FIDPA Endorses The 2008 World Poker Congress and Announces Marcel Luske "The Flying Dutchman" to Attend

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The Federation Internationale de Poker Association (FIDPA) officially announces the endorsement of Clarion Gaming's 2008 World Poker Congress (WPC). The third annual World Poker Congress is scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on October 29-30, 2008. Professional poker players Marcel Luske, "The Flying Dutchman," and Michelle Lau will be speaking on behalf of FIDPA in regards to the importance of "The International Poker Rules" and the benefits of adopting, adhering and implementing the IP rules as a base set of standardized rules, for both the players and the industry.

The Federation Internationale de Poker Association (FIDPA) officially announces the endorsement of Clarion Gaming's 2008 World Poker Congress (WPC). The third annual World Poker Congress is scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on October 29-30, 2008. Symbolically located near the world famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the Danube River, this conference will once again act as a connection between both the land-based and online operators and service providers in the poker industry.

FIDPA has officially endorsed the WPC and will provide the participants with information and insight on how to better connect casinos, card rooms, events and organizations, to the poker industry and its players, in order to increase participation and ensure the game of poker is played with fairness on a global level. FIDPA recognizes through their endorsement program, the casinos, card rooms, events and organizations, for their efforts to unite and strengthen the poker industry on a global level. The FIDPA endorsement acknowledges the leaders in the industry for their commitment to professionalism, contributions to the growth of poker and dedication to operate with fairness and those who support and the implement "The International Poker Rules" (IP Rules).

Dawn Kirkwood, Head of Conferences, Americas, Clarion Gaming, states "WPC is a unique platform for discussion of exactly these types of issues facing poker businesses and players, so we're thrilled to have the participation and endorsement of FIDPA - to foster those discussions and ultimately, the solutions that allow poker's growth and expansion".

Professional poker players Marcel Luske, "The Flying Dutchman," and Michelle Lau will be speaking on behalf of FIDPA in regards to the importance of "The International Poker Rules" and the benefits of adopting, adhering and implementing the IP rules as a base set of standardized rules, for both the players and the industry. The duo will be on hand at the WPC to introduce the IP rules to the members of the European Casino Association, answer questions and speak about how to promote poker as a fair and enjoyable game. Luske and Lau will also be participating in the breakout session "Hearing from the Players Themselves," which includes a great mix of both professional and amateur players in a free for all, roundtable discussion of their likes and dislikes, as well as how poker rooms and poker sites can stand out to their players.

Lau states "The WPC is a perfect example of FIDPA's mission to promote poker on a global level by uniting the Queens, Kings and Jacks of the Poker World. FIDPA is making great progress, with the recent endorsement of Bellagio, the poker industry has welcomed FIDPA and the IP rules with open arms and open minds. The WPC is an event that can surely help spread our mission in having a base set of standardized poker rules and ensuring the game is played in an enjoyable, player-friendly environment and under fair conditions."

Luske states "In order to take the steps and make the changes necessary for the growing poker industry, events like the WPC are essential. The WPC brings together the casinos, card rooms,
leading industry professionals and the players, onto one playing field, seated side-by-side. The lines of communication across the seas and the tables must be open in order to grow, improve and learn from each other. The WPC is an event that can help with this challenge."

Also slated to attend are Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises, Chris Parker, CEO of Asian Poker Tours, Matt Savage from Savage Tournaments, Marco Deen and Norbert Muller, both specialists in project management with Holland Casino, as well as members of the European Casino Association.

ABOUT THE WORLD POKER CONGRESS 2008
World Poker Congress (WPC) is the only event that examines the connections between the traditional land-based and online poker industry. At WPC participants will have the opportunity to learn from the experts in both sectors as they discuss critical issues, network with high-level executives from the most prominent companies, and expand their product range, improving service efficiency specific to poker.

Scheduled to be held at the Marriott in beautiful Budapest, WPC participants will have the opportunity to review current efforts to dovetail land-based and online poker products. Further innovative topics will examine methods for attracting players from different continents and paying players into live events. More information can be found on the event website at http://www.worldpokercongress.com.

ABOUT FIDPA
In 2002, as the founding father of the International Poker Federation (IPF), Marcel Luske, "The Flying Dutchman," successfully created and developed a governing body for the European poker world, raising standards and bringing awareness to the sport of poker. With the international growth of poker, professional poker players, Marcel Luske and Michelle Lau, decided to restructure this European organization to expand his vision worldwide and the former IPF reemerged as FIDPA in 2008.

The Federation Internationale de Poker Association, FIDPA, is an independent, international, governing body for the poker industry and a recognized leader in promoting and developing poker as a fair and enjoyable game. FIDPA is focused on broadening and increasing participation on a global level, by establishing an international standard for the industry, its players and in tournaments. As the author of "The International Poker Rules," FIDPA maintains, promotes and implements a standardized set of rules, policies and procedures in card rooms and in tournaments, allowing the players and industry to play and operate with worldwide consistency, protecting the mutual interest of the game and its players. The FIDPA endorsement program connects the industry, organizations, federations, and its players, by acknowledging those that are committed to educating, elevating and promoting poker as a fair game, in order to strengthen and unite the poker industry and its players on a global level. http://www.fidpa.com will be launched in late 2008. http://www.theiprules.com will be launched in September 2008.

Contact:

Michelle Lau
Federation Internationale de Poker Association
(702) 308-2808
fidpa.com @ gmail.com

Dawn Kirkwood
Head of Conferences, Americas
Clarion Gaming
(636)946-0820 x 203
dawn.kirkwood @ clariongaming.com

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