PokerTek and Carnival Award $150,000 in Prizes on the Fifth Annual Carnival PokerPro Challenge

Record Player Turnout - 360 Players in Final Event

Dec 10, 2012, 16:30 ET from PokerTek, Inc.

MATTHEWS, N.C., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PokerTek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEK) continued its successful partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines by hosting the fifth annual Carnival PokerPro Challenge onboard the Carnival Magic October 28November 4, 2012.

In its fifth year, the Carnival PokerPro Challenge hosted a variety of tournaments with a total combined prize pool of $150,000, including a $50,000 prize for first place in the main tournament. Several thousand players competed throughout the year for seats at the Carnival PokerPro Challenge, and 360 players – the largest turnout yet – played in the final event.

"The Carnival PokerPro Challenge has continued to grow, and with 360 players this year we broke the 2011 Challenge record of 312 players," said Mark Roberson, PokerTek's Chief Executive Officer. "Our tournament software is unrivaled in the industry, accelerating the speed of play and providing player-friendly features such as complete real-time game information, player statistics, and live leader boards. We are truly thrilled to partner with Carnival in hosting this event each year."

Qualifying for the 2013 Carnival PokerPro Challenge has already commenced. The 2013 event will be held the week of November 9, 2013 on Carnival's newest ship, the Carnival Breeze, sailing from Miami to Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk and La Romana, Dominican Republic. Players interested in playing in next year's tournament can qualify by winning a satellite tournament onboard Carnival's "Fun Ships" and at participating land-based properties. Seats are also available for purchase directly from Carnival for $750.

About PokerTek, Inc.: PokerTek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEK) is a licensed gaming company headquartered in Matthews, NC that develops and markets electronic table game solutions for the gaming industry.

Mark Roberson CEO and CFO PokerTek, Inc. 704.849.0860, x101

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