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October 01, 2009 17:34 ET

Super Bowl Champion Jerome Bettis, MMA Champion Tito Ortiz, Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole and Poker Star Daniel Negreanu Stand in the Way of Your $1,000,000

Online Qualifiers Face Brutal Line-up of Challengers as They Play Poker's Hottest TV Game Show, the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge on FOX

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - You won a free tournament on Pokerstars.net, defeating thousands of challengers. You submitted your entry video to PokerStars.net, hoping to edge out the hundreds of other tournament winners to earn your spot on national television and a shot at $1,000,000. Your reward? A chance to take on a team made-up of celebrities and the best poker pros in the world who are all determined to stop your quest. Beat them and your challenge is just beginning -- you then have to defeat poker superstar Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu not once, but twice. Do that and take home a million dollars.

Welcome to the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge, the hottest poker game show on television. Debuting on Sunday, October 11th directly after NFL on FOX coverage*, the series gives online qualifiers a chance at a seven-figure payday.

Players who win specially designated online tournaments at PokerStars.net will submit a 60-second video for the chance to be a contestant on the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge. Each person selected will receive roundtrip airfare and accommodations to the show's taping in Los Angeles for themselves and two friends.

The Game

Players will face a four-level gauntlet of heads up matches, win and advance. Lose and go home:

--  Round 1: Take on a celebrity defender such as reigning Playboy
    Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole, Super Bowl Champion, six-time Pro Bowl
    selection Jerome "The Bus" Bettis or MMA champion Tito Ortiz.
--  Round 2: Face a top Team PokerStars.Net Pro 2003 World Series of Poker
    Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Barry
    Greenstein, rising poker star and newest Go Daddy girl, Vanessa "Lady
    Maverick" Rousso
--  Round 3 and Round 4: Winning the million dollars won't be easy -- back-
    to-back heads up matches against four-time WSOP bracelet winner Negreanu.
    

Getting past the first two defenders is a tough task, but the challenger will have help. For each of the first two rounds, Negreanu will serve as a coach, discussing hands and offering advice, first sitting at the table beside the challenger in the celebrity heads up match, then moving into a specially-designed isolation booth when the challenger takes on the Team PokerStars.net Pro. For every level Negreanu helps the challenger win, PokerStars.net will donate $10,000 to a charity of Negreanu's choice.

The prizes for each victory

--  Round 1: A trip to the Bahamas for the PokerStars.net Caribbean
    Adventure
--  Round 2: $25,000. Take the money and walk or risk it against Negreanu
    for a chance to win $100,000.
--  Round 3: $100,000. The money is yours and you earn a seat at the final
    show's Table of Champions, where one player will have a chance to play
    Daniel heads up for $1,000,000.
--  Round 4: A life-changing $1,000,000.
    

If the celebrity defender beats the challenger, they earn $5,000 for their favorite charity. If the Team PokerStars.net Pro beats the challenger, they will earn $10,000 for their favorite charity.

"I'm thrilled to be part of this show. I love the concept and I know that it will be packed with great poker and all the bells and whistles, hip graphics and drama that FOX is known for," said Negreanu.

The five-episode series airs Sundays after NFL on FOX* on October 11th and 18th, continuing on November 22nd and December 13th and concluding with the heads up finale against Negreanu for $1,000,000 on December 27th.

Plus, thePokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge wouldn't be complete without something for poker fans at home. Viewers will have a chance to enter a freeroll tournament on PokerStars.net as part of the PokerStars.net $100,000 giveaway. Twice during each show, PokerStars.net will announce a special contest that will give viewers a chance to win easy money.**

Veteran FOX Sports announcer Chris Rose hosts the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge. The former host of FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period, who also handles NFL on FOX and MLB on FOX coverage, Rose has an extensive poker background, having served as host for three seasons of FSN's Poker Superstars Invitational as well as the network's Poker at the Plaza tournament.

Don't miss all the action and your chance at the PokerStars.net viewer giveaway. Tune in on October 11th after the NFL on FOX to become a part of the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge and see who not only walks away with a million dollars, but beats one of the greatest poker players in the world.

*Check local listings. PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge will air before NFL action in some markets.

**Go to Pokerstars.net for a full list of contest rules and qualifications.

About PokerStars.net:

PokerStars.net is the world's largest online poker school with over 26 million members worldwide. It's the premier destination for the world's top players -- with numerous tournaments running every day. PokerStars.net is renowned for offering the best software and security in the online poker world. PokerStars.net:

--  Has dealt over 32 billion hands
--  Has run more than 190 million poker tournaments
--  Holds the Guinness Book of World Records for 'Largest Online Poker
    Tournament' and 'Most Players at an Internet Poker Room'
    

PokerStars.net is the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour, PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour and The World Cup of Poker. PokerStars.net is the home of Team PokerStars.net Pro, a group of over 30 veteran and up-and-coming players from around the world who play online at PokerStars.net and are sponsored by the site in international tournaments around the world. For more information please visit www.pokerstars.net.

About FOX Sports:

FOX SPORTS -- As America's top-rated network for sports for the 12th-straight year (1997-2008), FOX Sports, recipient of the Sports Business Journal's 2008 Sports Media Award, boasts rights agreements with each of the nation's highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League's NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and XLV (2006-2011); NASCAR's Sprint Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); the Bowl Championship Series, featuring the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl from 2007 through 2010 and the BCS National Championship Game from 2007 through 2009; and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 76 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. For the latest sports news, opinion and video, log on to www.FOXSports.com.

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