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New Zealand Casino Launches Poker Zone

22 November 2005

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Stuff: "The gambling game of the stars has arrived in New Zealand, amid warnings that young people could be seduced by the glamour of Texas Holdem poker.

"The global phenomenon has taken the US and Britain by storm. Ben Affleck is among Hollywood stars known to love the game.

"SkyCity Auckland last night launched its Poker Zone, and plans to open similar rooms at its Queenstown and Hamilton casinos.

"…The popularity of the game has been boosted by online versions, televised tournaments, and its glamour image. SkyCity is buying into that image, allowing players to wear sunglasses and visors, but only in the Poker Zone.

"…The potential winnings are also a big draw. This year, Australian Joe Hecham collected $US7.5 million ($10.9 million) by winning the World Series of Poker in the United States.

"…SkyCity has four tables, taking a maximum of 10 players on each…"

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