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'Amarillo Slim' Preston to Host Poker Site

30 May 2002

LAS VEGAS--(Press Release)--, online poker's most innovative destination, today announced an exclusive partnership with "Amarillo Slim" Preston, champion poker player and winner of the World Series of Poker. "Amarillo Slim" joins PokerStars as the company's host and spokesman, promoting the company's poker site and participating in online tournaments.

"You know, I've played poker for 50 years, and I've always associated myself with people who are smart, honest and know their business," said Preston. "The folks at PokerStars are bringing world-class poker to the whole world, and I'm proud to be part of what they're doing."

"Amarillo Slim" is the world's best-known poker player, with dozens of national television appearances, including six on "The Tonight Show." Preston is regularly featured in national publications, including Sports Illustrated and the Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

"We're proud and honored that 'Amarillo Slim' chose PokerStars as the site he respects and trusts most," said Steve Morrow, Cardroom Manager for PokerStars. "Poker players know his name and his reputation for honesty, integrity and world-class play. We are working with Slim to create events that will take online poker to a whole new level."

PokerStars rocketed to the top tier of online poker sites in its first six months of operation, largely as a result of the company's innovative multi-table tournaments, fast-action live games (including limit, no-limit and pot-limit games of Texas Hold 'em, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low, Omaha and Omaha High/Low), outstanding customer service and Frequent Player Points rewards for regular players. The company conducted the largest ever online tournament in January, where 350 entrants competed for $70,000 in prize money.

PokerStars will feature Preston in its upcoming World Championship of Online Poker and other major tournaments that include opportunities for players to compete heads-up with him. And Preston intends to play on the site on a regular basis: "PokerStars' games are great, lots of action, just what I like. It's quite a difference for someone who's played for all these years to just sit around at home and win money."

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