WSOP seat up for grabs at APL championship

Chris Moneymaker

Amateur poker players from all over the United States will gather in Lewisville, Texas, today to compete in the Amateur Poker League (APL) National Championship. The 300 qualifiers will be vying for more than $35,000 in prizes including a World Series of Poker Main Event seat.

The national championship is taking place at Sneaky Pete's with the sign-in beginning at 9 a.m. for qualifiers and the tournament starting at noon.

The APL wil also host a side tournament during the national championship, open to the public, that will pay out $100 for first and second place.

Based in Wichita, Kan., the APL is one of the fastest growing amateur poker organizations in the United States. Over the past year, more than 125,000 players from all across the U.S. competed in the league.

The league gives amateur poker players a place to play free sessions of poker. It has more than 70,000 members in 14 states, and hosts more than 600 live events per week across the nation.

"The Amateur Poker League represents my roots," said Chris Moneymaker (pictured), who partnered with the organization in 2005. "It's a blueprint for how I started my career and developed my poker skills."

The winners of regional- and state-level events qualified to participate in the national championship. The league gives players a way to start small and think big, according to an APL press release.

The winner of the national championship will be headed to the 2007 World Series of Poker where his $10,000 entry in the main event will be paid for.

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