Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rookie Wins PlayersOnly's First $12K WSOP Tournament

Eleven More Chances to Win Your Way to the WSOP

A relative rookie left the table on Sunday night with the first of 12 $12,000 WSOP prize packages being awarded in weekly satellite tournaments at Robert P., an office worker in California, won the Sunday night tournament after winning his seat at a free roll earlier in the week.

Listen to my interview with Robert the day after his big win:

“Man, I’ve never won anything even close to this kind of a prize,” said the winner. “I’m a humungous poker fan and avid recreational player… But the most I’ve ever won is maybe a few of hundred bucks. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the WSOP – it’s the pinnacle of the poker world so I can’t wait to be there. Las Vegas, here I come!”

With few online poker sites offering opportunities to win WSOP seats this year, the winner was wondering if he’d have to change his strategy for getting to Vegas.

“The past couple of years I’ve paid my way into events like Sunday’s tournament, but this year I’m having trouble finding places to play. Then I found this free roll during the week where I could even win my way to the Sunday night tournament… That seemed like the way to go!”

Sunday night’s tournament was the first of twelve weekly events from now until WSOP. Each Sunday, beginning April 8th, will host a multi-table Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and, each and every week, will award a $12,000 World Series Prize Package to the winner. Players can buy-in for $100 or, like Robert P. did, they can win a free seat at the Sunday night playoff in a series of qualifying satellites throughout the week.

Not a really experienced player, Robert P. was a little worried early in the tournament. “There were a few players that were obviously really good players,” said the ultimate winner. “ And there were a couple that seemed, at first, like they had much better luck than me!”

Obviously he underestimated his own skill and luck.