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September 23, 2011

Poker legend Chris Moneymaker will be at Presque Isle Downs and Casino Oct. 15th to host a $25,000 poker tournament at the casino's new state-of-the-art poker room. "This event marks another significant gaming milestone for Erie, PA and for Presque Isle Downs and Casino," said Fred Buro, the casino's President and General Manager. "As it's been since we've opened, every effort was made to fill the 50 additional jobs needed to run the room with residents of Erie," said Buro.

Nine lucky people will win a seat at the final table with Moneymaker for a chance to win their share of the $25,000 prize.

There will be a VIP party and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. to begin the festivities. The new poker room is located upstairs in the former mutuel area adjacent to the Downs Clubhouse and Lounge. The general public is welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

To win a seat at the final table people will have to win a Shootout scheduled for Oct. 14th. There will be a total of nine shootouts offered on Friday, Oct. 14th with 90 people eligible to participate. People can win a seat to the Shootout by winning a Satellite Tournament scheduled to begin Oct. 3. The satellite tournaments will run daily at 7 p.m. through the 14th with a buy-in of $83. The winners of the Satellite Tournament will then be seated at a table of nine in the Shootout. People may also pay a $340 buy-in to the Shootout if they choose. Every person seated at the final table with Chris Moneymaker will be paid. The smoke free glass-enclosed poker room will feature nine tables and offer food and beverage service.

"The time has come to bring Erie poker players an exciting environment where the action never ends," said Christine Stacy, Poker Room Manager. "Complete with a bad beat jackpot, excellent food service, games for every level player and special events throughout the year."

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