Ten poker players will compete for an endorsement deal with Team PokerRoom.com in the Become a Poker Pro Tournament aboard the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship on March 5, 2006, it was announced this week. The 10 finalists have qualified to compete for the Team PokerRoom.com endorsement deal through a series of online tournaments played on PokerRoom.com. Nine of the players are U.S. based and one player is from Helsinki, Finland.
The winner will receive a six figure endorsement package valued at $250,000. The deal will include travel expenses and buy-ins for 12 major poker tournaments, such as the World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour Bellagio Five Diamond Classic, and the World Poker Tour Final.
The players will compete for the endorsement deal in a No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament during the cruise. The age and background of the finalists varies significantly, ranging from a married 31-year-old electrician living outside of Boston, Massachusetts, to a 23-year-old waiter living in Washington, D.C.
"This tournament and endorsement deal is about supporting the up and coming players and enthusiasts that want to play in the big tournaments with some of the best in the game like Negreanu and Hansen," said Robert Gustavsson, spokesperson for PokerRoom.com.
"Team PokerRoom.com helps to develop individual player skills needed to compete and enjoy the game of poker whether you're seeking fame, fortune or competing just for fun."
Please see PokerRoom.com for further details.