Ten of Poker's Most Promising Talent Receive $100K Sponsorship Contracts to Join Everest Poker's Live The Dream Team

Jan 11, 2010, 12:55 ET from Everest Poker

LONDON, January 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Everest Poker has awarded ten of poker's most promising players with a $100,000 contract at the final of its Live the Dream event in Vienna, Austria. The players, most of whom learned to play poker or honed their skills with Everest and are active members of the Everest Poker community, competed against two-hundred other hopefuls in one of the most coveted poker events of the year to win a one-year sponsorship contract with the poker room.

Over 50,000 players participated in the Live the Dream online qualifications from September to December 2009 with two-hundred making the cut to take part in the final live event at the prestigious Palais Auersperg on January 9th and 10th. The second edition of Everest Poker's flagship promotion was hailed a success by players, press and poker professionals alike as participants were judged through a series of tests evaluating their live and online poker skill level and brand ambassador qualities.

Throughout October and November 2009, qualified players were invited to complete their profiles on a specially designed social media platform http://www.everestpoker.com/livethedream allowing them to be judged on their blogging skills. At the final event, a judging panel comprising of players, press and poker professionals worked through a transparent scoring process to assess each player's qualities. Points were awarded for online poker skills, live poker ability, ambassador quality and a newly added criterion of popular voting. Players had access to the Live the Dream scoring breakdown throughout the two-day final event.

The ten finalists who won were Fabien "SchumyFab" Perrot, Leonard "leoledingo" Truche and Julien "Garrincho54" Claudepierre from France, Ronny "Spadesman" Pickard and Tobias "Tobestar11" Wagner from Germany, Koen "koendb" de Bakker from The Netherlands, Javier "elflacokanu" Martinez from Spain, Sigurd "TheBigViking" Eskeland from Norway, Thomas "DannyMcCoy" Froslev from Denmark and the only female winner Viktoria "SexyGirl" Szlasi from Hungary.

The 10 Live The Dream winners will represent Everest Poker at the best tournaments in the world for a full year including the World Series of Poker Main Event 2010, and will receive over $30,000 in travel expenses with packages totaling $100,000 for each player.

For biographies and photos please contact the Everest Poker press office: Marco Trucco mtrucco@everestgaming.com or visit the Live the Dream website for details on the promotion http://www.everestpoker.com/live-the-dream/en/live-the-dream

Contact: Everest Poker press office: +39-331-918-37-37

SOURCE Everest Poker