LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Four folks from around the country are now in Las Vegas competing in poker's biggest contest against some of the most famous names in gaming, having won championship seats through ZEN Entertainment's free-to-play, U.S. legal tournaments.

Barbara S. of Yankton, S.D., who plays under the screen name of "Merciless," and Glenn "Poppa_Bowder" N. of Andover, Maine both won $10,000 Main Event Seat championships. Stephen "RajunKajun" M. of Dallas and Tom "Jestocost" G. of Kirkwood, Mo., each won $2,000 WSOP Seat VIP championships.

"Playing in the WSOP is going to be a dream come true and I can't thank you guys enough for this amazing opportunity," Barbara said. "What a thrill!"

"Our excitement at having some of our loyal fans and players take part in the most famous and glamorous poker event in the world cannot match the excitement that they feel," said John Grinzivich, ZEN Entertainment's Director of Player Care. "In a year that has seen dramatic changes in the world of online poker, we're happy to offer players a safe, legal home on the Internet where they can play for free and win these sorts of prizes."

Founded in Las Vegas in 2008, ZEN is a leading global developer of casino-style and tournament-style game platforms and games, uniting brands and communities in legal, online poker games for fun and prizes. ZEN's flagship product, the ZEN Tournament Network, is the leading free-to-play games network. The ZEN Tournament Network is deployed alongside third-party brands, such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), casinos and others.

About ZEN Entertainment
ZEN's platform is based on a U.S. legal, free-to-play social and casual games environment, featuring tournament-style poker and video poker. The company's platform consistently demonstrates high performance metrics, including 67-minute average user sessions and 10-plus hours of session play per month per user. ZEN provides each player with a diverse selection of tournaments to enjoy, many of which are sponsored by celebrities, national brands and manufacturers, movie studios and other marketers seeking to present their products to ZEN's highly engaged casual-game audience.

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