SOURCE: National Poker League

June 14, 2006 15:00 ET

Poker Steps Into the Realm of High Definition Television This Summer From the Poker Room at Caesars Palace

The Vegas Open Series Premiere Set to Broadcast on July 2; Road Is Paved for a New Breed of Young Poker Stars

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 14, 2006 -- Gone are the days when televised poker tournaments require huge buy-ins to compete; now players with lots of game and a smaller bankroll can be television stars. The Vegas Open, the first such tournament, will be broadcast in high definition as a 13-episode series on INHD starting Sunday, July 2.

The tournament is being played in the recently opened and luxurious 14,500 square foot poker room in Caesars Palace and consists of 10 separate, $1,060 buy-in tournaments, open to the general public. Each event's winner advances to a semifinal heads-up round of play, from which five heads-up winners then advance to the final table for the chance to win $100,000 in cash, winner take all. The Vegas Open is the inaugural event in what is planned to be a series of international tournaments produced by the National Poker League, in association with Stella Productions.

The Vegas Open series will premiere on Sunday, July 2 (10:30 p.m. EASTERN) and run throughout the summer on INHD, an iNDEMAND Network. The show, the first poker series to be broadcast entirely in high definition, will speak to a younger generation of poker fans who know the game and are attracted by the allure of becoming a TV poker personality. Early results from the tournament are a testament to that, with younger players besting older, more seasoned competition.

"We envision The Vegas Open becoming one of the major arenas for players to make a name for themselves, without the requirement of huge bankroll or sponsorship," says Nene Gonzalez, National Poker League president. "We're giving players the opportunity to make some noise and, in the process, become a television star."

Oliver "Ali" Nejad, a prominent poker personality, will be providing commentary on the broadcast, while former WSoP champion, Scott Fischman, will give his "Into The Tank" poker tip and analysis during each episode.

National Poker League

The National Poker League (NPL), in association with Stella Productions, is an organization that produces poker events that provide dedicated players the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge of the game in a high profile setting. The NPL also aims at providing a younger crowd of players and fans with expert play and entertainment that they can be a part of, with tournaments such as The Vegas Open. For more information, visit: www.nplvegasopen.com

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace, a Harrah's Entertainment resort, is one of the world's best known resort-casinos celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world's top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features more than 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 26 diverse restaurants and cafes, 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, world-class health spa and salon services and 240,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. Its 4,100-seat Colosseum spotlights world-class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld, and sits just steps away from celebrity chef restaurants and The Forum Shops. For more information, visit or call (702) 731-7110 or (800) 634-6001.

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