Ongame Network Set to Launch Poker Heat Tournaments

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Ongame Network Ltd, a subdivision of the bwin Group and a leading provider of online gaming platforms, has announced the release of Heat Tournaments -- a new poker tournament feature adding a new dimension to online poker tournament play.

Ongame Network Ltd, a subdivision of the bwin Group and a leading provider of online gaming platforms, has announced the release of Heat Tournaments - a new poker tournament feature adding a new dimension to online poker tournament play.

Customers of any of the over twenty Ongame Network partner sites will now be able to participate in online poker tournaments featuring multiple starting heats, or flights, just as in many major offline poker tournaments.

Each heat in a tournament event is scheduled to start separately from the other heats and will last for a specified period of time. Players still standing at the end of each heat will bring their chip stacks with them and merge with survivors of the other heats and play it out in final set at a later time or even date.

"The benefits of having the option to use heats when setting up tournaments are two-fold," says Tomer Katz, spokesperson for Ongame Network.

"One, we can now do a better job of tailoring our partners' tournaments in accordance with the habits, geographical origin and overall scheduling demands of their customers. Secondly, players can participate in tournaments with even bigger fields than before without the drawback of having to dedicate more than a few hours at a time in order to be able to finish them."

The first opportunity players have to experience the new format will be in the 17th edition of the acclaimed Grand Tournament that will run across the Ongame Network on 28 September to 30 September. For the first time ever, poker players will have a choice of starting this $200,000 prize pool tournament either on Friday 28 or on Saturday 29 September.

Other events based on this exciting online poker tournament product will follow later this fall.

For more information about Ongame Network, Heat Tournaments or the Ongame Network partners, please visit http://www.ongamenetwork.com.

About Ongame Network:
Ongame Network is a leading provider of business-to-business online and mobile gaming solutions, with a focus on poker. The company provides Windows, Java and mobile poker and casino games to global partners who differentiate their own brands, technologies and promotional strategies. The network consists of 25 operators, and more than 30,000 players can be found playing concurrently at peak times during the day. This makes Ongame Network one of the world's largest poker networks, offering both operators and their players a wide variety of exciting ring games and tournaments to choose from every hour of every day. Ongame Network is a division of bwin, a leading provider of online gaming entertainment. Further information about Ongame Network can be found on the Internet at http://www.ongamenetwork.com.

About bwin:
The bwin Group has over 11 million registered customers (including 7 million "play money" customers) in over 20 core target markets. Operating under international and regional licenses in countries like Gibraltar, Kahnawake (Canada) and Germany, Italy, Mexico, Austria, Argentina and the United Kingdom, the Group is the number one address for sports betting, games and entertainment via digital distribution channels. The Group offers sports betting, poker, casino games, soft and skill games, as well as audio and video streams on top sporting events such as the German Bundesliga. The parent company bwin Interactive Entertainment AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since March 2000 (ID code "BWIN", Reuters ID code "BWIN.VI"). Further information about the bwin Group can be found on its investor relations website at http://www.bwin.ag.

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