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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Gamasutra - Microsoft Confirms Xbox 360 Production Surge, Plans

Microsoft Confirms Xbox 360 Production Surge, Plans

Xbox 360 hardware manufacturer and tech giant Microsoft has officially announced what it describes as "the broader availability of Xbox 360 consoles", while also providing new details on forthcoming games, game demos, and Xbox Live Arcade titles, in a new official statement. Firstly, and beginning this week, Microsoft has announced that "it will distribute two to three times the number of Xbox 360 consoles to the retail channel weekly." According to the company's statement, and following significant and continued shortages for the Xbox 360 hardware: "With component supplies in full production and third manufacturing partner Celestica Inc. now producing the next-generation console along with partners Wistron Corp. and Flextronics Corp., Microsoft is producing more Xbox 360 consoles than ever." As well as re-iterating forthcoming titles including Final Fantasy XI, Far Cry Instincts Predator and X-Men: The Official Game, the company took the chance to mention forthcoming known Xbox Live Arcade titles Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and the free-to-download Texas Hold 'Em Poker, which is sponsored by gambling firm Riverbelle. In addition, a new XBLA game, a conversion of board game Uno, was confirmed for release in the near future. Finally, the company confirmed new Xbox Live Marketplace downloadable content for new and forthcoming games, including new cars and achievements for Project Gotham Racing 3, downloadable multiplayer maps for Perfect Dark Zero, online cooperative gameplay options and new costumes for Kameo, plus a forthcoming Battlefield 2: Modern Combat game demo, and even The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's Horse Armor Pack. "Today we have turned a major corner," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. "With more consoles on their way to retail, 80 games available by June, and new content and experiences coming to Xbox Live all the time, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360."

Win More Than Just the Hand on River Belle in March: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Win More Than Just the Hand on River Belle in March Tuesday March 14, 10:42 am ET Throughout the month, River Belle Online Poker will offer new promotions, prizes and freeroll tournaments GIBRALTAR, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Winning in poker is a matter of skill and luck, but this March, River Belle Online Poker rewards players for just playing the game. River Belle will offer a series of promotions culminating with the grand prize "Wish You Were Here" weekend for two in Las Vegas. The weekly drawings taking place throughout March will give members the chance to win fantastic items including MP3 players, DVDs, and the ever popular cash credit for playing more poker. The giveaways can be won two separate ways -- one through a lucky draw and the other by being atop a weekly Leader Board. Players are able to earn entries into the lucky draw by gaining points or for each hour played during "hot hours" (8pm-10pm CST and EST). Players earn one point for each raked hand they play, and two points for every raked hand on specific fixed limit tables. To make your way to the top of the River Belle leader board, a player must have the most raked hands played in a given week, ending every Tuesday at midnight. Full rules can be viewed at http://www.riverbelle.com/lasvegas. In addition to valuable prizes, River Belle will be hosting monthly freeroll poker tournaments, which require no buy-ins and have guaranteed pots of up to $2,000. These tournaments take place throughout the month, every month, and are a great opportunity for new players to test their skills in a no-risk, high-reward setting. The month of giving ends when the lucky winner of the weekend for two in Vegas will be announced Thursday, March 23rd. "As a reward to our loyal customers who continue to make River Belle the premier site for online poker play, we wanted to increase the chances of winning beyond just the action at the tables," said Tim Johnson, Chairman of Carmen Media Group, owners of Belle Rock Entertainment. About River Belle River Belle (http://www.riverbelle.com) is the fastest growing online entertainment brand in the Belle Rock Entertainment group, which is owned by Carmen Media Group Limited based in Gibraltar. River Belle Online Casino, River Belle Online Poker and River Belle Multiplayer Casino make up the successful River Belle portfolio accommodating thousands of players every day. Part of the Prima Poker Network -- a global card room network where players from different card rooms play against each other, River Belle Online Poker is designed to bring players the ultimate poker experience. Incorporating state- of-the-art software powered by Microgaming and rich interface features, River Belle brings the best online games to life. As the most trusted name in online gaming, River Belle continues to set the standard in fair play, transparency initiatives and the promotion of responsible gaming.

Win More Than Just the Hand on River Belle in March: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Win More Than Just the Hand on River Belle in March Tuesday March 14, 10:42 am ET

Throughout the month, River Belle Online Poker will offer new promotions, prizes and freeroll tournaments

GIBRALTAR, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Winning in poker is a matter of skill and luck, but this March, River Belle Online Poker rewards players for just playing the game. River Belle will offer a series of promotions culminating with the grand prize "Wish You Were Here" weekend for two in Las Vegas. The weekly drawings taking place throughout March will give members the chance to win fantastic items including MP3 players, DVDs, and the ever popular cash credit for playing more poker.

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The giveaways can be won two separate ways -- one through a lucky draw and the other by being atop a weekly Leader Board. Players are able to earn entries into the lucky draw by gaining points or for each hour played during "hot hours" (8pm-10pm CST and EST). Players earn one point for each raked hand they play, and two points for every raked hand on specific fixed limit tables. To make your way to the top of the River Belle leader board, a player must have the most raked hands played in a given week, ending every Tuesday at midnight. Full rules can be viewed at http://www.riverbelle.com/lasvegas.

In addition to valuable prizes, River Belle will be hosting monthly freeroll poker tournaments, which require no buy-ins and have guaranteed pots of up to $2,000. These tournaments take place throughout the month, every month, and are a great opportunity for new players to test their skills in a no-risk, high-reward setting.

The month of giving ends when the lucky winner of the weekend for two in Vegas will be announced Thursday, March 23rd.

"As a reward to our loyal customers who continue to make River Belle the premier site for online poker play, we wanted to increase the chances of winning beyond just the action at the tables," said Tim Johnson, Chairman of Carmen Media Group, owners of Belle Rock Entertainment.

About River Belle

River Belle (http://www.riverbelle.com) is the fastest growing online entertainment brand in the Belle Rock Entertainment group, which is owned by Carmen Media Group Limited based in Gibraltar. River Belle Online Casino, River Belle Online Poker and River Belle Multiplayer Casino make up the successful River Belle portfolio accommodating thousands of players every day. Part of the Prima Poker Network -- a global card room network where players from different card rooms play against each other, River Belle Online Poker is designed to bring players the ultimate poker experience. Incorporating state- of-the-art software powered by Microgaming and rich interface features, River Belle brings the best online games to life. As the most trusted name in online gaming, River Belle continues to set the standard in fair play, transparency initiatives and the promotion of responsible gaming.

World Poker Association Drives To Unite Poker | Poker News

In tournament poker today the landscape is nearly one of chaos. With differing structures, rules and cash distribution levels, people who play the tournament circuit for any amount of time can run into a variety of significant differences from which there are no recourse. One organization that is looking to change the way the tournament poker world exists today came into existence with the announcement on March 27th of the debut of the World Poker Association. "The time is now for the poker world to unite, for all in the poker industry to come together and establish a strong governing body where everyone from the professional player to the casinos to the poker tours has a voice in the future of tournament poker," flatly stated 100% up to $500 bonus and $100 Million freeroll! Jesse Jones, the founder of the World Poker Association. "Together we can propel tournament poker to its place among the great professional sports." Jones should know what he is talking about; he is a highly respected longtime professional poker player who has had a great deal of success from his exploits in tournaments around the world, including the 2006 Aussie Millions speed poker tournament and, most recently, the 2006 WPT Invitational, in which he finished fourth. He also seems to have the support of many other professionals in the poker world, which was made public during the announcement of the birth of the organization during a press conference Monday. In the last five years, tournament poker has exploded onto the worldwide consciousness. In the World Series of Poker Championship Event alone, participation has increased almost tenfold, with the same proportionate increase in the prize pool as well. "Now more than ever we need an organization such as the WPA," explained Jones. The desire of the WPA is to be the governing body of the sport of poker, much like the PGA is the governing body of golf. Through the efforts of the non-profit organization, the WPA will attempt to implement a standard for tournaments throughout the industry. "We are not, nor will we ever be, directly affiliated with any for-profit entity or tour," Jones was quick to state during the conference. "The WPA will establish uniformity throughout tournament poker by creating rules and regulations, by establishing a much needed codes of ethics and conduct, an emphasis on players' rights and benefits and an internationally recognized ranking system." It is desired by the WPA that membership will encompass the entirety of the poker industry. While it is firmly recognized that professional and amateur players will be the centerpiece of the organization, other segments must have representation as well in the World Poker Association. "Tournament directors are needed for their insight into the industry and dealers are often overlooked in the world of tournament poker," observed Jones during the conference. "Poker organizations and the multitude of tours are vital in the future of tournament poker and their involvement is needed to establish lasting benefits. Once standardized rules are created tours, casinos and online tournaments can easily implement the new rules." There are already many things that separate the World Poker Association from other entities that have attempted to unite the poker world. There seems to be a great deal of support from many players, with founding members that include notable players from around the world. Hendon Mob members Joe Beevers and Barny Boatman join up with 2005 WPT Championship final tablist Rob Hollink of the Netherlands and American professionals Barry Greenstein, Blair Rodman, Kenna James. Steve Brecher and Casey Kastle as just a few of the founding members of the organization. "Some may believe that this organization will fail because of the mentality of poker players themselves," recognized Jones. "People believe that many players are just too self-centered to unite to help the entire industry. I now challenge all poker players to prove these pessimists wrong!" There are other areas where the World Poker Association is different from other entities that have attempted to unite the poker world. Jones noted that other groups have been "for profit" operations, whereas the WPA has been established as a non-profit organization. "I do not now and won't ever accept compensation from this group," Jones added. He also pointed out that instead of an appointed leadership, the WPA will choose a Board of Trustees yearly from the democratic process of an election, where each member will have a hand in the selection of the leadership through voting. Additional information on the organization and membership opportunities can be found at wpapoker.com and the future could indeed be bright for the World Poker Association. This seems to be the first group that has a broad support from many in the poker world, from the players to tournament directors to casinos. We will continue to keep an eye on the WPA and will learn more about the organization in the near future.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Zen and the Art of Poker Blogging.. ;-)

Zen and the Art of Poker Blogging.. ;-): "One Lucky River Belle Player Will Have the Opportunity to Go Pro at the World Series of Poker: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance One Lucky River Belle Player Will Have the Opportunity to Go Pro at the World Series of Poker Monday March 6, 11:28 am ET River Belle Online Poker Will Send One Winner to Every Event at the 2006 World Series of Poker GIBRALTAR, March 6 -- At the final table of the No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Series of Poker Main Event, the greatest poker players in the world are at war with each other, giving cold stares and making bluffs, painfully relinquishing chips until only one is left standing, ready to claim a fortune. But fortunes are made at more than one table at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). ADVERTISEMENT This summer River Belle Online Poker will send one of its loyal players to compete in any or all of the 45 events at the 2006 World Series of Poker. Entry into the competition can be done in one of two ways: logging on to www.riverbellepoker.com and finding the WSOP Multi Event promotion or by accessing the WSOP Multi Event tables in the Satellites tab of Multi-Table Tournaments in the River Belle Poker software. The final tournament to determine the River Belle representative at the WSOP is scheduled for May 20th, and players can enter into qualifying tournaments with buy-ins as low as $11+$1"