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egthareal
10-19-2005, 07:42 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 3:42 pm CT
World Poker Tour Now Shipping Reported by: Radu Nicolae (radu@avault.com)



NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), today announced that the World Poker Tour® video game has shipped to major retailers across North America. Offering real players and broadcast presentation elements that mirror the popular television series, the World Poker Tour video game is also the only poker title to incorporate real world venues. The World Poker Tour video game is available for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.

Combining world-class venues and real poker pros, World Poker Tour allows gamers to take a seat in the world's most prestigious poker tournaments. With insightful commentary by World Poker Tour hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, players can compete against the virtual equivalents of pros such as Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil "Unabomber" Laak. World Poker Tour gives gamers the chance to compete against players across the country, set up poker nights, chat live via Xbox Live® online game service, PlayStation® Online or system link or show off their best poker faces with the EyeToy(tm) USB Camera (for PlayStation®2).

The World Poker Tour video game features six Tour-exclusive casinos. These include The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA; Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA; Bay 101 in San Jose, CA; Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantaucket, CT; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ; and The Aviation Club de France, in Paris, France. These real-world locations are completely accurate, right down to the carpeting, lighting, room décor, and floor layout.

"Poker has become a cultural phenomenon as shown by the increasing popularity of the World Poker Tour television series," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "The World Poker Tour brand is an integral part of our game as it brings unmatched credibility and familiarity to millions of poker fans. With the integration of World Poker Tour pros, commentators and presentation elements, the World Poker Tour video game delivers the most authentic poker experience found on any gaming platform."

"2K Sports has created an amazing game utilizing all the best elements of the WPT," said Andrea Green, Vice President, Global Consumer Products at WPT.

"We are thrilled to add this item to our growing repertoire of branded consumer products. With so many of our fans living the "digital" lifestyle, this game brings the WPT right into their homes in an interactive way. Now they can personally experience going "All-In" against our exciting champions. "

The World Poker Tour video game is rated "E" for Everyone and is available in North American retail stores for $19.99.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com (http://www.2ksports.com/).

card4
10-23-2005, 05:36 AM
I still think Daniel Negranue's game "Stacked" will be much better than this but it does look like an ok game. The thing that caught my eye was the eye toy compatibility. In the past, some people have suggested using webcams for online poker so that you could get a read on opp. For the most part this hasn't caught on and the cases where I've seen it done have all been for private tournaments where the players knew each other. If this game and the eye toy feature does catch on though, this could be a big change for online poker as we know it so it will be something to watch for.