Fulltiltpoker.net and Fox Sports Net Join Forces for Live Telecast of Fulltiltpoker.net Championship at Wynn Las Vegas

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FullTiltPoker.net and Fox Sports Net announce a live poker broadcast to showcase the world's top poker players in a $500,000 tournament.

FullTiltPoker.net and Fox Sports Net (FSN) announce the first ever live televised poker tournament from Las Vegas. The online poker site and sports network are joining forces with Las Vegas' newest luxury resort on The Strip, Wynn Las Vegas, in a live broadcast of a $500,000 tournament featuring 27 of the world's greatest poker players.

Three major forces in poker are joining together to bring viewers the first live poker broadcast from Las Vegas. FullTiltPoker.net, one of the leading free online poker sites, brings a handful of the world's best players to the tables. Wynn Las Vegas provides the newest luxury resort on the Strip, and FSN brings a wealth of experience in poker television, as well as cutting edge technology. The live tournament, "FullTiltPoker.net championship at Wynn Las Vegas," airs at 6:00 PM local on Wednesday, July 13, 2005. An encore broadcast of the show airs that night at 10:30 PM local.

Held at the night club La Bete at Wynn Las Vegas, the tournament features Team Full Tilt, some of the most well-known personalities in the game, playing for a $500,000 cash pool and other prizes. Scheduled to appear in the tournament are 2000 World Series of Poker champion Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, WSOP bracelet winners Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, 2003 World Poker Tour Ladies Night winner Clonie Gowen, plus poker pros Phil Gordon, Andy Bloch and Erick Lindgren. Also, 2004 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu, Poker Ambassador to Wynn Las Vegas joins the fray. FSN veteran announcer Barry Tompkins calls the action, and poker pro Howard "The Professor" Lederer provides commentary.

"We are very excited about being a part of this premiere televised poker event. Team Full Tilt is one of the most respected groups of poker pros around," said Raymond Bitar, CEO of Tiltware, LLC, the consultants for FullTiltPoker.NET. "We could not envision any better partners than FSN and Wynn Las Vegas to showcase such talent."

"This live event is the next generation of poker programming," said George Greenberg, FSN's Vice President of Programming and Production. "Live poker was one of our highest rated shows last year, and we look forward to even bigger ratings this year."

FullTiltPoker.net and FSN set the tone for live televised poker. This tournament is:

♠ The only live televised poker tournament in the U.S. so far this year.

♣ Only the second live televised poker event ever (FSN’s American Poker Championship in 2004 was the first)

♥ The first live televised poker tournament from Las Vegas

♦ The first major poker tournament at the new Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino

And of course, with all these highlights, it wouldn't be an FSN event unless it offered the viewer more than just standard card games. Every player at the final table will be wearing a heart monitor. As they push tens of thousands of dollars into the pot, viewers will see if a player's heart rate is as steady as their demeanor.

With innovative graphics, superior customer service and a safe, secure interface, FullTiltPoker.net is the best free poker site on the Web. FullTiltPoker.net uses the Full Tilt Poker™ software which was developed by TiltWare LLC, a software development and licensing company based in Los Angeles, California and licensed to Kolyma Corporation, A.V.V. which is regulated and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada. "Team Full Tilt" is a select group of the world's finest professional poker players, including Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Phil Gordon (co-host, Celebrity Poker Showdown), Clonie Gowen, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman and others. Users of all skill levels can go to http://www.fulltiltpoker.net and learn from the pros.

FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including Best Damn Sports Show Period and Beyond the Glory. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at http://www.FoxSports.com.

Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip, opened to the public on April 28, 2005. Wynn Las Vegas features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites; an approximately 111,000 square foot casino; 22 food and beverage outlets; an on-site 18-hole golf course; approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space; an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership; and approximately 76,000 square feet of retail space. For more information, visit http://www.wynnlasvegas.com.

FullTiltPoker.net:     

Michele Clayborne, emc-pr@verizon.net

FSN Contacts:         

Justin Simon, jsimon@foxsports.net

Emily Corliss, ecorliss@foxsports.net

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