Chilean chalks up freeroll win

Gotta Get that Paper, Dog

With online poker, anyone from anywhere can join in a game and end up walking away with money. Ricardo Chauriye, from Concepcion, Chile, is proof of that as he qualified for a and Full Tilt Poker freeroll and pocketed the $960 top prize.

Chauriye is fairly new to Full Tilt Poker. He signed up only about two weeks ago through and already qualified to play in one of the weekly freerolls offered by the two sites.

However, he isn't a stranger to poker play. According to Chauriye, who plays at Full Tilt Poker as redskin134, he's been playing poker for three years, and playing professionally part time for the last year.

He first got interested in playing poker after seeing it played on television.

"We saw ESPN episodes from the WSOP with some friends and found it interesting," Chauriye said. "Then we started playing and liked it very much."

Now the pro puts in about five hours a day of poker play, and it paid off as he was one of 80 qualifiers for the weekly freeroll.

"It was a pretty good tournament - good blind structure and very good prizes for an 80-person freeroll," Chauriye said.

The tournament results are as follows:

Place Name Prize
1st redskin134 $960
2nd yenpox78 $585
3rd Le Rocket $420
4th keithg88 $330
5th nickma71 $240
6th chickenmoondust $180
7th johandk $120
8th daddy50 $90
9th Blondie8104 $75
10th TheDoud $0

Chauriye's biggest tournament win so far has been a third-place cash for $2,000. Normally he's a cash-game player, though, and he said his poker winnings in that realm are around $15,000.

As Chauriye shows, it pays to check out what has to offer. He's usually on the site once a week to see the bonuses at the different sites and see the newest rooms and their reviews.

"It's a pretty good site," Chauriye said. "I really like the job they do ranking the sites for different areas like the best bonuses, higher player volumes, easy to win, etc."

Chauriye and's other players at Full Tilt Poker aren't the only ones benefiting from bonuses and freerolls. At Pacific Poker, andrew76 benefited as well with an $8,500 prize package to the U.K. Poker Open.

The prize package includes the tournament entry fee plus money for travel and expenses.

The tournament results for the seat were as follows:

Place Name Country
1st andrew76 United Kingdom
2nd luna135 Germany
3rd XrayEye United Kingdom
4th Crantius Italy
5th raju09 Germany
6th shackle1 Canada
7th Natiahs Denmark
8th green53 Netherlands
9th CB1915 Netherlands
10th munceaa Australia

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