It's Showtime in the 2nd Annual College Poker Championship

Only the Top 20 Percent Will Advance to the Final Table


 WHAT:  After eight months of anticipation and 37 preliminary
        tournaments in the 2nd Annual College Poker Championship(tm) 
        (, qualified students will have
        the opportunity to go head-to-head in this Sunday's Semifinal
        Tournament (4pm EST) and earn a highly-coveted seat at the final
        table. Only the top 20 percent will advance to the final game on 
        the 22nd and the chance to take home a significant portion of
        the $135,000 prize pool.

        To date, more than 25,000 registered participants from 2,400
        schools in 55 countries have competed. In addition to vying
        for a chance at the title of the official 2005 College Poker
        Championship winner, students also accrue points for their
        school in the rivalry competition. At the conclusion of the
        tournament, the college or university with the highest point
        total will be named the official 2005 College Poker Champion.

        The Top Ten schools to date will be represented by the
        following number of participants in Sunday's Semifinal:

         1. Pennsylvania State University, 157
         2. University of Florida, 96
         3. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 64
         4. Purdue University, 63
         5. Florida State University, 62
         6. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 60
         7. University of Illinois - Urbana-Campaign, 55
         8. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 53
         9. University of Texas - Austin, 49
        10. University of Central Florida, 47

 WHEN:  May 15, 2005 4pm EST -- The Semifinal Tournament: Only
        students who have advanced in the qualifying tournaments can
        participate, the top 20 percent move on to the Final Table.

        May 22, 2005 4pm EST -- The Final Table:
        -- The Champion will be awarded a $41,000 academic
        -- Each contestant placing 1st-10th will earn a $1,000
           donation to be awarded to the charity or organization of
           their choice.
        -- Players placing 2-10 will share a $53,300 scholarship
           prize pool.
        -- Players placing 11-80 will share a prize pool of $15,500
           of scholarship awards.


Interested in speaking to some hip and happenin' young poker players in your area? Lou Krieger, author of Poker for Dummies and the Poker Player's Bible, and the volunteer host of the CPC, is also available. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

 Kerry Johnson / Ann Manby, Lotus Public Relations /


The 2nd Annual College Poker Championship(tm) is open to registered college and university students worldwide to determine the official 2005 College Poker Championship winner. Entry into the tournament is free of charge, with all events being played with tournament chips. No purchase is required. College Poker Championship supports students' educational endeavors with scholarships worth $135,000, donations to charities, and champions the use of poker as a strategic learning tool.