Wednesday, July 06, 2005

As a cable-less loser, I was excited to see this press release.



CONTACTS: Melisa Richter, Richter Strategic Communications,
416-652-5592, melisa@richterpr.com
Sandra C. John, ESPN, 212-515-1207, sandra.c.john@espn3.com

ESPN Original Entertainment’s 2004 World Series of Poker
Now Available on DVD

NEW YORK (June 28, 2005) -- The poker phenomenon is still raging and so
is its highest stakes game, No-Limit Texas Hold’Em. To the delight of
poker fans nationwide, ESPN Original Entertainment and DVD Marketing
Inc. have compiled the complete 2004 World Series of Poker’s Main Event,
a six-day shoot-out between the crème de la crème of the poker world
and wildcard amateurs to capture the multi-million dollar cash prize,
onto an ultimate must-have three-disc DVD set.

The DVD set, packed with bonus features and more than 11 hours of poker
action, will be available for online purchase as of today at
www.espnshop.com and www.championshipdvd.com with a suggested retail price of $19.95. Availability in retail outlets will follow.

"Our fans will really enjoy the 2004 WSOP DVD collection because we’ve
loaded it with four hours of bonus content," said Victoria Stevens,
vice president, ESPN. "It’s great for people who enjoy poker and dream of
someday making it to the final table at the game’s biggest stage."

A record-breaking 2,576 players, more than triple the number from last
year, came to Las Vegas for the 2004 World Series of Poker. Once
again, it was a virtual unknown in the poker world that would beat the poker
masters and garner the top prize. Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, a patent
attorney from Connecticut, parlayed a $160 online entry fee into $5
million in winnings and the coveted WSOP title.

This DVD set contains ESPN Original Entertainment’s final 10 programs
from the telecast of the 2004 World Series of Poker, which earned a 1.7
rating for more than 1.5 million viewing households. Hosted by ESPN
commentators and poker aficionados, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, the
DVD is presented in fullscreen (1.33:1) digital video without commercial
interruption, and includes revealing interviews of star players, basic
rules of No-Limit Texas Hold’Em and four hours of bonus features.
Chapter points set at the key rounds allow the viewer to jump directly to
the action putting them in control of every frame of video as ESPN
captures the emotion, strategy and luck in route to crowning the champion of
the World Series of Poker.

The unprecedented four hours of bonus features include:

* Top-10 moments from the 2004 tournament
* A Greg Raymer commentary
* A Greg Raymer All Access
* Greg Raymer’s Bio
* A Stu Unger feature
* Beyond the Felt: Poker Talk segment
* Coverage of the $1,000 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold’Em
* Coverage of the $2,000 Buy-In Pot Limit Omaha
* Tournament of Champions feature
* Coverage of the Kansas City Lowball event, exclusive only to the DVD
Review copies and interviews with Greg Raymer are available upon
Distributor: DVD Marketing Inc., 1-888-383-1200,

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