much of its popularity to its constant innovation to provide poker enthusiasts with their favourite poker games anytime, anywhere. In April 2005, revolutionized the online poker category with the launch of its Mobile Poker - the first ever interactive, real money mobile phone poker that enables users to play Texas Hold 'Em from mobile phones against other members playing from a mobile or a computer. Because of its leadership in the online poker industry, was also named Online Poker Site of the Year by the readers of the poker trade magazine Inside Edge.

In addition, takes the safety and security of its players very seriously and prides itself on certain features that demonstrate this commitment to players. These features include:

-Responsible Gaming Settings developed in cooperation with G4 (Global Gaming Guidance Group), the world's largest organization dedicated to the prevention of excessive gambling, that allow players to set real money deposit limits or block access to their accounts, if needed.

-Cyber-Patrol software can be downloaded to prevent children under the age of 18 from accessing the site.

-And most recently, earned the Play it Safe seal from eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation Assurance), an international online gaming regulator, indicating to players that has met stringent requirements to protect its members in issues such as player safety and security, fair gaming, responsible operator conduct and responsible gaming.

In addition to the popular Texas Hold 'Em, offers several versions of poker, as well as other popular card and casino games, including BlackJack, Craps, Slots and Roulette. It is the only online site that permits MAC and Linux users to play and requires no downloads.

About was introduced in 1999 as one of the first poker rooms on the Internet. Initially the company launched with 'play money' only and has continually developed and improved its services for its members. In 2001, introduced real money games and has since introduced a number of new casino games and innovations. At there are classics such as Texas Hold 'Em, as well as other poker and casino games that are available with just the click of a button. In addition, is the only online poker site that offers a java version of the game and doesn't require downloads, so members can play from PC, Mac or Linux computers. Visit to register.

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson, please contact Andrea Hynes or Daniela Gentile at Cohn & Wolfe, Tel: (416) 924-5700, Email:

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