Harrahs to offer intranet casino poker

Jan 29, 2008 12:41 AM

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) recently approved a commercial version of Progressive Gaming’s World Series of Poker ”˜Peer to Peer’ Texas Hold’em game, which allows poker players sitting at terminals located anywhere within a licensed casino to be able to play poker online, even if the casino has no card room.

"The product re-creates the excitement of an Internet poker room within the confines of a regulated casino, and its functionality allows operators to leverage available floor space that previously was not used for gaming options," noted Derek Harmer, senior vice president of Global Sports and Wireless Operations for Progressive Gaming.

Harmer added that Progressive has a wired and wireless version of the computer poker game.

"We plan the commercial introduction of both the wired and wireless versions of World Series of Poker ”˜Peer to Peer’ Texas Hold’em in certain GLI regulated casinos throughout the balance of the year," he said.

Progressive Gaming has a limited exclusive license agreement with Harrah’s Licensing Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. PGI was granted the right to develop the WSOP brand as a systems-based gaming product.

Placement of the new poker game will begin in Harrah’s casinos in certain GLI markets in which they operate prior to making the product available to customers worldwide.

According to Progressive Gaming International (formerly Mikohn Gaming), here are additional details about its new game:

”¡ World Series of Poker Peer to Peer Texas Hold’em offers many of the popular features of "Internet style" poker, including cashless account-based wagering, the option to play multiple tables/tournaments at the same time, and the ability for a player to view his account history, a summary of recently-played games, and even a statistical breakdown of their play.

”¡ This multiplayer poker system is designed to allow patrons to compete against other players over a real-time, secure intranet server, allowing operators to offer an unlimited number of tables and variety of configurations and limits while tracking play and delivering promotions through their existing player rewards system.

”¡ Poker players will no longer need to be physically located at a poker table, as they will be able to play World Series of Poker Peer to Peer Texas Hold’em at a variety of locations within a casino, including at bars, restaurants, or lounges, against players located at the same site or across multiple properties.