World Poker Exchange Continues Popular College-Level Tournament With Worldpx College Shootout

Mar 15, 2006, 00:00 ET from World Poker Exchange

    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- World Poker Exchange, one of
 the world's fastest growing online poker sites, reports the number of College Shootout participants more than doubled this year,
 occupying 37,000+ player seats.  The online tournament drew strong interest
 from students at more than 800 U.S. higher education institutions across the
 country.  A multi-level competition, it consisted of 131 individual events
 including preliminary contests, several semi-finals for players who
 successfully moved up the ranks, and a final heated round.
     At the conclusion of the tournament, Cec Amado of the University of
 Connecticut emerged as the winner.  His total cash/scholarship/prize winnings
 of $28,700 included a Mini Cooper automobile, a Cancun trip for two, a $1,500
 scholarship, and $200 in his World Poker Exchange playing account.
     Sara Sauvageau of Mayville State University captured second place, earning
 a prize package with a $10,650 value.  Third place honors went to Angelo
 Panoutsos of Oakton Community College, taking home a prize package worth
     A player with just three years of experience, Amado explains that he
 approached his games with great confidence.  "When I got to the semi finals I
 let everyone know that I was going to win," he says.  "My confidence was at an
 all-time high and I felt that there was no one who was going to stop me.
 After destroying the semifinals, I went to the final table knowing that this
 tourney was mine to lose."
     Amado sends his praise to World Poker Exchange, and encourages other
 players -- of all ages -- to try online gaming.  "Playing online is the new
 wave of poker.  It's easy, reliable, and safe," he underscores.  "And you
 don't have to go far to play, you can play safely from your computer."
     As a reflection of changing demographics in the sport, two of the six
 finalists were female.  In addition to Sauvageau's second-place finish, Jen
 Villa of University of Miami came in fifth.
     The university with the greatest amount of participation and players in
 prize-winning positions was Central Michigan University.  The institution was
 represented by 65 players, 12 of who were "in the money" finishers.
     "The college sector continues to be one of the fastest growing demographic
 segments of on-line poker, and once again we were delighted to see such
 extraordinary playing skills from this year's participants," says Haden Ware,
 managing director of World Poker Exchange.  "The determination to achieve
 poker playing excellence among the college players of both sexes is truly
 impressive.  For example, a young lady from Purdue University played 105 games
 in effort to make it into the final rounds.  You just know we will be hearing
 more about players like her in the future."
     About World Poker Exchange
     The World Poker Exchange ( is a licensed and regulated
 multi-player Internet poker room that has served the online community since
 the outset of online poker play.  Based in Antigua and established in spring
 2001, World Poker Exchange is one of the world's fastest growing online poker
     John Raczka
     Autumn Light Media

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