PokerStars Players Still Performing Well in 2009 WSOP

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The 2009 WSOP Main Event officially

burst the money bubble yesterday, with the top 648 players guaranteed

at least $21,365 in prize money.  By the end of Day 4, only 407

players remained in the Main Event and PokerStars, the world's largest

online poker room, is proud to have an estimated 77 online qualifiers

and sponsored players in the event. Approximately one-fifth of the

remaining field are PokerStars players. The winner of this year's

event will collect an $8.5 million grand prize and the title of WSOP



"I am not surprised that we have so many players left," said 2005

World Series of Poker Champion and Team PokerStars Pro member, Joe

Hachem.  "PokerStars has the best online poker players in the world.

It was just a matter of time before they started to dominate the live

events as well.  After having six of final nine players last year on

our side, I was expecting another dominating performance by



PokerStars started the series with over 1,100 online qualifiers,

sponsored players, Team PokerStars Pro members and celebrities.  Five

of the top 20 players in Day 5 made their way to the WSOP through

PokerStars, including Team PokerStars Pro member Bertrand "ElkY"

Grospellier, PokerStars-sponsored Austrian pro Bernhard Perner and

three players who qualified through PokerStars' steps system.




Entering day 5, PokerStars players represented 17 countries.  The

United States lead the pack with 44 players, followed by the

Netherlands with six, United Kingdom with five and Canada, Australia

and France tied with three a piece.


Notable PokerStars players still alive in the Main Event include

Grospellier (1,253,000), Perner (1,426,000) actor Lou Diamond Phillips

(607,000), Noah Boeken (499,000), Joe Hachem (490,000), Dennis

Phillips (419,000), Peter Eastgate (397,000), Thierry van den Berg

(270,000) and Benjamin Kang (254,000).


The top 407 players at this year's WSOP are certain to walk away with

at least $27,469 in prize money. The nine players who move on to

November's final table will each earn a minimum of $1.2 million.


Those who qualified for the WSOP on PokerStars receive a

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience the full Las Vegas

lifestyle while preparing to play at the most prestigious live event

of the year.  The 2009 prize package offered to PokerStars' players

included the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, $1,000 for travel and

expenses, eight nights  accommodation at the Palms Hotel, PokerStars

player bags, shuttle bus service to and from the Rio, and a VIP

Invitation to the July 9 PokerStars Party at the Palms club Rain

featuring hip hop star Nelly.





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