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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Poker Race

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

An Internet poker site and a professional race car circuit are teaming up to offer poker players a chance to play championship poker at trackside.

Poker Room (www.pokerroom.com) and the FIA World Touring Car Championships (WTCC) are offering the chance to win seats at six first-ever live trackside poker matches that will lead to top prizes totaling a half-million dollars, Poker Room recently announced.

The event, dubbed the Poker Race Trophy Series, allows poker and racing enthusiasts a free way to win the opportunity to bet and bluff trackside at some of the most famous racetracks in the world, it announced.

Players can qualify online at several free roll tournaments, and winners will receive an all expense paid trip to a WTCC event and a seat at one of six live semi-final poker games held trackside in Brazil, Spain, the Czech Republic, the U.K., Germany or Italy, it announced.

The champion from each of the semi-final games will win a seat at the gala finale to be held on November 29 in Vienna, Austria–a live televised event will have six players competing for $500,000, Poker Room announced.

While at each event, the qualifiers will get full VIP treatment at some of the most famous race tracks in the world, with exclusive access to behind-the-scenes action in the pits and premium seats for the race, it announced.

The first semi-final, in Brazil, was just held, and was won by a 22-year-old online poker player from Latvia.

For more information about the event, visit www.pokerroom.com/promos/right-now/racetrophy.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected].) =A0

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