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World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer "All In" Ships for Xbox 360 with Xbox Live Compatibility

Newport Beach, CA - Nov 09, 2006 Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced that the third installment in the best-selling poker video game franchise in North America, World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer “All In,” for Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, is now shipping to retailers nationwide.

WCP: All In features some of the most recognizable and successful poker stars in the world, including Howard Lederer, his sister Annie Duke (who becomes exclusive to the World Championship Poker franchise with this installment), and Robert Williamson III. Joining the roster in this year’s edition are noted international poker superstars Marcel Luske, Thomas Bihl and Erin Ness, who parlayed a victory at a Maxim Magazine office tournament into a seat at the 2004 World Series of Poker.

Over the past few years, the World Championship Poker series has developed a reputation for being a game intelligent and diverse enough to appeal to poker players of all skill levels. Last year, Official Xbox Magazine noted that the World Championship Poker series was for “people who like to play poker, where other games are for people who like to watch poker,” and Louis Bedigian of GameZone called WCP: All In “The best of the best.”
The Xbox 360 version of WCP: All In takes advantage of next-generation technology with larger, more detailed environments and a more cinematic view. A dynamic shadow-casting system, self-shadowing on characters and advanced shader effects lend additional realism.

World Championship Poker: All In is also available for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

About World Championship Poker: All In

Developed by Point of View, World Championship Poker: All In continues to feature the most innovative one player career mode. Career mode now includes series tournaments, mixed games, and reoccurring home games. Other new features of WCP: All In include: • 19 types of poker, including Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud Omaha and More. • Multi-Table Online Tournaments • Scenario Mode: Players are presented with a series of poker “puzzle” challenges that gradually increase in difficulty. • Lucky Charms: Players can improve their luck through this Career Mode skill. • Mixed Games: Play two or more variations of poker during a single game, with the game changing every time the dealer button makes it around the table. • Play with new pros – in-game character likenesses and voices, as well as play styles and iconic signature personality traits for some new pros: Thomas Biehl, Marcel Luske and Erin Ness, as well as returning pros: Howard Lederer, Annie Duke, Robert Williamson III. • Reputation System: How well you play, your success in mini-games, and a number of other factors enhance (or hurt) your reputation in Career Mode – which unlocks extra tournaments and more lucrative action for you.

World Championship Poker All-In will support for the EyeToyTM USB Camera for PlayStation®2and Xbox Live® Vision for the Xbox 360, which allows online opponents to see each other as they play, in addition to supporting text chat. The Xbox 360 version will also support the Xbox Live® online entertainment network including Scoreboards, Voice/Chat and Live Aware.

About Crave Entertainment

Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP® (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube(TM), the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

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