New way to play Hold'em coming to Harrah's

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Soon poker players will have a new way to play Texas Hold'em at Harrah's casinos. Progressive Gaming International Corp. received approval for its server-based World Series of Poker "Peer to Peer" Texas Hold'em game and will debut it in Harrah's properties.

Progressive Gaming Internationals' World Series of Poker "Peer to Peer" Texas Hold'em offers many of the popular features of Internet-style poker. Those features include:

  • Cashless account-based wagering
  • The option to play multiple tables/tournaments at the same time
  • The ability for a player to view their account history, a summary of recently-played games and a statistical breakdown of their play

The system is designed to allow patrons to compete against other players over a real-time secure intranet server, allowing operators to offer an unlimited number of tables and variety of configurations and limits, while tracking play and delivering promotions through their existing player rewards system.

Players will benefit by no longer needing to be physically at a poker table at the casino in order to play. Instead, they could be in the casino, in the bar or in a restaurant or lounge while they play, and they'll be playing against people located in their same casino or perhaps across multiple casino properties.

"World Sereis of Poker 'Peer to Peer' Texas Hold'em server-based gaming system provides operators with the ability to generate additional gaming revenue without the need to replace existing gaming units on their casino floors," said Derek Harmer, Progressive Gaming senior vice president of global sports and wireless operations.

"The product re-creates the excitement of an Internet poker room within the confines of a regulated casino, and its functionality allows operators to leverage available floor space that previously was not used for gaming options."

Progressive Gaming recently showcased the WSOP Peer to Peer system at the ICE show in London, and Harmer said the company was pleased that the product has now received approval from Gaming Laboratories International Inc. The company looks forward to setting up systems in GLI-regulated casinos.

"With the global recognition of the World Series of Poker brand and the potential for this product to generate additional revenues at the more than 5,000 regulated gaming venues throughout the world, we believe that over time, World Series of Poker 'Peer to Peer' Texas Hold'em will generate a meaningful installed base and growing revenue contributions for Progressive," Harmer said.

GLI is the gaming regulatory lab for nearly all Native American casinos, multiple states in North America, most riverboat casinos and several gaming venues across Canada as well as some jurisdictions in Europe, South America and Asia.

Progressive Gaming has a limited exclusive license agreement with Harrah's Licensing Company, a Harrah's Entertainment Inc. affiliate, granting Progressive the right to develop the WSOP brand as a systems-based gaming product.

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