Starting this week, the World’s No. 1 Online Casino and Poker Room, 888.com, and the web’s most comprehensive online poker authority, PokerNews.com, are kicking off PokerProForAYear (pokerproforayear.com) - a year of tournaments that will end with one person living out every poker player’s dream – an all-inclusive sponsorship to four of the poker world’s largest tournaments in 2008.
With PokerProForAYear, 888.com’s Pacific Poker (pacificpoker.com) has created a year-long tournament extravaganza exclusively for players from PokerNews.com. Through six two-month leagues, ten lucky players will win their way to the ultra-elite PokerProForAYear Final. These players will be chartered VIP-style, all-expenses paid, to a secret location to compete for the sponsorship and the first-ever title of PokerProForAYear.
During each of the six leagues, players will have the opportunity to enter weekly low buy-in events, a $500 freeroll, and an extraordinary Global Freeroll that will send the winner – all-expenses paid – to one of the poker world’s most celebrated tournaments such as the WSOP Main Event, the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the EPT Baden or the Aussie Millions.
Alex Reign, Promotions Department Manager, believes that PokerProForAYear will be an event the likes of which the poker world has never seen. “Sending players to the world’s most prestigious poker events, a secret tournament in an undisclosed location, a sponsorship opportunity from two poker giants – it just doesn’t get any more exciting than that,” Reign said. “The world will even be able to watch the chosen face off in the grand finale via webcast, courtesy of PokerNews.”
At end of each two-month league the 10 players with the most points will go head-to-head for a seat in the PokerProForAYear Final. These six league winners will also be joined by the player with the most points at the end of the year, and the 100 highest point accumulators throughout the year will face off in a freeroll to determine who will be filling the three remaining seats.
The Grand Prize winner of PokerProForAYear will be walking away with the year-long sponsorship, the runner up will also be sponsored in one global offline event in 2008, and the third place winner will receive free entries into online qualifiers for global offline events.
A weekly updated leader board can be found on the PokerProForAYear Official Website for players to view their status. The site will also feature a schedule of events, articles, interviews with the winners and more.
PokerProForAYear is available to Poker News – Pacific Poker players. To qualify, a player must register for Pacific Poker through the Poker News website or have already registered to Pacific Poker through Poker News.
888.com is the world’s No.1 online casino and poker room. It has in excess of 23 million members worldwide who enjoy an online gaming experience like no other.
Founded in 1997, 888.com offers two market leading products “Casino on Net” the worlds No.1 on line casino offering all the thrills of the big games in Vegas from your PC and “Pacific Poker” where you can enjoy the excitement of competing against your friends and fellow members in any of the poker rooms. Both games are available to play in real money and practise mode.
888’s goal is to provide quality entertainment to people who enjoy gambling, by giving them the opportunity to do so in a safe, fun, fair, regulated and secure environment. Its clients are its greatest assets; therefore it makes an immense effort to establish customer satisfaction building relationships through service, honesty, advice and trust with each and every member.
888.com operates under a license granted by the Government of Gibraltar for the purposes of operating an online casino and Poker Room. 888.com has adopted the code of conduct of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), of which it is a Member.
888.com is operated by Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd. A registered company incorporated and located in Gibraltar (company registration number 83961). The company has other offices around the world and employs over 750 full time employees.
Last year 888.com was the proud recipient of Best Online Casino and Best Online Operator of the Year at the egaming Awards. 888.com was also voted ‘Best online casino 2005’ at the Inside Edge magazine and has since received “Best online Casino 2006” at the UK Gambling Awards. The Inside Edge and UK Gambling Awards were voted for by over 700,000 readers.
A leader in Online Gaming since 1997, 888.com is constantly recognised for its commitment to an uncompromising gaming experience. 888.com was a founding member of eCOGRA. eCOGRA is an independent standards authority for the online gaming industry which is committed to protecting online casino and poker players around the world. The non-profit organization addresses the most important issues to players: fast payouts, fair gaming, responsive and efficient service and responsible operator conduct.
eCOGRA provides an international framework of best operational and player practice requirements enforced through inspections, reviews, and continuous monitoring by independent global audit companies. To date, 66 sites comply with these requirements and have been awarded the coveted “Play it Safe” Seal that identifies to players the safest online gaming sites on the Web. For more information on how eCOGRA is constantly improving standards in online gaming for players everywhere, go to ecogra.org/.
Gambling continues to grow as Britain’s favourite pastime. Since 2003, there has been a 566% rise in the amount of money staked online – as revealed in the 888.com casino report this month. At present, 4 million UK visitors gamble online each month, with 29% of the British public having played at least one casino game.
888.com continues to cement its position as a leading authority in gaming entertainment. In July 2004, 888.com became the main sponsor of FA Premier League Middlesbrough Football Club, and recently, the main sponsor of Seville FC and Toulouse FC. 888.com is now the title sponsor of the 888.com World Snooker Championships, held at The Crucible in Sheffield and is also the associate sponsor of snooker’s Grand Prix, UK Championship and UK Masters. 888.com is also the sponsor of leading players including 888.com World Champion Graeme Dott, Grand Prix and Masters Champion John Higgins and UK Champion Ding Jun Hui. 888.com is also involved with horseracing and 9-ball pool.