Monday, March 21, 2005

PokerRoom.com Announces Real Money Cell Phone Poker

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) You still need to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em, but for the first time you can always walk away no matter where you are. PokerRoom, one of the fastest growing online poker sites in the world, today announced it is launching the first ever interactive cell phone poker. A mobile effort indeed! Using the most secure protocols and patent pending collusion software, players can play Texas Hold 'Em for "real money" or "play money" beginning Monday, April 11, 2005.

Players who want to take their hand on the road, can sign up for the game on PokerRoom (the game is sent to their phone for download) and will play other members of the PokerRoom.com community, rather than a computer, as all cell phone games currently operate. With more than 3.5 million users, there will never be a lack of potential table mates no matter where one travels, and is a development sure to revolutionize both online gaming and the mobile phone industries.

"With television shows, online poker's accessibility and celebrity fans, Poker -- Texas Hold 'Em in particular -- has become America's new favorite pastime," said PokerRoom.com CEO Patrik Selin. "Online sites such as PokerRoom first brought the game to the masses and now with availability on cell phones, the game is available anywhere, anytime. The advance of cell phone graphics makes the experience almost identical to that of playing online and I think people will enjoy taking the game on the road."

Like the iPod people, expect to see a whole new crop of people tapping away at their cell phones perfecting their skills.

The game offers an experience both geographically and interactively that has not been available in any mobile poker games before. The player can choose between 3 different views: Normal View which has graphics similar to those seen on PokerRoom.com, Symbol View which gives a view over the whole table with simplified graphics or the Text View which also gives history of how the hand was played. Additionally, there is a chat function allowing players to text one another during the game.

On the subway or in a tunnel without a signal? The game also has an offline version where players can play against bots on three different levels.

About PokerRoom.com:

Launched in 1999 with a 'play money' format, PokerRoom.com was among the first gaming sites on the internet. In 2001, with the introduction of 'real money' games, the site quickly became one of the top sites with growth rates larger than any competitor. As the only online gaming site not requiring a download, and offering viable play for Mac and Linux users, PokerRoom.com continues to introduce new software that keeps it at the forefront of technology and growth in the industry. It is a site that provides a sophisticated, safe and pioneering gaming environment.

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