Pastura to play in WSOP freerolls at Pacific Poker

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There's an added bonus for players who qualify for the final two World Series of Poker freerolls exclusively for PokerListings.com players at Pacific Poker. Italian pro Alessandro Pastura will be joining the game.

Pacific Poker has been offering thousands of dollars worth of freerolls each month to send one lucky PokerListings player from each freeroll to the 2008 World Series of Poker* Main Event.

As an added bonus for the May 25 and June 29 freerolls, Alessandro Pastura will also play in the freerolls and the top five players will also receive chip sets autographed by the Italian poker pro.

Pastura got his start playing poker about four years ago. He was working as a computer science adviser and entrepreneur, but he has loved strategy games such as chess and backgammon since he was a kid.

A friend introduced him to online poker; he started playing with just a $100 deposit. Initially his play had its ups and downs, but Pastura became more dedicated to the game, checking out poker forums and reading poker books for advice.

Since moving to live poker as well, Pastura has found quite a bit of success in Italy. He had 10 cashes in poker tournaments in Italy and Malta in 2007. That includes a win in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event of the International Poker Championship at Cassin in October.

This year he's already added a final-table appearance in another event as well. He came in in sixth place in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event of the European Poker Tour stop in San Remo in April.

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Now as an 888.com sponsored player, Pastura spends his time playing at Pacific Poker and will be making his way to live events around the world as well.

PokerListings players who earned the 50 points needed to qualify for the WSOP freeroll will get to test their skills against the pro May 25 and June 29.

They will be competing for a $17,000 WSOP prize package that includes the $10,000 buy-in for the Main Event plus money for travel and spending, 10 days' accommodation at the Venetian in Las Vegas and an invitation to the welcome party and private poker event hosted by Shane Warne June 1 in the Lamborghini supercar lounge.

Head to 888poker to join in the fun and start earning the player points to qualify for the next WSOP freeroll.

* World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrahs License Company, LLC ("Harrah's"). Harrah's does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with PokerListings.com or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.

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