Matchroom Sports, FullTiltPoker.net Host Poker Challenge - Friday 16th of December 2005

LOS ANGELES – Get ready to rumble with the first Global Poker Challenge. On December 15th at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, history will be made as the best poker players in America team up to take on the best poker players around the globe in a white knuckled event.

Partnering with UK producer Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sports, FullTiltPoker.net will pull out all of the stops for this international tour de force of poker. With a $5K buy-in double shoot out, 100 players, including 10 online entrants will battle for pride, glory and the title of Global Poker Champion in the $500,000 purse event.

2005 has been a great year for Full Tilt Poker in the televised programming arena with a steady stream of stellar poker shows including: the "FullTiltPoker.net Championship At Wynn Las Vegas," which aired live in July, the "Learn From the Pros" series airing now on FSN, and the "FullTiltPoker.net Invitational Live From Monaco" which aired live around the world on Thanksgiving Day.

"The Global Poker Challenge continues Full Tilt Poker's commitment to developing and supporting exciting televised poker events," said Ray Bitar, CEO of Tiltware, LLC. "We are very pleased to sponsor this unique tournament where professionals and amateurs will compete against one another and an opposing team to see where the best poker players in the world really come from."

The Global Poker Challenge will be seen on FSN starting in January 2006 in the U.S., and an additional 100 million households throughout the world on various broadcasters. Matchroom Sports is one of the leading world sports event organizations with an impressive portfolio of major televised sports programs.

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