BY TOM SOMACH
Internet poker room Bodog Poker (www.bodoglife.com) says it expects to deal its one billionth hand of poker some time this month, and in conjunction with the event, the room is holding a slew of promotions.
According to a news release issued by the Antigua-based room, it “is giving away loads of cash and tournament credits to its players all month long.”
The released continued: “On the way to the landmark hand, online players at Bodog will win money through daily random draws and participation in milestone hands, leading up to and including the billionth hand. Starting with hand 980,000,000, Bodog will award increasing money prizes for every five millionth hand dealt, all the way up to the history-making one-billionth hand.
“Players involved in these set milestone hands will each receive $109 in tournament credits for use towards any Bodog tournament, including the weekly $100,000 Guaranteed and Player’s Choice qualifiers, from which players can go on to compete for millions in a WPT or EPT event of their choice.
“In addition to receiving tournament credits, all landmark hand participants will also split cash prizes when a milestone hand is dealt, with the amount increasing as the billionth hand approaches. When the one-billionth hand does hit, the players at the table will all split $10,000.
“In addition to prizes for milestone hands, Bodog will also hold a daily drawing from November 5 to November 26 with 10 players each day winning $50 each. To qualify for the drawing, players have to earn 100 Bodog poker points. Starting on November 5, once a player earns 100 poker points he or she will earn one entry into every day’s drawing for the entire duration of the promotion.
“The more times the player meets the 100-point threshold, the more entries they receive for every draw. Finally, once the one-billionth hand is dealt, Bodog will hold a final grand prize drawing with the lucky winner receiving $12,000 paid out in the form of a $1,000 monthly bankroll for one full year.”
Bodog owner Calvin Ayre, a Canadian billionaire, obviously loves that “B” word–billion.
In the news release, he is quoted about the significance of the company’s dealing one billion hands of poker.
“We owe it all to our players for helping us reach our one-billionth hand, and we’re saying thanks this November by giving away cash daily as well as tournament credits that players can parlay into a chance at winning thousands, even millions,” Ayre said.
“While this is an opportunity to look back at how far we’ve come since we launched our poker room in 2004, we’re already looking forward to dealing our next billion hands,” he added.
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