SOURCE: PurePlay

July 01, 2008 08:00 ET

PurePlay's Final Qualifying Winner Set to Play at World Poker Championship Main Event

PurePlay First to Launch 2009 World Series of Poker* Seat Giveaway Tournament

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - PurePlay (www.pureplay.com), the largest U.S. compliant play-for-cash online poker site, announced today that it has completed the last of its 2008 World Series of Poker*-qualifying tournaments awarding a free seat to the upcoming Main Event in Las Vegas. PurePlay has launched a new round of $10,000 seat giveaways for the 2009 WSOP* tournament.

The winner of PurePlay's final qualifying tournament for the Main Event is Barry Johnson of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, in the United Kingdom. Clacton will join earlier PurePlay qualifying tournament winners at the World Championship of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, which begins on July 3. "I'm tremendously excited at the prospect of coming to the U.S. and competing in the world's biggest poker event," Johnson said. "Given that I've been playing for only two years, I'm amazed that I'm being given this opportunity to win millions without risking any of my own money."

"We continue to outpace our competitors by giving away the largest number of WSOP* Main Event seats among all U.S. based poker sites," said Jason Kellerman, CEO of PurePlay, the U.S. market leader. "The PurePlay World Series Qualifier Tournaments have proved to be so popular that in the coming year, we will increase the number of tournaments and maintain our leadership in fielding players at the 2009 Main Event championship."

Kellerman noted that all players 18 years of age and over are eligible to compete in PurePlay's 2009 World Series Qualifying Tournament. For information on how to enter, go to http://player.pureplay.com/player/help/HowToWinDaily.html#wsop

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 PurePlay.com or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.

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