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Asian Poker Classic Goes to India

21 September 2006

LONDON, England – (PRESS RELEASE) – Asian Poker Classic (APC) is bringing poker to India with title sponsor, -- the first major professional poker tournament in the country. With a $1million prize pool guaranteed by Maharajah Club, APC will be held in Goa, India from March 1-4, 2007 at the breathtaking InterContinental, The Grand Resort Goa.

Based on No Limit Texas Hold'em, APC is certain to attract people from all over the world who hope to win the prestigious tournament and their share of $1m, including celebrities as well as professional and online players. Over two hundred players are expected to attend the ground-breaking event so is offering satellite tournaments for chances to win $7,500 packages to join them in Goa. Starting from as little as $4, daily online satellites are available on the website. One in 10 players has a chance to win a seat to the weekly satellite and 1 in 25 will win a $7,500 satellite package.

India boasts one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world with highly educated, affluent communities expanding at astronomical rates, a familiar environment for the gaming community. Goa is located on the west coast of India and is known as 'the pearl of the Orient'. It has magnificent scenery, incredible temples and fabulous beaches. With an 880m-long exclusive beachfront, the five-star Intercontinental Resort overlooks the largest golf course in Goa as well as the Arabian Sea. So, in addition to taking part in this landmark tournament, players and guests will attend a series of incredibly lavish parties and affairs in the stunning region, including a celebrity golf match. Numerous Bollywood celebrities are slated to attend, led by Maharajah Club ambassador, Gulshan Grover.

Tournament director Thomas Kremser, MD of TK Poker Events International says: "There's been nothing like this before in India – it's going to be absolutely amazing. With the stunning beauty of Goa, superb hotel and the totally unique nature of the tournament itself as a back drop, this will be the poker tournament of the year!"

Sachin Pawa, CEO of Maharaja Gaming adds: "We are very proud to sponsor the first Asian Poker Classic, there is just a natural synergy for us with APC. People will be clamouring to be at the Asian Poker Classic and, someone is going to be the first ever winner of a tournament that is already ranking among the best in the world. APC will provide a poker experience which has never been created before and an experience that will bring people back year after year."

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