Semi-Pro Poker Players Battle for Endorsement Deal - Friday 24th of February 2006

NEW YORK – While poker has gone beyond the gaming tables to become a lifestyle unto itself, a group of hopefuls have their hearts set on adding poker pro to their resumes. Ten poker players will compete for an endorsement deal with Team PokerRoom.com in the Become a Poker Pro Tournament aboard the Majesty Of The Seas cruise ship on March 5, 2006.

The 10 finalists have qualified to compete for the Team PokerRoom.com endorsement deal through a series of online tournaments played on PokerRoom.com. Nine of the players are U.S. based and one player is from Helsinki, Finland.

The winner will receive a six figure endorsement package valued at $250,000 including travel expenses and buy-ins for 12 major poker tournaments including World Series Of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour Bellagio 5 Diamond Classic and the World Poker Tour Final.

The players will compete for the endorsement deal in a No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament during the cruise. The age and background of the competing players varies significantly and range from a thirty-one year old electrician living outside of Boston, Massachusetts that is married and expecting twins, to a twenty-three year old waiter living in Washington D.C.

"This tournament and endorsement deal is about supporting the up and coming players and enthusiasts that want to play in the big tournaments with some of the best in the game like Negreanu and Hansen," said Robert Gustavsson, spokesperson for PokerRoom.com. "Team PokerRoom.com helps to develop individual player skills needed to compete and enjoy the game of poker whether you're seeking fame, fortune or competing just for fun."

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