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Speed Poker Debuts in Australia

11 January 2005

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australia) Advertiser: "Speed poker, the newest, made-for-TV variation of the grand old card game, made its Australian debut at Melbourne's Crown casino yesterday - and it's all thanks to Keith `Bendigo' Sloan.

"The new game, which pits six players against two dealers and a 15-second clock, with up to 100 hands dealt an hour, is the brainchild of the former Bendigo resident - better known to some as Mr Poker.

"…The new game has attracted plenty of interest ahead of this weekend's inaugural World Speed Poker Championship at Crown this weekend.

"…Almost $300,000 worth of prizemoney will be available in the World Speed Poker Championship, including $100,000 for the winner.

"…Billed as a Poker Roller Coaster Ride, the speed version of the game aims to combine the pace of Internet poker with the thrill of the live game, where face-to-face, the elements of bluff, strategy, psychology and showmanship all come into play.

"Games typically last for four to five hours, with up to 100 hands per hour played in that time…"

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