World Poker Exchanges New Odds Maker

ANTIGUA and LAS VEGAS, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- World Poker Exchange today announced an exclusive partnership with professional poker champion Max Pescatori, "The Italian Pirate." The agreement is the first of its kind for the rapidly expanding poker site where Pescatori will serve as the resident odds maker for a poker tournament betting line. The betting lines will also be available at World Poker Exchange's affiliated site, World Sports Exchange. Terms of the agreement were not released.

"The Italian Pirate" will share his extensive knowledge with poker fans of all skill levels in his monthly column on the site featuring tips for betting on poker and Pescatori will represent World Poker Exchange during tournament appearances at the World Series of Poker and the London Open 2005. World Poker Exchange members will also be able to play against Mr. Pescatori at his regular "virtual table" that he will host on a recurring basis starting in July.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Max Pescatori, The Italian Pirate, to the World Poker Exchange family. With Max's extensive odds making knowledge and winning poker skills, our members will now be able to widen their involvement in poker, by having new opportunities to play with a leading pro, as well as wagering on the outcomes of the world's most prestigious tournaments, including World Poker Exchange's own London Open 2005," commented Haden Ware, managing director of World Poker Exchange. "Along with my latest results, this sponsorship is a very important milestone in my poker career. I'm excited and honored to be part of World Sports Exchange family," says Pescatori. "I look forward to playing a role in helping meet its commitment to become a major player in the online poker world."

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Pescatori is a professional tournament poker player who has won various titles and enjoyed 24 money finishes in 2004 alone. Pescatori, who wears his signature Italian flag bandana to every tournament, is often referred to as the "Italian Pirate." To date this year, he has placed second at the Mirage Poker Showdown $2,500 No Limit Hold'Em leaving the table with $75,000. Pescatori placed first at the 2005 World Series of Poker winning $10,000. Pescatori is well-known for appearing a record eight times at the final table of the television show, Ultimate Poker Challenge.

In the coming months, Pescatori plans to participate in major tournaments including The World Series of Poker and the London Open 2005, taking place August 3-6 at the 19th Century Old Billingsgate Market on the River Thames.

The World Poker Exchange ( is a licensed and regulated multi-player Internet poker room that has served the online community since the outset of online poker play. Based in Antigua and established in spring 2001, World Poker Exchange is one of the world's fastest growing on-line poker sites. - 2005-06-08 12:41:43

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