SOURCE: Ujogo

July 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Ujogo Creates First Visually Rich, Immersive Network for Free Online Poker That Rewards Players With Valuable and Creative Prizes

Ujogo Launches in Public Beta and Is Already Endorsed by Leading Poker Pros

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - Ujogo (pronounced "you-joe-go") today announced the public beta of its new, visually engaging online free poker site for U.S. players of all levels. While many online gaming and poker sites exist today, Ujogo is the first to offer the combination of rewards for winning play, a graphically rich environment, educational and training tools to help players improve, and social networking tools to facilitate player interaction.

Ujogo also announced its Series A funding and the acquisition of Gaming Everywhere.

Online poker is one of the most popular games on the Web, attracting over 30 million US adults. Approximately 80% of all poker traffic is driven by free games, with players logging over 5 billion hours per year.

Virtually all free online poker today is for play money with absolutely nothing at stake. As a result, most free online poker play does not come close to replicating the competitive thrill of playing for something of value, which makes it unsatisfying for many who want to improve their skills. Ujogo is making free online poker a much more challenging, competitive and rewarding experience. It provides the thrill of playing at a real-money gambling site, without any of the risk.

Player development is key at Ujogo, filling a void that currently exists at most poker sites. Now, players have access to a wide variety of educational and training tools, such as video tips from the pros and statistics that help players analyze their play.

Ujogo appeals to experienced and novice players. With Ujogo, strong tournament players can earn a wide range of attractive prizes, including gift cards, consumer electronic devices, and even once-in-a-lifetime experiences. All players, regardless of skill level, accumulate Ujogo points while playing. These points can be redeemed at the company store for valuable merchandise.

Ujogo also offers much more than exciting game play. The site offers a rich set of social networking and personalization features, including the ability to create profiles, choose avatars, and search for players with similar interests. In addition, Ujogo has incorporated an interactive area where players can read news feeds, watch training videos, browse user profiles, and review personal statistics during game play.

Prominent poker pros agree that Ujogo stands out as an exciting new entrant in the online poker and games space.

According to John "The Razor" Phan, consistently one of the top pros and #2 Player of the Year in 2005 according to Card Player Magazine, "I'm excited to be working with Ujogo! Ujogo rewards good play and this site is great for all skill levels to hone and develop better techniques. You can even set up a virtual home game and personalize your user settings -- it's so cool. See you at the tables!"

Susie Isaacs, one of the top female poker players in the world and winner of the World Series of Poker ladies' championship in 1996 and 1997, adds: "Risk versus reward, that is how I have lived my life in business and in poker. If someone told me that I could play poker online for zero risk but for great reward, I'd say, 'You're bluffing.' At Ujogo, you can play poker online with no legal concerns and no investment. Ujogo has revolutionized online poker -- it's the 'nuts'!"

About Ujogo

Ujogo (derived from the Portuguese word for "game") provides free, highly competitive and rewards-based online games for millions of U.S. enthusiasts. The company's first game, online poker, is now in public beta. Founded in 2006, Ujogo is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.ujogo.com.

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