050114 GTR_Multimedia Games logo_300North Carolina-based PokerTek has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Multimedia Games, in which Multimedia Games has agreed to acquire PokerTek at a price of $1.35 per share in cash. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval by holders of a majority of the company's common shares, the receipt of certain gaming approvals, and other customary closing conditions.

 PokerTek's Board of Directors unanimously approved the merger agreement with Multimedia Games and has recommended that the company's shareholders adopt the merger agreement. Assuming the satisfaction of conditions, the transaction is expected to close in calendar 2014.

"With eTable growth accelerating in domestic and international casinos, acquiring PokerTek represents an excellent opportunity to expand our product portfolio,” said Pat Ramsey, CEO of Multimedia Games in a prepared statement. “We believe the PokerPro product is an excellent complement to our existing business and that we can expand the penetration of PokerPro in North America by leveraging our strong domestic manufacturing, sales and service capabilities. Further, with a growing installed base of gaming positions internationally, this transaction represents a solid entry point to further diversify our revenue and geographic base. This transaction reflects Multimedia Games' strategic emphasis on offering leading products that resonate with our customers' players and increasing our share of the casino gaming floor."

"Combining with Multimedia Games provides our shareholders with the opportunity to receive a healthy premium for their shares and is an ideal situation for our customers, employees and other commercial partners,” added Mark Roberson, CEO of PokerTek. “PokerTek and Multimedia Games share a similar operating philosophy and culture, focusing on superior customer service and delivering products that generate strong returns for casino operators. As part of the Multimedia Games organization, we believe further development of innovative products and solutions will address the growing demand for eTables from casino customers and players worldwide."