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Poker News: January 25, 2008

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HEADLINE: Internet-Style Poker Coming to Casinos

Soon, poker players who want to play poker in casinos will not have to actually head to the poker room to take a seat.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has approved a commercial version of Progressive Gaming International's (PGI) World Series of Poker Peer to Peer Texas Hold’em game. The game will allow players to play poker anywhere a terminal is located against real players who also are playing in casinos online.

The company described its product this way:

World Series of Poker Peer to Peer Texas Hold'em offers many of the popular features of 'Internet style' poker, including cashless account-based wagering, the option to play multiple tables/tournaments at the same time, and the ability for a player to view their account history, a summary of recently-played games, and even a statistical breakdown of their play.

This multiplayer poker system is designed to allow patrons to compete against other players over a real-time, secure intranet server, allowing operators to offer an unlimited number of tables and variety of configurations and limits while tracking play and delivering promotions through their existing player rewards system.

Poker players will no longer need to be physically located at a poker table, as they will be able to play World Series of Poker Peer to Peer Texas Hold'em at a variety of locations within a casino, including at bars, restaurants, or lounges, against players located at the same site or across multiple properties.

PGI also plans on introducing a portable version of the game, but has not yet submitted this version to GLI.

An employee of PGI confirmed that the game will be rolled out in about three months, but could not release any details as to where it will be installed, or if it will be installed in multiple locations at first.

PGI has a limited exclusive license agreement with Harrah's Licensing Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. PGI was granted the right to develop the WSOP brand as a systems-based gaming product. The product could appear in casinos not owned by Harrah’s. This product will also allow casinos without a card room to offer poker.

GLI is a leader in testing and approving the security and fairness of casino games that companies invent. It’s the gaming regulatory lab for substantially all American Indian casinos, multiple states in North America (Nevada included), most riverboat casinos, and several gaming venues across Canada, as well as a variety of international jurisdictions throughout Europe, South America, and Asia.

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