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GSN Features Six of the Top Poker Players Under 30 Years Old in Its First Two Hour Poker Special - 'Poker Royale: Young Bloods' Friday, May 20 from 9-11 PM ET/PT

[via press release from GSN]

GSN Features Six of the Top Poker Players Under 30 Years Old In Its First Two Hour Poker Special - 'POKER ROYALE: YOUNG BLOODS' Friday, May 20 From 9-11 PM ET/PT

First-Ever Young Bloods Tournament Features Princeton Senior Michael Sandberg, Back-to-Back WSOP Champ Scott Fischman and WSOP Second Place Champ David Williams

- Media Invited to Attend Taping May 20 in Los Angeles -

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 13 -- GSN's popular Texas Hold'em franchise, POKER ROYALE, is airing a two-hour special during Friday Night Casino Night, on May 20 at 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT. The special, POKER ROYALE: YOUNG BLOODS, will showcase six of the game's top young players all under the age of 30, vying for a total cash prize pool of $50,000. The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of Programming at GSN.

POKER ROYALE: YOUNG BLOODS seats the new generation of professional poker players at the table to demonstrate their brand of no limit hold'em. The tournament's winner receives $20,000, second place receives $10,000, and third, fourth, fifth and sixth place each receive $5,000.

Competing in the tournament are: Michael Sandberg (22-year-old Princeton student who has won over $120K since Sept. '04), Scott Fischman (Youngest player to win two back-to back WSOP bracelets), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (First place winner at the 2005 LA Poker Classic), David Williams (Second place winner in the 2004 WSOP championship event), Erica Shoenberg (member of the MIT Blackjack team) and Erin Ness (Second highest female in 2004's World Series of Poker).

The special is hosted by John Ahlers (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) with color commentary by poker pro Robert Williamson III and sideline reporting by Lisa Dergan.

POKER ROYALE: YOUNG BLOODS is executive produced by Jeff Mirkin and John Faratzis for Jeff Mirkin Productions.

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

Web Site: http://corp.gsn.com

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