Lightning Poker Files Action Against PokerTek

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Pokermatic, Incorporated (d/b/a “Lightning Poker™”) today announced that it has filed an action in federal court in Philadelphia against PokerTek, Incorporated (Civil Action No. 06-03258).

Pokermatic, Incorporated (d/b/a “Lightning Poker™”) today announced that it has filed an action in federal court in Philadelphia against PokerTek, Incorporated (NASDAQ - PTEK).

Lightning Poker™ alleges that PokerTek has violated the antitrust laws and has engaged in various acts of unfair competition, civil conspiracy, trade slander and defamation to Lightning Poker’s™ customers. PokerTek allegedly has been falsely advising Lightning Poker’s™ customers and potential customers that the sale or use of Lightning Poker’s™ dealerless electronic poker table infringes PokerTek’s issued design patent or pending published patent applications.

The suit seeks treble damages, attorneys fees, an injunction against further acts of antitrust and civil conspiracy, as well as a declaration that Lightning Poker’s dealerless electronic poker table does not infringe a design patent owned by PokerTek.

“We merely seek the right to compete fairly in the marketplace free from untrue comments to our customers that leads them to believe that the purchase or use of our product will result in some type of patent litigation. We believe our innovative Lightning Poker™ product and strong intellectual property portfolio will enable us to gain a preeminent position in the marketplace,” commented Brian Haveson, Chairman of Lightning Poker™.

The action is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Civil Action No. 06-03258). Lightning Poker™ is represented by Frederick A. Tecce, 215-599-0800.

About Lightning Poker™

Founded in 2004, Lightning Poker™ designs, develops and markets gaming systems. The Lightning Poker™ system is a turnkey, fully automated, electronic poker table. Tables decrease casino costs and increase player earnings while providing an overall entertaining experience. For more information please visit http://www.lightningpoker.net.

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