|Verizon Wireless has teamed up with multi-player game developer Atlas Mobile to launch online multiplayer ‘Holdem Poker for Prizes’. The US mobile operator made the announcement at the BREW 2004 Developers conference.|
Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless and Atlas Mobile announced the availability of Tetris Tournament for Prizes. Since that time, more than four million multi-player tournament games have been played on the Verizon Wireless network. Following its success, Verizon has now launched poker to cash in on the current poker phenomenon in America.
The new service allows poker enthusiasts to compete in multi-player tournaments against other players right from their Verizon Wireless Get It Now-enabled mobile
phones. Some tournaments give customers a chance to compete to win prizes.
'Holdem Poker for Prizes is different from regular 'Holdem poker in that players are on a time limit to pick their cards to build their best hands and block the virtual opponents. Points are scored, by creating hands and winning the pot as quickly as possible. If a player picks a card that was also selected by another player in a current or previous round, the players are both blocked and dealt cards that have no value.
The game ends when all hands are completed or time runs out.
Subscription charges for 'Holdem Poker for Prizes are US$2.99 per month on select Get It Now-enabled phones from AudioVox, Motorola, Samsung and Kyocera.