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7 November 2006

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Poker powerhouse will send 11 poker players to the main event of the World Poker Finals, November 12-16, for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become poker's next TV superstar and millionaire. The nationally televised tournament, held at the Foxwoods Resort Casíno in Mashantucket, Conn., will give the 11 Team Bodog members, each of whom qualified on, an opportunity for big-time TV exposure, major cash winnings and a dream-come-true chance to play with the pros, including Team Bodog poker professional David Williams.

All 11 Team Bodog players earned their entry through one of the regular WPT satellite tournaments offered online at, where players can wín a seat for as little as $1.50. As a member of Team Bodog, the qualifiers are rewarded a prize package that includes the $10,000 tournament buy-in, travel expenses, and Team Bodog gear.

Held in the largest casíno-based poker room in the country, the World Poker Finals annually showcases one of the largest fields and cash purses on the World Poker Tour. Last year's World Poker Finals featured a total cash purse of more than $7.8 million, with the winner taking home a whopping $2.1 million, and tournament officials anticipate this year's event to surpass 2005's record-setting amounts.

"The World Poker Finals is one of the richest and most respected tournaments on the World Poker Tour, and we're thrilled to have these 11 players join David Williams on Team Bodog, as they compete for a shot at poker fame and fortune," says Calvin Ayre, Founder of poker and digital entertainment giant

After the World Poker Finals, Poker will next hold online qualifiers for the WPT LA Poker Classic, held at the Commerce Casíno in Los Angeles, February 24-March 1, 2007. Bodog is also giving away three prize packages to WPT events in 2007 through an online contest at

With aggressive tournament schedules and an array of bonus programs, Poker continues to lead the industry with its multitude of products.'s poker room community enjoys huge tournaments with monthly guaranteed prize pools of $3.5 million.

In addition to its WPT satellite qualifiers, also hosts regular qualifiers for the World Series of Poker. This year, sent more than 500 players to the World Series of Poker and that contingent walked away with a combined $15 million in winnings.

Team Bodog professionals Josh Arieh and Evelyn Ng performed especially well, but it was David Williams and the newest Team Bodog member, Jamie Gold, who stole the headlines. Williams, a bracelet holder and one of the top money winners in poker history, won the 7-Card Stud event, taking home over $160,000, while Gold was crowned the world champion by taking the coveted main event and winning a record $12 million.

"With the amazing success of Team Bodog at this year's WSOP, Poker has proven that it's an effective training ground for players who eventually graduate to playing and winning tournaments at land-based casínos," says Ayre.

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