Costa Rica, (PRWEB) April 8, 2005
Online poker players interested in trying their hand at beating a pro and winning a $10,000 seat at the Richest Sporting Event in the World - the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) (http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com) now have their shot during the AbsolutePoker.com (http://www.absolutepoker.com) "Mark Seif Heads-Up Shoot Out" starting the week of April 11, 2005.
Every Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT leading up to the WSOP main event in Las Vegas that starts July 7, AbsolutePoker.com's resident pro Mark Seif takes on the AbsolutePoker.com weekly Tournament Leader Board winner. The FreeRoll prize pool starts at $1,000, and AbsolutePoker adds $1,000, a custom Absolute Poker jacket, and an opportunity to win a WSOP Seat every week. Any player that beats Seif in the "Mark Seif Heads-Up Shoot Out" will win that week's prize pool and will automatically qualify to play him again the following Friday at 9 pm Eastern for a chance to win a $10,000 World Series of Poker Seat. If Seif wins, the money rolls over to the next week.
Attracting a spectator audience of 2,000, Seif won the last two weeks bringing this week's total prize to $3,000. The shoot out regularly played on Saturday is scheduled for a special time this Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern. The following week the shoot out will resume on Saturday.
AbsolutePoker.com, which provides games 24/7 for thousands of concurrent players around the world, is also qualifying players for the WSOP main event in Las Vegas through daily online poker satellite tournaments that players can enter for as little as $5. Those players that win their seat not only receive buy-in to the WSOP main event, but money towards airfare and accommodations. To participate, players simply need to download the free poker software at http://www.absolutepoker.com.
"This is a fun way for players to test their skill and try their hand at getting to the World Series of Poker for free," said Seif. "The Tournament Leader Board winner gets a shot at winning at least $1,000 and a seat at the Big One in Vegas all without additional entry money or ever having to leave their computer. Our players have come out in droves to compete in the Tournament Leader Board contest and now AbsolutePoker.com is adding a $10,000 WSOP seat. All they have to do is beat me heads up."
The 36th annual World Series of Poker begins June 2 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The Rio will host all but the final two days, which will be played July 14 and 15 at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas, the original home of the tournament. With more than 6,000 expected entries, the WSOP's $10,000 buy-in main event is expected to generate a prize pool of US$60 million, making it the richest sporting event in the world.
There are an estimated 2 million active poker enthusiasts around the world and the numbers continue to increase, leading analysts to predict that online gaming will soon become the largest industry on the Internet, outpacing both retail and travel in revenue. AbsolutePoker.com, which is five times larger than the largest land-based poker room in the world, is the fastest-growing online poker site out of an estimated 260 virtual poker sites, regularly attracting more than 10,000 players.
According to Seif, the public's seemingly insatiable demand for a fun, convenient and secure way to play poker has caused astronomical growth for AbsolutePoker.com and other online poker leaders. "We expect our player numbers to quadruple this year, and I think that's because people are realizing that playing poker online is a blast. From what we hear, many players chose Absolute Poker because we have the best loyalty program in the industry. We not only offer more bonuses than any other site but this month alone AbsolutePoker will offer more than $50,000 in prize money for tournaments that have no cash buy-in and require only AbsolutePoker Reward points."
AbsolutePoker.com is the world's fastest growing online poker destination offering worldwide access to multi-player online games 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Driven by proprietary software, AbsolutePoker.com offers the most comprehensive, interactive online poker room providing such features as the ability to upload your own image (photos, logos, etc.), player note taking and chat, locate a player, hand history and stat retrieval, and three-table play. Multi-player games offered include Texas Holdem, Omaha High, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, One on One, and Tournaments. AbsolutePoker.com ensures the security and integrity of its games through advanced proprietary technology. Established in 2003, AbsolutePoker.com is licensed and regulated in Canada.