VIPpoker Makes WPT Dream a Reality for Young Player

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22-year-old qualifies for WPT Championship on and makes the money.

It was his first time is Las Vegas, let alone his first time in one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world, and Curtis Hirsch walked away $58,585 richer after placing 49th out of 605 entrants in the WPT Championship. At 22 years of age the entire experience was a dream come true for the young and talented ( player who “was very excited to play with the best poker players in the world.”

Televised on the Travel Channel, the WPT Championship took place April 18 – 24, 2006 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buy-in to the tournament was $25,000 with a $500 entry fee, making it a steep price point for the 22 year-old student from Alberta, Canada. However, as a player, Curtis was able to use his poker skills to win a seat into the tournament through the online site’s WPT Championship satellite tournament. As an official member of the WPT Satellite Program, gave players the opportunity to win a $27,500 prize package (which covered buy-in, entry fee and travel expenses) to the big event for as little as $5.

Curtis enjoyed the entire experience -- from sightseeing around Las Vegas to soaking up the excitement at the WPT event -- but when it came down to game time, he was all business. Curtis was focused and stuck to his game, not letting the pressure of the tournament and caliber of the competition affect his play. It paid off -- in fact, it paid $58,585.

“The whole tournament was the experience of a lifetime and VIPpoker made the whole experience even better because they were behind me all the way,” Curtis commented after his big win.

Poker Manager, John Olsen, said: “We at are very proud of Curtis and his performance at the WPT Championship. I spoke to him a number of times while he was in Las Vegas and his excitement was contagious -- it was great to be a part of it. Congratulations Curtis, I know you are out there enjoying your winnings -- have fun at the hockey playoffs, I am sure you have great seats!”


As a member of the United Poker Network (UPN), the world’s first online poker network, guarantees the best in gaming entertainment and security. Offering a wide selection of games and exciting tournament play in a safe and fair environment; is your best bet. is operated by VIP Management Services, which is fully licensed in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and holds a U.K. bookmakers permit. is part of Leisure & Gaming plc, a company publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: LNG).

For more information on contact:

John Olsen, Poker Manager    

VIP Management Services

416-516-7879 ext 365

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