Eleven lucky players are heading to the Season 5 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., this weekend courtesy of Bodog.com after winning seats through tournaments at the poker site.
All of the players earned their entry through one of the regular WPT satellite tournaments offered at Bodog.com. For as little as $1.50 players can work their way up through satellite tournaments to win seats to WPT events.
The prize package includes the $10,000 buy-in, travel expenses and Bodog.com gear to wear during the tournament.
During the main Texas Hold'em event at Foxwoods, the players will have an opportunity to get TV exposure as part of the WPT Season 5 broadcast, win cash and play against some of the world's best poker players. One of the pro players heading to the tournament will be Team Bodog's David Williams.
"The World Poker Finals is one of the richest and most respected tournaments on the World Poker Tour, and we're thrilled to have these 11 players join David Williams on Team Bodog, as they compete for a shot at poker fame and fortune," said Calvin Ayre, Bodog.com founder and CEO.
Nick Schulman, who was 21 years old at the time, won the tournament last year taking home $2.1 million of the $7.8 million prize pool. He defeated a final table that included poker pro Allen Cunningham.
Tournament officials are anticipating the World Poker Finals to break records again by surpassing last year's prize pool.
Players who missed out on seats to the World Poker Finals still have a chance to get into another WPT event through satellites for the WPT L.A. Poker Classic that takes place at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles Feb. 24 through March 1. Qualifiers run daily.
Bodog.com is also giving away three prize packages to WPT events in 2007 through an online contest. People interested in participating can enter the contest at www.bodogpokerchampionships.net.
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