ESPN Poker Club Opens with Degree All-In Poker Challenge
By emily
Poker fans will now find an entire section of dedicated to the game they love – including a free online poker game for users over the age of 18.

The first 11 weeks of play on will be exclusively devoted to the Degree® All-In Poker Challenge, a series of weekly qualifying tournaments that lead to a final 500-player tournament in May, with the winner earning a seat in the Harrah’s 2005 World Series of Poker courtesy of Degree®.

The Degree® All-In Poker Challenge is the only completely free way online to earn a seat in the Harrah’s 2005 World Series of Poker. Each Sunday at 2pm ET for 10 weeks, will hold a Sunday Qualifying Tournament that will include all players that qualified in the week prior.

Each week, players will have four ways to earn a spot into the weekly Sunday Qualifying tournament: play 750 hands during the week from any combination of the games offered; win five single-table tournaments (10 players, available at any time); win one multi-table tournament (30 players, start every 20 minutes); or finish high enough in the rankings of a Big Play tournament.

The top 50 players each Sunday will earn a seat in the Finals tournament beginning May 15 at 2pm ET. The winner of the Finals tournament will earn the seat in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in June.

In coming months, the initiative will also launch a wireless poker game; a poker-related book from ESPN Books by syndicated poker columnist Steve Rosenbloom; DVD’s of the 2004 World Series of Poker and the ESPN Original Entertainment series TILT; and a line of high-end poker-related consumer products.

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