Hollywood Poker Raises $10,000 In World's First-ever Celebrity Facebook Poker Game For Charity

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Thursday, November 29th 2012
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Actor James Woods Takes Top Celebrity Spot; Fan Player Dirk Vanry Wins Trip to Hollywood to Party on Oscar Night; Next Celebrity Tournament is December 22

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Celebrated actor James Woods played a great hand to out game more than 60 celebrity opponents including Kellan Lutz (Twilight Series), Billy Burke (Revolution), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), and Michael Vartan (Hawthorne), at the first Hollywood Poker Facebook tournament www.facebook.com/hollywoodpoker . Woods brought home big winnings for his charity, earning thousands for The Michael J. Woods Foundation, in all over a dozen celebrities won funds for their favorite causes.

Held Saturday, November 17, the online event attracted an unprecedented 60+ stars, their game-playing fans and other poker enthusiasts, joining together to play in a multi-table game of Texas Hold Em'.  With each star playing for the charity of their choice, but it was Woods who took top honors.

"I always enjoy a good game of poker – but this tournament took it to a whole different level," enthused Woods.  "Competing with so many celebrity friends, connecting with fans worldwide and raising funds for a worthwhile charity was nothing short of amazing.  I'm proud to be the winner of this first online celebrity tournament from PLAOR, which has officially carved a revolutionary new niche in the way Hollywood does charity."

Other celebrities who played in this first Hollywood Poker charity tournament Rocky Caroll (NCIS), Dule Hill (Psych'd), Josh Malina (Scandal), Mimi Rogers (Two and a Half Men), Willie Garson (White Collar), Omarosa (The Apprentice), Andy Milder (Weeds), James Roday (Psych'd), Lenny Venito (Neighbors), Michael Welch (Twilight Series), and over 50 others.  See the complete list on the Hollywood Poker fan page: www.facebook.com/hollywoodpoker

This event validated a new and promising  model for more easily benefiting charities near and dear to celebrities, Hollywood Poker introduced the first ever celebrity Poker Facebook tournament to help launch its parent company, PLAOR, a start-up gaming venture with the mission to combine fun, fandom and philanthropy.

For the first time, fans were able to join this unique, live online event to connect with their favorite stars and interact with them in a meaningful way at the virtual poker table..  Tens of thousands of eager fans rushed the tables to be a part of the action. Ultimately it was Dirk Vanry (CITY) who outmaneuvered fellow players to win the grand prize: an all-expense paid trip to Hollywood to party with the stars on Oscar night.

PLAOR's celebrity relationship executive and co-founder Alan Pavlish said, "We are overwhelmed by the amazing support of our celebrity friends. This really is just the beginning of what we will bring to fans.  The team is already preparing for our next celebrity charity event that will take place on December 22nd fans and players can get in on the action now on facebook at www.facebook.com/hollywoodpoker.

About PLAOR

PLAOR (www.plaor.com) is a new social games publisher which offers gamers the exciting and rare experience of playing with their favorite celebrities, coupled with the gratifying opportunity of benefiting worthwhile charities around the world.  The company is transforming the gaming world beginning with the premier of Hollywood Poker on Facebook which features over 200 celebrity players taking on gamers of all levels in their Celebrity Club and star-studded tournaments. PLAOR is led by a team of visionary game designers, producers and executives from Zynga, Disney/Playdom, EA, Sony Online, THQ and Microsoft/Xbox.

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