The 19 members of Team PokerRoom's World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship delegation amassed winnings of a combined $175,475 in the prestigious week-long series that concluded on April 24, 2006, at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, PokerRoom.com announced yesterday.
The team members competed among 605 of the world's top players. Team PokerRoom's frontrunner was Nadeem Ahmed, a U.K.-based player who earned $87,875 for a 28th place finish -- in the top five percent of competitors. Another Team PokerRoom member, Carl Olson, a Seattle, WA, resident, exited the tournament in 64th place picking up $43,935.
"I'm thrilled to have succeeded against so many top-rate competitors," said Ahmed. "Beyond the tournament, I'm proud of my participation on Team PokerRoom. Playing online has been terrific training because we can strike up a game any time and we're exposed to so many different hands. The more hands you play, the better you become. The team approach has helped us all grow as poker players."
"Our goal is to inspire players to grow from amateurs into star professionals, and it was certainly clear at the WPT Championship that our players have what it takes," said Glenn Cademartori, spokesperson for PokerRoom.com. "Poker is a game of strategy, skill and determination. We enable our players to strengthen their skills 24/7 in a fun, secure, and professional environment."
The next major competition for Team PokerRoom is the World Series of Poker (WSOP), scheduled for July 28-August 10, 2006, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Team PokerRoom members are currently competing for spots in the tournament.