Automated Poker Tables Debut on Norwegian Pearl

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MATTHEWS, N.C., Dec. 22, 2008 -- PokerTek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEK), today announced the installation of PokerPro automated poker tables onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's award-winning Norwegian Pearl. PokerPro recently began conducting a 90-day field trial in hopes of adding additional tables to NCL's fleet of 11 cruise ships.

"We are eager to see how successful PokerPro is on one of our newest ships, Norwegian Pearl," said Jim Abbas, Vice President of Casino Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line. "The ship offers tremendous choices already, from bowling to rock climbing, and automated poker is one more exciting entertainment option. PokerPro was recently installed within our casino, which offers an array of traditional table games, along with a wide variety of slots not offered by any of our competitors."

"Our previous installations on cruise ships have proven to be profitable for our customers and well-received by their vacationers onboard. We're hopeful that Norwegian Cruise Line will see the same results," commented PokerTek's Vice President of Sales Robert Perry. "PokerPro allows cruise ships to offer an extra amenity to their guests in a cost-effective manner."