Live the Dream finalists to face judges

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Monday marked the last day for players to qualify for the Everest Poker Live the Dream promotion. Now they will move on to be judged by a team of poker professionals to see which 10 players will get to live the life of a pro poker player for the next year.

The international panel of judges chosen by Everest Poker is made up of Thomas Kremser, Alberto Russo and Bruno Fitoussi.

Kremser, from Vienna, Austria, is considered to be one of the most respected faces in European poker. Not only does he have more than $80,000 in tournament winnings, he oversaw the last two Everest poker European Championships and is a regular European Poker tour tournament director.

Russo, 31, is considered one of the founders of the Texas Hold'em movement in Italy. He was editor of the first Italian poker portal and recently switched from written poker reporting to TV, where he is a regular on EPT Live.


Fitoussi is the poker star among the judges. At age 49, the Frenchman already has nearly $2 million in tournament winnings. His poker accomplishments include defeating Amarillo Slim to win the World Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2001 as well as coming second in the 2007 World Series of Poker H.O.R.S.E. event.

Everest Poker staff members will also make up part of the jury, and will constantly monitor every aspect of the players' behavior.

The judging of the 200 qualifiers will take place in Palais Auersperg, Vienna, March 29-30. From that group, the top 10 players will be chosen to represent Everest Poker for the next year.

The Live the Dream prize package each player will receive is worth $100,000 and includes:

  • European Poker Tour Season 4 Grand Final seat ($13,000 buy-in)
  • World Series of Poker Main Event ($10,000 buy-in)
  • Two World Series of Poker side events (two $2,500 buy-ins)
  • Two World Poker Tour Season 7 events (two $15,000 buy-ins)
  • Two European Poker Tour Season 5 events (two $10,500 buy-ins)
  • $21,000 in cash for expenses

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