ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- World Poker Exchange, one of
the world's fastest growing online poker sites, reports the number of
Worldpx.com 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 (www.worldpx.com) 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
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SOURCE World Poker Exchange