Winmedia Limited

June 21, 2011 09:58 ET

Winmedia Brings Live Poker Betting to Life With Radio Frequency Card Identification

Online Sportsbooks and Poker Rooms Converge as Technology Allows In-Running Betting on Live Poker Streams

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) - TV production company Winmedia Ireland Limited today announces a new development in online poker streaming and live, in-running betting.

The company, which has been producing poker TV programming for ten years, originally came up with live poker for betting in 2003, long before the technology was available. Now RadioFrequencyCardIdentification and Internet TV makes it easily achievable.

Winmedia has live streamed the IrishOpen, UnibetOpen tour and several 888 projects which has prompted a re-evaluation of live poker betting.

Several tours are now streaming hole cards but with a delay of thirty minutes but showing the hole cards rules out live, in-running betting. However Winmedia has developed a new and unique system with two elements which allows in-running betting.

1) Live -- The live stream includes all graphics such as flops, standings, betting frequency of the players, odds (on a tickertape) and statistics. All information the viewer requires to place an informed bet at this stage is available-hole cards are not shown.

With the RFID Table Winmedia can show accurate chip counts every hand so the viewer can keep track of the players and produce a form guide for every player at the table. This information can be exclusively owned by the client.

2) Delayed – A second delayed stream with hole cards on continuous replay one hour after the live stream means viewers can see in full detail how hands played out and what each player had. Just to satisfy their curiosity or build up player profiles.

Ian Langstaff of Winmedia commented: "What's new and unique about this is that people can see the live game and place bets from the shuffle up and deal. By showing the hole cards later clients can gain more player information for the future and as a bonus the second stream keeps viewers online for an extra hour as they will all want to see exactly what happened.

"We can cover any poker tournament on our dedicated final table set and with our TV expertise can also produce a TV show for distribution as well as the live and delayed video stream. We can also supply a live and delayed perpetual poker stream from our secure studio as a betting /poker feed. The studio can be used for the final live table of online tournaments. The final 8 players can be sent to the studio and treated as VIPs as well as playing on TV."

Finally, it is extremely important the integrity of the game is upheld so we have a panel of respected experts to act as stewards for all the broadcasts."

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