TV Host Earns World Poker Challenge Seat - Monday 3rd of April 2006

MANSFIELD, Texas – Tom Schneider, host ofTexas' first and only televised poker tournament series, TrueTexasPoker,outlasted a field of 589 players to earn a spot on the televised final tableat the World Poker Challenge in Reno, NV.

"I believe that we are witnessing a star in the making," said KarridyAskenasy, TrueTexasPoker's Creator and Executive Producer. "I've always feltthis way about Tom, which is why we selected him to host our show. That, andhe's obviously one heck of a poker player. Sure, we're lending our star toanother poker show in a sense, but we're very happy that he had thisopportunity and was able to make such an impressive showing. Because ourtelevised tournament is a totally free event, TrueTexasPoker and the playersof Texas will certainly share in Tom's success. It just makes us that muchbetter."

In a phone interview conducted the morning of the final table's taping,Tom Schneider explained his recent success by saying, "I've played some of thebest poker of my life. I know people always say that, but I've really gotteninto the zone. That, and I was berated for about two hours straight by lastyear's champion after beating him out of a hefty pot. I didn't respond, andinstead used him as my inspiration. This should be a great thing for me and,of course, for TrueTexasPoker."

TrueTexasPoker is the first televised tournament series of its kind,allowing players to enter for free. This exciting endeavor is beingenergetically fueled by the Lone Star State's hundreds of thousands ofdedicated poker players. Leading the pack is TrueTexasPoker's spokespersonand six time World Series of Poker Champion, Mr. T.J. Cloutier of Richardson,TX. Players may register to compete in this historic event by visitingTrueTexasPoker.com.

Tom Schneider has been a professional poker player for the last fouryears, finishing "in the money" four times at the World Series of Poker. Tomhas recently joined the cast of TrueTexasPoker, as well as becoming the co-host of Beyond the Table, an internet radio show based on the business ofpoker. Tom's first book, "Oops! I won too much money - Winning wisdom from theboardroom to the poker table", from Brown Books, is now available at majorbook retailers. Tom currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and threedaughters.

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