IGT Goes 'All In' With Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker™ at World Series of Poker

Poker Game's Mathematical Model Simulates the Operation of the Human Brain to Give Players Authentic Experience

Nov 03, 2011, 09:00 ET from IGT

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The over 150 million Texas Hold'em fans around the world will be hootin' and hollerin' at no longer having to wait in long lines to play the tables or lasso up a willing opponent with the debut of Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker™ from International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT). Premiering at the 2011 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas on Nov. 5-6, fans can now enjoy everything they love about Texas Hold'em – the strategy, bluffing and tells – in an interactive poker machine.

IGT's Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker™ is the first poker game to use a neural net, a technology-developed mathematical model that simulates the operation of the human brain.

The advanced technology of Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker™ recreates engaging behavioral nuances such as opponent "bluffing" and "thinking" in a scenario that's less intimidating than a live-table experience – making the slot machine inviting to all levels of Texas Hold'em players.

View the IGT Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker video

In addition to the innovative technology, a number of other features will have casino-goers strapping on their cowboy boots to test their skills against this highly individualized game:

  • Striking graphics and player-customizable options – including fun touchscreen good luck charms – will entertain and delight even the coolest poker players.
  • The Multi-Hit Stud Bonus game doubles the action and increases the player experience.
  • After the conclusion of a game, the "peek" feature gives the player the choice to see the opponent's cards – even if a showdown did not take place – giving the player insight as to how the opponent plays.

At this year's World Series of Poker, Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker™ will be on display for players, operators and media to try on Nov. 5-6. IGT brand ambassadors will be handing out free play coupons from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

"Designed to bring all the thrills and high drama of live-action table Texas Hold'em to the slot machine format, players will want to put on their shades and pull down the brim of their hats to hide their tells when they saddle up to Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker," said Eric Tom, IGT executive vice president, North America Sales and Global Operations. "This is a game that players of every level can test their craftiest bluffing strategies and Texas Hold'em skills against."

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