Austin, Texas – Graphite Fusion today is pleased to introduce Word Poker Live Free 1.0 for iOS, their new Multi-Player Online Game, where players are dealt cards displaying a letter and its value, and they must draw from both their 3 pocket cards and the 5 community cards on the table to spell the highest scoring word possible. Betting follows the rules of no-limit Texas Hold’em, allowing players to go “all in” at any time. Gameplay is live online, with Graphite Fusion servers dealing at tables with buy-ins from $300 to 20 million. The free game provides beginners with $10,000 in chips to start playing immediately, and additional chips are available as an in-app purchase.

Feature Highlights:
* Texas Hold’em Poker, but with Words
* Choose from a wide variety of different avatars
* Run out of chips? Get some more from the store
* $1,000 in free chips at launch if you are out of chips
* $10,000 in free chips when you first play the game
* Gain Achievements based on the words you spell
* Play against REAL people in REAL time

The perfect blend of Texas Hold’em betting action and Scrabble word skills, Word Poker Live Free is always ready for hours of entertaining, challenging gameplay. On launch in landscape orientation, the number of players currently online is displayed, and players have the option of signing in or playing as a Guest. Players take one of the nine seats (usually not all occupied) at the $300 buy-in table by default. Experienced players can easily enter any of 11 other rooms, where the table buy-ins include: $1,500, $4,000, $8,000, $30,000, $60,000, $150,000, $500,000, $800,000, $1,500,000, $5,000,000, and $20,000,000. For players seeking the extra thrill of high-stakes gambling, additional chips are available as an in-app purchase (approximately $.01 (USD) per $1,000 in chips, depending upon the amount of chips purchased).

Interactive, multi-player, online gameplay is flawless, with each player able to view the avatar of everyone at the table (in-game chat can be toggled on/off in the user Preferences). Graphite Fusion’s high-bandwidth servers provide near instantaneous interconnection, providing a live experience. In fact, in situations where all players check, one after another, the knock sound produced by the game may be heard five times in five seconds. Players have approximately 15 seconds to call, check, raise, or fold when it is their bet, and approximately 30 seconds to type in the word they want to play at the end of betting.

Each card has a large capital letter and a small number in the corner indicating its value, between 1 and 13. Players attempt to make a word with the highest score, the sum of the values of each letter in the word. The highest scoring word wins the hand, regardless of the number of letters used. Gameplay follows all the rules of Texas Hold’em, with an opening bet, and subsequent opportunities to bet after the flop, the turn, and the river. The only differences in Word Poker Live Free are that players are dealt 3 rather than 2 pocket (private) cards, and the hand a player shows following all bets may contain between 1 and 8 cards, rather than the usual 5 used in poker.

“Word Poker Live is the only app in the App Store that allows you to play word-based Texas Hold’em Poker with REAL people!” stated Jeremy Nortey of Graphite Fusion.” Each letter is assigned a point value based on its frequency of use in words. Use the three cards in your hand and the five cards on the table to create a word that is worth more points than the words created by the other players at the table. Bet, Call, Check, and Raise along the way in order to increase the total amount of money you can win! Can’t spell a word? Try to outsmart your opponent by bluffing! Its Texas Hold’em Poker, but with Words!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad 1/2/3
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 18.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Word Poker Live Free 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Also available is an ad-free version for $0.99 (USD).

Word Poker Live Free 1.0
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Based in Austin, Texas, Graphite Fusion was founded by Jeremy Nortey in 2010. Graphite Fusion’s aim is to design innovative games with some sort of social aspect to them. Copyright (C) 2010-2012 Graphite Fusion. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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