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24 October 2006

ONTARIO -- (PRESS RELEASE)-– Eleven online poker players will don the black and red of Team Bodog at the North American Poker Championship, October 25-29, and one of them just might become poker's next TV superstar and millionaire. The televised-tournament, held at the Niagara Fallsview Casíno and Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the only Canadian stop on the 2006 World Poker Tour (WPT) and will give the 11 amateur Team Bodog members, each of whom qualified on, an opportunity for big-time TV exposure, cash winnings and a chance to play with the Pros. Each of the 11 Team Bodog players earned their entry by winning one of the many WPT satellite tournaments offered online at As a member of Team Bodog, the qualifiers are rewarded a prize package that includes the $10,000 CAD tournament buy-in, travel expenses, and Team Bodog gear. "It's every amateur player's dream to be on television sitting across the table from some of the best players in the world at a WPT final table, and Poker is thrilled to have played a major role in helping our players realize their dreams," says Calvin Ayre, Founder of poker powerhouse and digital entertainment giant, and host of the popular poker and lifestyle television series, Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker, which aired on Fox Sports Net (FSN) earlier this year. 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 guaranteed prize pools of $3.5 million. In addition to its WPT satellite qualifiers, also hosts regular qualifiers for the World Series of Poker, and in 2006, sent more than 500 players to the World Series of Poker who 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 Jamie Gold was crowned the World Champion by taking the coveted main event and winning $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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