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Full House for San Manuel poker event

12 October 2007

SAN MANUEL INDIAN NATION, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Qualifications were rigid, spots were limited and the competition was sturdy, yet the one thousand spots in the Annie Duke $100,000 Hold 'Em Poker Tournament were filled in record time -- by the mid-qualification period. In less than two weeks, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino managed to secure a full house of participants for their tournament taking place on October 25.

Why should anyone be surprised? With no buy-in, $100,000 in prize money, and the top-rated female Poker player in the world, Annie Duke, acting as the Master of Ceremonies, everyone was after a seat at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Annie Duke. Her involvement in this tournament has brought so much added excitement and buzz to our poker program, that we filled one thousand seats in record time," said Steve Lengel, Executive Director of operations for San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. "By holding the Annie Duke $100,000 Hold 'Em Tournament, we are solidifying our commitment to providing world-class gaming and entertainment, and it shows with the tremendous response we have received."

In order to secure a spot in the tournament, players had to earn six dreamcatcher stamps on a tournament qualifying card. One stamp was given for each full house or better and Jacks full or better in Omaha. Players could only qualify for the tournament by playing Poker at San Manuel during the qualifying period, which began September 24.

Poker players from all over Southern California came to San Manuel for a chance at securing a spot in the tournament. Players ranged from semi-professionals to amateurs, even a few attempting to use beginners luck.

Poker enthusiasts who were unable to qualify in time to play in the tournament can still meet the legendary player. Annie Duke will be appearing at San Manuel on the evening of the tournament and will be available to the public from 7-10 pm in the Yuhaviatam Room.

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