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PokerStars sponsoring New York tournament

29 June 2010

RESS RELEASE) -- is pleased to announce its involvement in The Empire State Hold'em Championship at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.

Running from August 14-18, 2010, The Empire State Hold'em Championship will be sponsored by and will feature a $2,500 buy-in main event open to all players of 18 years of age and older. This is an exciting new collaboration for in New York State and should prove a popular draw for many players.

Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona was opened in 1993 and boasts a spacious 32 table poker room, plus 60 additional tournament tables. It also offers Vegas style gaming, some of the country's top award-winning championship golf courses, numerous restaurants and world class entertainment.

All this makes for the ideal venue for the player party, hosted by the resort and, on the eve of the main event, on August 13 at 8pm at Lava Night Club.

Jason DiBenedetto, Director of Poker Operations at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, states: "We are very excited about our new partnership with and look forward to welcoming players to Turning Stone Resort for this premier poker event. There will be preliminary events beginning on August 9 leading up to the main event and several events running after the main event through August 22." For more details, visit: .

As usual, players can win their seats into the Empire State Championship on The package, worth $4,000, includes main event buy-in, six nights' accommodation and travel expenses. Qualifying events can be found in the lobby under tourney >> regional.

However, there will be more going on than just the main event. Team Pro Vanessa Rousso will be hosting a 'Bigslick Boot Camp' on August 13 at 1pm. Players can win their entry into the boot camp online at or by buying-in directly via the Boot camp website: .

"I am very excited about this sponsored event!" says Rousso. "It's the perfect setting to run one of the Bigslick Boot Camps and I'm really excited to be coaching this session the day before the Main Event."

For more details on the Empire State Hold'em Championship, go to the website:

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