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World Championship Poker 2 Challenges You To Take On The Pros

April 10, 2007

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POKER 2 CHALLENGES YOU TO TAKE ON THE PROS

Oxygen Games ups the stakes with confirmation of professional poker players starring in its up-and-coming poker title.

Oxygen Games today unveils details of the talent featuring in its star studded poker simulation. For Talent Bio's read on, and for video evidence of the Pros and the challenge they create for console owning poker fans check the video out here, or at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQVWqo3C3fQ 

Cited as ‘the most realistic playing poker simulation out there’ (gamespot.com) World Championship Poker 2 captures the challenge and intensity of the uncompromising real world game and dares players to learn the ropes, take the challenge… and become a winner!

For an increased challenge the publisher is pleased to divulge further details of the selection of the world’s best professional poker players putting their names, play styles and iconic signature personality traits to the game. The games Pros serve as added competition for any wanna be poker pro working their way up the career ladder of an emerging star.

Out for PlayStation®2 and PC on the 20th April 2007, and for Xbox® 360 and PSP® System on the 15th June 2007, World Championship Poker 2 boasts a selection of the world’s best players who can be challenged across all four formats of the title. Daring players to come face-to-face with their greatest challenge yet, World Championship Poker 2 for Xbox 360, PS2, PSP and PC, stars: Howard Lederer, Annie, Duke, Greg Raymer, Amir Vahedi, Paul Darden, Clonie Gowen, Robert Williamson III, Erin Ness, Marcel Luske and Thomas Bihl.

Player Bio’s:

HOWARD LEDERER “The Professor of Poker” Howard Lederer has quickly become one of the most respected players around. Howard is an intellectual player who has won two World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour tournaments. He holds thirteen major poker titles including the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour championships. Howard left college to become a chess player, but ended up becoming a poker player instead. He worked by day and played by night.After many losses, he found a way to make a living at the poker table and become the player he is today.

ANNIE DUKE Born in Concord, New Hampshire, she began playing poker at age 22 and left the University of Pennsylvania to play poker. She learned the game from her brother Howard Lederer - who she considers one of her most respected players along with Ted Forrest, Jennifer Harman, and Eric Seidel. Annie works with UltimateBet.com, where she promotes the site and writes articles on poker. Annie is considered by most to be the best female poker player in the world and she regularly proves that women can excel in poker, which has traditionally been dominated by males. She is the top female World Series of Poker money winner in history.

GREG RAYMER "Fossilman" Greg Raymer is the 2004 World Series of Poker champion. He is a married patent attorney whose nickname "Fossilman" comes from the fossils he uses as card protectors at the table. Like second place finisher David Williams, and 2003 WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer won his entry on an online satellite tournament. Greg defeated a record field of 2576 players, winning $5 million dollars for his first place finish which is the single largest cash prize for a poker tournament.

AMIR VAHEDI Born in Iran, Amir Vahedi is a Southern California-based tournament professional. Many people recognize him from the WSOP final table in 2003. He was ranked first for "tournament player of the year" for 2003 with his nine no-limit final table appearances in 2003. This includes his sixth place at the WSOP (where he has lifetime earnings of $300,000) in 2003 where he made it to the final table for the third time. He was also named "No-Limit Texas Hold'em" Player of the Year as well as "Best All Around" award at the Poker Finals at Foxwoods in 2001.

PAUL DARDEN A solid and intense player, Paul holds a World Poker Tour Title and World Series of Poker Bracelet. Paul is a former nightclub owner and is active in the real estate world. He is also an active participant in the tournament circuit and frequently places in cash games. Paul was featured as one of the World Poker Tour “Bad Boys of Poker”.

CLONIE GOWEN Clonie Gowen is considered one of the up and coming female players. She started playing poker while living in Dallas and driving to Shreveport on weekends and making a few hundred dollars each week. She placed 10th on the World Poker Tour tournament in Costa Rica, then ended up winning the WPT Ladies Night Invitational by beating more experienced players like Annie Duke and Jennifer Harman. Formerly a travel agent, she now solely relies on her poker income. She takes breaks when she is doing bad and approaches her profession cautiously (her single biggest tournament win is $25,000) - she has made a profit each of the 9 years she has played (her longest losing streak lasted a month).

ROBERT WILLIAMSON III Robert was a born poker player. He waited on his father's game at five and was playing by age 10. So it's no surprise that someone who started so early was already had a lot of success. Known for his Pot Limit Omaha expertise, Robert Williamson III won a WSOP bracelet in that event in 2002. Williamson's career goal is simple - to win more gold bracelets. Although PLO is his favourite tournament game, Williamson likes to play mixed games or triple-draw lowball in cash games.

ERIN NESS In 2005 Erin attracted the poker world’s attention by becoming the third highest placing woman in the main event of the World Series of Poker. She earned her seat in the tournament by winning a company poker tournament at Maxim Magazine, where she works as a photo producer. Subsequent to her finish at the WSOP, she competed in the televised Poker Royale: Young Bloods tournament where she placed second to David Williams. Erin still continues her day job at Maxim, but tries to play poker as often as she can.

Marcel Luske “The Flying Dutchman” His signature upside down sunglasses and musical contributions at the table make Marcel one of the most memorable and popular players in the game today. With over 80 significant tournament finishes internationally during his career, it was the 2003 and 2004 WSOP Main Events that put him in front of the poker public and have made him one of the most respected and most watched players on the circuit. Marcel was the European Poker Awards Player of the Year twice, in 2001 and 2004.

Thomas Bihl With no more than two years of professional experience, Thomas Bihl - AKA ‘Buzzer’ - is considered one of the best online poker players in the world. Born and raised in Germany, Thomas began his poker experience in May 2004. Six weeks later, he won a 1600 player online tournament and established himself as a premier online poker player. Thomas is best known as a Sit`n`Go specialist; a discipline where he progressed through the ranks. These days he can be found playing and winning the highest tournament buy-ins online. Whenever Thomas feels the need for a change, he enjoys the challenge of live poker tournaments and has made several final tables (including a win) mainly in European Ranking Events.

World Championship Poker 2 captures the challenge and intensity of the uncompromising real world game and dares players to learn the ropes, take the challenge… and become a winner! World Championship Poker 2 is scheduled for release on the 20th April 2007 for PlayStation®2 and PC, and on the 15th June for Xbox® 360 and PSP® System.

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