Online Player List Launched - Sunday 19th of March 2006

InternetTexasHoldem.com (ITH) announced today the launch of the first ever Internet Player of the Year rankings. The Internet Player of the Year ranking will track and rank internet poker players from the current premier online poker tournaments. The tracked tournaments include top buy-in and prize pool events from online poker sites such as Party Poker, Poker Stars, and Bodog Poker, among others.

"As the poker industry has exploded, so has internet poker", says Matthew Hilger, owner of InternetTexasHoldem.com and author of the best-selling book, Internet Texas Hold'em. "Many of the best poker players in the world are internet poker players. With 2 of the last 3 reigning WSOP Main Event Champions coming from the internet, we recognized a gap in the current Player of the Year rankings". At the end of 2006, ITH will announce the first ever Internet Player of the Year Award.

"As a premier internet poker information site, we want to recognize the best internet tournament players similarly to the way CardPlayer recognizes the best live tournament players in the world", continued Hilger. "I started this site 3 years ago with the intention of being the best and most complete online poker community and this continues those efforts. This is an exciting time in the poker world and we are happy to be an integral part of it with this new Internet Player of the Year ranking."

One of the main differences between Internet Poker & Live Poker is anonymity. The player rankings are currently listed by username only although the players will have the option of listing their real name. One of the challenges in launching an internet player ranking system is that many players use different usernames at each poker site. However, ITH has developed an elaborate registration system that will allow players to link their individual site usernames to 1 ranking/display name. ITH will then offer player support with identifying usernames and verifications.

"freshfish952", a Party Poker player, currently leads the rankings and boasts an amazing thirteen cashes including two wins. The rankings also show that In a little over two months, 30 players have won over $100,000. You can visit the site at www.InternetTexasHoldem.com for current rankings, the list of tracked tournaments, the points system, and details on how to register and link usernames.

InternetTexasHoldem.com is owned and hosted by Matthew Hilger, author of Internet Texas Holdem: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro. The site currently boasts one of the most popular poker discussion forums and is well-known as one of the best poker communities on the internet. Other features of the website include a Poker League that is rewarding a free seat to the WSOP main event, bonus listings, a poker odds calculator, and articles from some of the best internet players in the world. In addition to launching this industry first ranking system, Matthew will be releasing his 2nd book by this summer, Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities: Limit, No-Limit, and Tournament Strategies

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