300 points nets mike24788 a WPT seat

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PokerListings.com and Full Tilt Poker just keep dishing out great prizes for free. The latest recipient is Michael "mike24788" Eberle, who took down a freeroll last weekend to win a $12,000 World Poker Tour prize package.

To qualify for the freeroll, players had to have signed up at Full Tilt Poker through PokerListings.com, then earn 300 player points during the month-long qualifying period. A total of 138 qualifiers showed up to play the event last weekend, and Michael Eberle walked away the winner.

Eberle, who is a chief privacy officer and IT auditor living in Reichenbach-Steegen, Germany, has been playing poker between one and two years now. His biggest poker win previously was $1,000, and now he has a $12,000 prize package to a WPT event.

"I did not expect anything at all when I started playing," Eberle said about the freeroll. "During the tournament I set moving targets: final 5 tables, final 3 and final table. When I came to the final table being in quite a good shape, I realized for the first time my good opportunity to win the tournament."

Eberle said when play was down to three, he and another player were quite short-stacked, and when he got down to heads-up, his opponent had about 10 times more chips than he did.


But the 29-year-old, who enjoys the combination of fun, strategy and math that comes with the game of poker, was able to battle back. On a final hand of Q-9 against his opponent's Q-7, he solidified the win.

So far, Eberle isn't nervous about taking on a major live event or the major pro players who will likely be at the tournament.

"Maybe it would feel a little bit weird playing against players like Dan Harrington or Phil Gordon, whose books I have read," he said.

Of course, he'll also be able to head back to PokerListings.com, which he visits daily already, to get playing advice. Plus he can continue his weekly visits to Full Tilt Poker to practice.

"[PokerListings.com is] a great source for everyone who is interested in poker," Eberle said and he commented that Full Tilt Poker is the best online poker site.

The next chance players will have to win a WPT prize package in the exclusive PokerListings.com and Full Tilt Poker freeroll is March 16. The qualifying period for the freeroll is Feb. 12 - March 13.

PokerListings.com and Full Tilt Poker have also teamed up to start dishing out seats to the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event. The first freeroll is scheduled for Feb. 24, and PokerListings.com players who earn 300 points between Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 will get a shot at a $12,500 WSOP prize package.

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