|Ongame Network is pleased to announce The Ongame Network Poker Classic, a tournament with a record-breaking guaranteed prize pool of $5 million and at least $1 million for the final winner. This will be the largest-ever guaranteed prize for an event that starts online. It is an exclusive event where the players can ONLY enter through qualifying rounds held on Ongame Network operators' websites. (A full list of the websites can be found below)|
The Ongame Network Poker Classic will start as an online tournament and then pause when there are 45 players left. Those 45 will then receive airplane tickets to Barcelona, Spain, for the live final to battle it out on the green felt face to face - continuing with the same chip stacks they had when the online tournament paused. The final will take place in the prestigious Casino de Barcelona during the weekend of September 30th - October 1st, 2006.
Ongame Network's operators are working together to host this innovative event for all their players. It will be a distinctive event that cuts through the clutter of mid-level poker tournaments offered by other individual poker sites.
Ongame Network is investing a significant and unprecedented amount in the event, and the players will see the benefit, because travel and hotel expenses will not be taken from the prize pool or players'
pockets. For the equivalent entry fee of $5000+200, the top 45 players will receive both their tournament buy-in AND a $5000 (approximate value) travel package.
Sit & Go and scheduled tournament-based qualifiers start on Monday, March 27th. Players can proceed through various levels which start at $1
- so the eventual winner could potentially get a one million percent return on their initial buy-in!
To participate in the Ongame Network Poker Classic, players should register an account with one of the Network's operators. Qualifiers start on March 27th.
Patrick Selin, President, Ongame, said: 'We are truly excited to be launching this Poker Classic tournament which we believe marks a milestone in the development of online poker. The guaranteed size of the prize pool available makes it an opportunity no true online poker fan can miss - and I'm sure beginners will be tempted to try their luck too.'
Qualifiers can be entered through any Ongame Network operator:
Bet On Bet www.betonbet.com
Check n Raise Poker.com www.checknraisepoker.com
Cherry Casino www.CherryCasino.com
Euro Casino www.CasinoEuro.com
Gaming Corp www.casino.co.uk
About Ongame Network:
Ongame Network is a leading provider of business-to-business online and mobile gaming solutions, with a focus on poker. They provide Windows, Java and Mobile poker and casino games to global partners who each differentiate their brand, technology and promotional strategies. The network consists of 18 operators, and more than 20,000 players can be found playing concurrently at peak times every day. This makes Ongame Network the largest poker network in the world, offering operators and their players a wide variety of exciting ring games and tournaments to choose from every hour of every day. Ongame is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BETandWIN.com Interactive Entertainment AG.
For more information on Ongame Network, please visit www.ongamenetwork.com
BETandWIN.com Interactive Entertainment AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since March 2000 (ID code 'BWIN', Reuters ID code 'BWIN.VI'). Further information about the company can be found on its investor relations website at www.betandwin.ag.
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Selin, President, Ongame
Tel: +46 8 789 1200
Matt Campbell, Mantra PR
Tel: +44 20 7907 7828
Peter Marcus, Mantra PR
Tel: +44 20 7907 7803