In the wake of the federal ban on Internet gambling, the number of online entries into the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 championship event have virtually dried up.
No longer will U.S. online players be able to win their seat into the big event, as thousands of players did in the past.
Helping to fill the void, AOL has announced a promotion in which nine players will win coveted seats into the World Series this summer at the Rio in Las Vegas.
"AOL is offering amateur poker players the opportunity of a lifetime," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "If you want to win a seat to our Main Event, AOL is the only officially sanctioned place to play for a chance to win free seats on the Internet."
Beginning last week (April 16), online players will be able to compete in nine No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments on AOL’s World Series of Poker hub (wsop.aol.com.
Each week, players will participate in free daily qualifying tournaments to earn their way to a Sunday winner-take-all tournament awarding a free $10,000 entry and travel accommodations to the 2007 World Series of Poker No-Limit Texas Hold’em Championship slated to begin July 6.
"Online poker play’s popularity has exploded in recent years," said Ralph Rivera, vice president and general manager, AOL Games. "Our agreement with Harrah’s will provide nine novice poker players with the opportunity of a lifetime to join poker professionals to possibly win the grand prize purse worth millions."
In addition to the AOL Games channel’s exclusive library of free World Series of Poker games including variations of Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Stud poker, the site (http://wsop.aol.com <http://wsop.aol.com/>) also offers poker tips and videos featuring professional poker players.