A winning pair: PokerStars.net renews sponsorship with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The world's largest online poker school renews sponsorship of the Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Sports and poker have a lot in common whether you're on the ice or at the poker table, if you want to win, you start by hitting PokerStars.net today!

PokerStars.net announced that it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) as a sponsor of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club. The deal will see PokerStars.net on the rinkboards for all home games and creating exciting ticket giveaways to the popular goal judge seats at Air Canada Centre.

"Millions of Canadians, including myself, are diehard sports fans and poker players. Hockey is our national pastime and recently poker has surged in popularity as Canadians have begun to excel on the international stage," says Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro player. "I have played hockey my whole life and grew up watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, which is why I am excited that PokerStars.net is a sponsor.  It is a great relationship and allows the world's largest online poker school to team up with an iconic franchise to deliver exceptional promotions for poker and hockey fans."

The agreement will see PokerStars.net remain a sponsor through to the end of the 2011 / 2012 NHL season.

About PokerStars.net:
PokerStars.net is the world's largest online poker school, with over 46 million members. It's the premier destination for the world's top players, with numerous tournaments running every day. PokerStars.net is renowned for offering the best software and security in the online poker world.

PokerStars.net is the official sponsor of some of the biggest live poker tournaments in the world, including: the North American Poker Tour, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, the Latin American Poker Tour, the Australia-New Zealand Poker Tour and the Russian Poker Series. For more information, please visit www.pokerstars.net.

About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.:
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies  (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square and three digital channels — Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada. MLSE has also invested in four of Toronto's sports facilities — Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field.

SOURCE PokerStars.net

For further information:

Paradigm Public Relations
Jess Rutledge / Sinead Brown
jrutledge@paradigmpr.casbrown@paradigmpr.ca
416-413-5187 / 416-413-5193

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