LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The World Poker Tour® (WPT®) and Zokay Entertainment, owner of the Global Poker Index and the Fantasy Poker Manager, announced today that they have entered into an exclusive, three-year agreement naming the Fantasy Poker Manager as the official fantasy poker game of the WPT. The Fantasy Poker Manager is a free social game powered by the Global Poker Index and is available on Facebook. The Fantasy Poker Manager offers poker fans everywhere a simple to learn and easy to use fantasy game based on live poker tournaments, providing the opportunity to engage with other fans and poker professionals alike.
The agreement between the Fantasy Poker Manager and the WPT furthers the goal of the Global Poker Index of bringing the poker community and the fans of poker closer together. Through cross promotion of WPT live events and the Fantasy Poker Manager social game on Facebook, fans will have a virtual front row seat at more than 20 WPT events throughout the WPT season. Every WPT event around the world will be highlighted in the Fantasy Poker Manager, allowing fans to interact and build relationships with professional players as well as their friends playing the game throughout the year.
"The World Poker Tour is a famous franchise all over the world. Partnering with the WPT brings more focus and attention to the Fantasy Poker Manager as well as the sport of poker and furthers our goals of bringing the fans and professionals closer together," said Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of the Global Poker Index and the Fantasy Poker Manger.
"The Fantasy Poker Manager is a great way for poker fans to keep track of the progress of their favorite players on the World Poker Tour," said WPT CEO Steve Heller. "It's a fun way for them to follow the tour all year long, and even compete for bragging rights against their friends over who drafted the best stable of players."
Poker fans can begin drafting their team now before the start of the WPT LA Poker Classic, which begins Saturday, February 23, by creating a Fantasy Poker Manager account at http://apps.facebook.com/fantasypokermanager/. The WPT will provide live reporting at all of its events, allowing fans to keep up to date on the action at each event and follow players on their fantasy poker teams with great live coverage and frequent chip count updates.
The WPT will also support and promote the Fantasy Poker Manager through its full suite of online tools and social properties, helping bring the Fantasy Poker Manager to an even broader group of poker fans in North America and Europe.
In the seven months since its acquisition by Zokay Entertainment, the Global Poker Index has been solidified as the live tournament poker ranking authority worldwide. Zokay plans to continue developing the Global Poker Index as the premiere tool and ranking system for the poker industry, with the expectation of making a significant investment in promoting poker and the Global Poker Index across the globe in an effort to establish industry standards for the multi-billion dollar live poker industry. Expect many exciting announcements from Zokay Entertainment and the Global Poker Index in the months to come.
About Zokay Entertainment
Zokay Entertainment is the new entertainment and poker company established by Alexandre Dreyfus, founder of the Chiligaming group. The group, whose motto is 'Connect players™', is based in Malta and the US and currently has 15 employees. Zokay acquired the Global Poker Index in August, 2012 and has turned it into the reference tool for worldwide poker rankings and has developed it as a bridge between offline and online poker and poker in a social gaming environment.
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 11th season which will air on FSN in the United States. Season XI of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club and is available in 35 states across the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WorldPokerTour.com.
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