SOURCE: HogWildPoker


April 28, 2011 15:17 ET

HogWildPoker, the Premier Non-Gambling Site, Fills Tables by Providing Free Play and U.S. Legal Cash Prizes up to $500

Casual Players Experience Real Game Play and Freerolls Following U.S. Department of Justice Action to Shut Down Illegal Gambling Sites

LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwire - Apr 28, 2011) - With the online poker world in turmoil, HogWildPoker is seeing a significant increase in new players filling its online leagues and freeroll tournaments for U.S. legal cash prizes up to $500. HogWildPoker, a free, non-gambling poker community, allows the casual player to compete with friends or independently in tournament settings.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Government took action to shut down online operations in the U.S. of the three largest illegal poker gambling sites -- Pokerstars, FullTilt and AbsolutePoker.

"It's really the casual poker players who took a bad beat," HogWildPoker Chief Executive Officer Jeff Amrein said. "The majority of the 90 million online players play more for fun than money but were still booted from their virtual seats. Comparatively, there is a relatively small number of people who attempt to supplement their income or even earn a living gambling and playing online poker."

The future of online gambling sites is in limbo, according to analysts. Further shutdowns of poker gambling sites still operating in the U.S. are likely, and players fear their money may not be directly available. With such uncertainty, casual players are seeking out sites like HogWildPoker.

"We welcome the new, casual players to HogWildPoker," Amrein said. "And we promise a legal environment to pursue their pastime -- along with significant weekly and monthly freerolls. While we can offer cash and prizes, we won't allow gambling on our site. It's illegal."

When HogWildPoker was developed a year ago, the objective was to develop a platform that enhances the user experience and provides an alternative to "free" sites with hidden costs. Casual players can simply join a league or create their own to play against real or virtual friends.

Differentiators include voice chat, cards dealt face down, a 3D perspective, statistics when going head-to-head against a player you have previously faced, and poker players who are motivated to play the game, as opposed to players at other sites who go all in with any two cards.

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