his new technology will stream real time images of games via broadband public internet, accompanied by opportunities to wager on the outcome of individual hands, individual players and the outcome of tournaments.
Online viewers will experience the game as seen by the actual live tournament players, not as time delayed and edited with color commentary that is currently broadcast on television for entertainment purposes.
"The difference is like watching a live sporting event instead of a time delayed game with a determined outcome," remarked Steven Swank, president of Caribbean Gaming and Casino Corp., owner of the Sosua Bay Grand Casino. "It is an interactive experience never offered before now. We hope to have this up and running by late 2009."
"Integration of live play and online wagering on the players themselves brings a whole new dimension to the rapidly growing number of Texas Hold Em fans," stated Allen Engebretsen, a Director of Tradewinds Media. "We are seeing the same kind of excitement as when I was setting up local pub tournaments to feed championship players in to the big tournaments such as the World Series of Poker. The potential for this technology is absolutely amazing."