SOURCE: PurePlay

August 06, 2008 08:00 ET

PurePlay Completes First Risk-Free, No Buy-In Qualifier for 2009 World Poker Championship, Announces Second Tournament

"Staycationers" Relax at Home, Compete Online for a Seat at Next World Series of Poker* and a Chance to Win Millions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - PurePlay (, the largest U.S.-compliant play-for-cash online poker site, today announced it has completed the first of its 2009 World Series of Poker*-qualifying tournaments awarding a free seat to next year's Main Event in Las Vegas. PurePlay, the online destination of choice for poker enthusiasts, further announces the opportunity for players to compete, risk-free, from the comfort of their homes for another seat at the 2009 WSOP* tournament.

The winner of PurePlay's initial qualifying tournament for the 2009 Main Event is Peter Ollinger of Ladysmith, WI. Ollinger says he was astonished at winning the tournament, given that his prior experience was limited to family games. "I've never played in a casino and PurePlay is my sole experience with online poker, so naturally I'm tremendously excited at the prospect of competing at the highest levels," Ollinger said. "PurePlay represents a tremendous opportunity for me to play poker all I want without risking any of my own money -- and I'm going to be playing a lot to get ready for the challenge of next year's poker championship."

"No U.S.-based poker site sent more players to the WSOP* championship, and we look forward to repeating this feat in 2009," said Jason Kellerman, CEO of PurePlay, the U.S. market leader. "We are especially encouraged by the popular 'staycation' phenomenon, whereby many people are weathering high gas prices by relaxing at home this year. For PurePlay members, this can be a time to focus on creating their own exciting vacation next July in Las Vegas, where, like this year's winner, they'll have a shot at winning upwards of 10 million dollars."

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About PurePlay

San Francisco-based PurePlay is the first and largest legal play-for-cash online poker destination. Through a patented business model, PurePlay enables players to compete for cash without ever putting their own money at risk. The company was founded in November 2004 by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with venture capital financial backing. The poker site, which launched in November 2005, has awarded over $3 million and today is the fastest growing legal online cash poker destination with over 1,000,000 players.

*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah's License Company, LLC ("Harrah's"). Harrah's does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.

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