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It's (Not) Official: Harrah's and Bluff Announce WSOP Digital Media Alliance

BluffIn a press release dropped today, Harrah's and Bluff Media have finally announced, officially, the unofficial details of their pending partnership as it relates to all World Series of Poker events, including the WSOP in Las Vegas, the new WSOP Europe this September and the WSOP Circuit events that no one really seems to care much about.

According to the release, Bluff Media is "to be designated the official digital publisher and radio partner of the WSOP, the WSOP Circuit, WSOP Europe and other WSOP events."

Bluff will also operate www.worldseriesofpoker.com and provide "broadband, streaming and real-time content, including chip counts, live event updates and video and audio news programs and features."

At this time, only a letter of intent has been signed, and not yet a definitive aggreement, so that means the deal is not quite official yet and the shysters are still working out the nitty gritty while getting paid big bucks but it's about time they get the news out because people are already talking about it, like ThePokerBiz.com, who reported last month about the rumor that CardPlayer wouldn't have exclusive rights to the 2007 WSOP, to which we reported the same while also "hinting" that Bluff was getting the deal, and unrelatedly, that Lorenzo Lamas and Chad Brown were the same person, to which ThePokerBiz.com reported more than a week ago pretty much the same details announced in today's press release, to which some disgruntled CardPlayer employee posted an anonymous-yet-easily-tracked comment that you may or may not agree with.

It's worth noting that Chops won't have to shave his head live on RawVegas.tv because of today's announcement.

The Harrah's-Bluff press release after the jump...

Harrah’s, Bluff Media Announce Digital Publishing Alliance
For World Series Of Poker®, Other WSOP-Branded Events

LAS VEGAS - Harrah’s License Company LLC, an affiliate of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), has executed a non-binding letter of intent to form a digital publishing alliance with Bluff Media LLC for online and radio coverage of all World Series of Poker-branded events on a global basis.

The letter of intent, which is subject to execution of a definitive agreement, calls for Bluff Media to be designated the official digital publisher and radio partner of the WSOP, the WSOP Circuit, WSOP Europe and other WSOP events. Bluff will operate www.worldseriesofpoker.com and provide broadband, streaming and real-time content, including chip counts, live event updates and video and audio news programs and features.

“Bluff shares our vision for bringing WSOP content to every medium that matters,” said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. “Over the next four years, this alliance will help us connect with our players and fans in new and exciting ways, and further increase the value and relevancy of our global brand.”

"We believe the consolidation of digital-publishing rights under this agreement will lead to a more cohesive, integrative and compelling product for poker fans around the globe,” said Eddy Kleid, co-president of Bluff Media.

Bluff Media is the publisher of BLUFF magazine, America's leading poker publication, and co-publisher of newly launched SE7EN magazine, a sports-centric men's interest publication. Bluff Media pioneered poker on the radio by broadcasting final table play-by-play of 2006 World Series of Poker events on satellite radio. Bluff Media continues to be a leader in covering the world of competitive poker through its various print, internet, and broadcast media properties.

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment through its operating subsidiaries. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, nearly 70 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions, and now owns or manages casinos on four continents. The company’s properties operate primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names; Harrah’s also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos. Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

More information about Harrah’s is available at its Web site — www.harrahs.com. Information about the WSOP is available at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

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