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STACKED with Daniel Negreanu

Platform(s): PC, PSP, Xbox
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Myelin Media
Developer: 5000Ft

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'Stacked with Daniel Negreanu' (PSP/Xbox/PC) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 20, 2005 @ 11:19 p.m. PST

STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is the first video game to bring next-generation gameplay and broadcast quality production to Texas Hold 'em Poker. Learn everything from the fundamentals to advanced strategies from poker's premiere player and refine your game against the world's most advanced artificial intelligence system before testing your skills in massive online tournaments.

With participation from poker's most dynamic and successful professionals, a breakthrough artificial intelligence solution, massive online tournaments, and professional broadcast design, "STACKED" promises to deliver the most full-featured Texas Hold 'em experience ever created. Developed by 5000ft. Inc., the game is slated for release on the Xbox, the PSP, as well as the PC and other video game consoles in Summer 2005.

"STACKED" features a comprehensive poker school in which the player can receive tips and strategies from Daniel Negreanu (2004 ESPN Player of the Year, World Poker Tour Player of the Year, Card Player Magazine Player of the Year and all-time World Poker Tour money winner). Daniel will teach players everything from the fundamentals of Hold 'em to advanced tournament strategies through full motion video, voiceovers and dynamic in-game features. As players progress through the game's career mode, they can apply Daniel's teachings to overcome some of poker's most renowned stars, including Josh Arieh, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Carlos Mortenson, Evelyn Ng and David Williams.

"With more than 60 million Americans playing poker, Texas Hold 'em is emerging as a national pastime" said Gene Mauro, CEO of Myelin Media Inc. "Poker is as much a lifestyle as a game, and 'STACKED' offers an immersive experience for those looking to advance their skill and enjoyment of the sport."

The Poki Artificial Intelligence system utilized in "STACKED" is the culmination of over ten years of research by the University of Alberta's Poker Research Group. Poki adapts its tactics in real-time to exploit the user's playing style, detecting tendencies and deploying appropriate counter-strategies to deliver a challenging and authentic experience.

In the "STACKED" League, gamers can go online to organize a casual game with friends or compete to qualify for sanctioned multi-table tournaments. Communicating via text messages, voice chat and context-specific character gestures, players will be able to bluff their way to victory, goad opponents into making mistakes and celebrate winning a large pot with style.

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