SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 22, 2005) Namco Hometek Inc. announced today Payout Poker and Casino, an arcade gambling game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, the PSPTM (PlayStation Portable) system and the PC. Developed by Bits Gaming Ltd, Payout Poker and Casino allows players to try their luck in four exclusive gambling destinations, with 12 challenging gaming favorites including Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hold ‘Em, Blackjack, Craps and many more.

“Payout Poker and Casino” lets players assume the role of international playboy, or playgirl, betting in luxurious casinos. Upon creating their own custom character, players will enter a living 3D casino, where they can roam the floor to try their hand at 12 gaming favorites including, Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hold’em, Red Dog, Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Craps, Slots, Wheel of Fortune, and more. After a successful night of wagering, high-rollers will be able take their spoils to the Casinos’ boutiques to further customize their characters. Players can also take “Payout Poker and Casino” online, going up against card sharks from around the world in the ultimate test of wagering skill.

‘Payout Poker and Casino’ expands upon the traditional concept of a gambling title with customizable characters and fully 3D Casinos for players to roam,” said Jeff Lujan, Business Director, Namco Hometek Inc. “Online play and 12 fully realized casino favorites further enhance the game, giving players a total gambling package they can feel confident about going ‘all in’ with.

We are very excited about bringing this game to the public,” said Foo Katan, Chief Executive, Bits Gaming Ltd. “We wanted to create a new experience for the gambling genre and with features we have included in the game, we think we’ll do just that.