Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Poker Stars - Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre Announces Retirement

Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre Announces Retirement
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888 offers 1¢ qualifiers for WPC

Starting today, 888.com is offering 1¢ "almost freerolls" every hour on the hour at Pacific Poker, with the winner walking away with a $1,050 entry in the World Poker Crown.

Each 1¢ event opens for registration 30 minutes before it starts, and is limited to the first 500 players.

PokerListings.com players also have a shot at free seats in the WPC this week. On Monday, Pacific Poker hosted an exclusive freeroll for Italian players, with the only requirement for qualification being that they had signed up at the poker site through PokerListings.com.

Today, players from France will get that same opportunity. Players in Germany will get their shot on Wednesday and Spain on Thursday.

When the WPC kicks off on Saturday, players will be competing for a share of a guaranteed $3 million prize pool, with a $1 million top prize.

There's more at stake than just cash, however. When the online tournament gets down to the final table, play will be stopped and the finalists will be flown from wherever they are in the world to Barcelona, Spain, to finish the game live.

The final table will resume play May 6-10, and the finalists, along with their guests, will stay in a five-star hotel for the duration of the event.

There is potential for some poker pros to get in on the action as well. Dave Colclough, Julian Gardner and Michael Keiner have confirmed they'll be playing in the WPC. Shane Warne, who recently gave up cricket to represent 888.com at the poker tables, will also join in the game.

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