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December 27, 2005

PARTYPOKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES will break new ground when it premieres on GSN's new Friday Casino Night, January 21 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Immediately following PARTYPOKER ROYALE is WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK featuring the world's finest blackjack players vying for their chance to win the $250,000 grand prize.

"Based on the success of our first party-poker series, we wanted to follow with a second installment with a unique twist. PARTYPOKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES is entertaining and engaging for players of every skill level," said Valentine. Valentine continues, "There's a real ongoing debate in the partypoker world as to whether the women are as good as the men. We sit our viewers right at the table to watch the play and hear the banter."

Leykis, the controversial sharp tongued broadcast radio personality, will undoubtedly root for the men. The "Tom Leykis Show" has been syndicated from Los Angeles since 1994, and has developed its reputation as a forum on male/female issues. In the ladies corner is TV personality Kennedy, who will lend her sassiness to the women's corner. Kennedy began her career as a radio DJ on LA's KROQ-FM, and later became known as a witty MTV VJ. Most recently, she was host of GSN's FRIEND OR FOE? and mediated over WHO WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA?, GSN's game show about California's historic Governor recall election.

In each of the first six episodes of PARTYPOKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES three men and three women from the teams of men and women will play a game of No Limit Texas Hold'Em. Every episode champion wins $10,000 and six points. The player who finishes second receives five points, third place receives four points, fourth place receives three points, fifth place receives two points and last place receives one point. In the seventh episode's final match, the top three point leaders for the men and women will face off for the championship. The winner of the tournament takes home $100,000 and wins an extra $30,000 to be split among the remaining team members.

1. Joe Sebok - One of the most enjoyable stories of the 2005 World Series was the emergence of Joe Sebok on the tournament partypoker scene. The son of Barry Greenstein, Joe has gone about partypoker the right way. He went to college and earned a degree and even worked in the "real world" before deciding he wanted to take a shot at being a PartyPoker professional. It all led to a very nice start to a promising partypoker career.

Joe earned two final table finishes during the World Series and has enjoyed success in other tournaments during the season. He should be a player that makes that breakthrough in 2006 in a major championship but, if not, he will always be honest with himself and his readers at his online partypoker blog on He is also quick to point out that he has much to learn about the game, as I found out when I talked to him at a recent tournament (writer's note: that interview will be here on PartyPoker News very soon!).

2. Doug Lee - The WSOP Circuit champion from the Las Vegas stop in the first season, Doug has continued on as 2005 played out and done very well. The Canadian has been able to make a final table during the World Series and has also come back for a return trip to the final table in a WSOP Circuit Main Event. Lee has a very puzzling game and seems to be a constant struggle for any player to get a read on.

Although many may think that he has reached his apex in 2005, Doug's game should guarantee him continued success as we start into 2006. With his unorthodox and unpredictable style, I would expect to see Doug Lee make even more final tables in 2006 and beyond and, perhaps, make even more of an impact on the tournament partypoker world in years to come!

3. Nick Schulman - The winner of the WPT stop at Foxwoods in November is finishing off 2005 in style. He just finished fourth at the WSOP Circuit stop at the Showboat in Atlantic City and, while his result in the event won't push him to the top of the 2005 Player of the Year list, his performance in two high profile tournaments in such a short period of time should put him well on the radar of the rest of the partypoker world for 2006.




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