sends 19 players to WPT Championship today announced it will be sending 19 Team PokerRoom members to the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from April 18-24, 2006. The 19 Team PokerRoom spots are worth $27,900 each, a value that includes travel and accommodation expenses and the $25,000 tournament buy-in.

Team PokerRoom is a group of more than 100 poker players who represent in some of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world. Members battle for available spots at major land-based events through online qualifying tournaments.

Overall, Team PokerRoom members comprise a diverse group of players, ranging from a sports apparel sales representative from Texas to California-based investment banking analyst, Jim Davenport, who landed an exclusive endorsement deal in early March, 2006.

Davenport received the $250,000 endorsement package, including travel expenses and buy-ins for at least 12 major poker tournaments, by winning the inaugural "Become a Poker Pro" event.

"Team PokerRoom is as much about the camaraderie among the players and enthusiasm for the game as it is about the competition and earning a seat to play in the biggest tournaments like the WPT World Championship," said Glenn Cademartori, spokesperson for

"It provides a forum for all types of players to learn from one another as they develop their individual skills needed to enjoy, compete and succeed in the game of poker."

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