LAS VEGAS, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) and Zokay Entertainment, parent company of the Global Poker Index™ and Fantasy Poker Manager™, have entered into an exclusive, three-year agreement appointing Fantasy Poker Manager the official fantasy poker game of the WSOP.
The agreement furthers the Global Poker Index's goal of bringing poker players and fans closer together, while also promoting poker as a competitive sport.
"It is an honor for us to be recognized as the exclusive fantasy game of the World Series of Poker," said Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Zokay Entertainment. "We plan to continue our investment into Fantasy Poker Manager to make sure that poker fans get the best fantasy poker experience possible and are completely entertained during this year's WSOP."
"We know that many of our players and WSOP fans love the idea of fantasy poker," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "Now they have a great tool on Facebook that lets them compete with other fans around the world."
The WSOP will assist in the promotion of Fantasy Poker Manager through its available channels, helping to bring Fantasy Poker Manager to an even broader group of poker fans in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. In addition, Fantasy Poker Manager and Global Poker Index staff will be out in full force at the WSOP in Las Vegas this summer to provide assistance, updates and news to the players and fans.
The WSOP partnership with Fantasy Poker Manager also extends to the top Global Poker Index ranked players, who will receive special benefits and privileges to be announced before the start of this year's WSOP.
Fantasy poker enthusiasts can "practice" for this summer's WSOP ahead of time by setting up their team for the WSOP Asia Pacific event, which begins Thursday, April 4th. Teams can be drafted at http://apps.facebook.com/fantasypokermanager/.
Fantasy Poker Manager is a Facebook-based, free-to-play social game powered by the Global Poker Index. The game applies fantasy sports-like competition to live poker tournaments, providing a unique opportunity to engage with other users and poker professionals alike.
Fantasy Poker Manager launched in beta less than two months ago and immediately became the most popular fantasy poker game on Facebook, attracting 20,000 users - including the vast majority of the Global Poker Index's Top 300 players. Fantasy Poker Manager plans to have over 100,000 teams by the end of the WSOP this summer.
About Zokay Entertainment
Zokay Entertainment is the gaming entertainment company established by Alexandre Dreyfus, who previously founded Chiligaming. Zokay, whose motto is 'Connect players™', is based in Malta and the U.S. In August, 2012 the company acquired the Global Poker Index and has since transformed it into the premiere reference tool for worldwide poker rankings. With the release of Fantasy Poker Manager, Zokay aims to bridge professional poker and poker in a social gaming environment.
About World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2012, the event attracted 74,766 entrants from 101 different nations to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $222 million in prize money. Interested in Online Poker? Visit WSOP.com to learn about the World Series of Poker and how you can participate. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit our website at http://www.WSOP.com.
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