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Absolute Poker Offers Race Challenge

4 May 2006

COSTA RICA – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Absolute Poker, the fourth largest online poker website in the world and one of ten exclusive sponsors of this year's Gumball 3000 Rally announced today a "Poker Race Challenge" for the 120 cars of this year's race around the world. When the drivers hit their Las Vegas checkpoint on Saturday, May 6, they will each be given a sealed envelope containing one poker playing card from a randomly shuffled deck. The first five cars to cross the finish line in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 7, will get to open their sealed envelopes during the awards ceremony at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills. If their combined five cards reveal a Royal Flush, Absolute Poker will not only pay them $1 million, they will also donate $1 million to the ROCKWORKS foundation, a first-of-its-kind "construction-production" organization that engages the entertainment community to support those affected by disasters and extreme poverty to achieve sustainable, long-term solutions.

"The Gumball 3000 Rally Drivers are a unique breed," said Mike Edwards, Absolute Poker marketing manager. "They have a passion for adventure and the open road and are also instilled with a sense of good fortune. Who better to play their hand and go for the Royal Flush as they hit the finish line on Rodeo Drive. We wanted to make the last leg of the race even more exciting for these drivers and potentially support the ROCKWORKS foundation."

 
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