Poker has grown from a once-a-week game amongst friends to a big casino business with multiple TV shows highlighting the competition. ESPN has a long-standing game in the EPSN Poker Club and they are set to give a way a seat at the most prestigious 2009 World Series of Poker.

Press Release has announced that the ESPN Poker Club,’s free online poker game, will be giving away a seat into the world’s most prestigious tournament, the 2009 World Series of Poker. The promotion begins this week and will run until the final tournament on June 14, 2009 where one player will win a seat in the main event.

Each week, fans will try to earn points in order to participate in the weekly Sunday Qualifiers. Points can be earned by playing in tournaments or ring games held 24-hours a day. Players must have 60 points to play in a Sunday Qualifier, which are held each Sunday at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. To play in all three tournaments, players will need 180 points. Fans may enter all three Sunday Qualifiers each week.  Each Sunday Qualifier will award 25 seats into the Final Tournament.  The winner of the 450-player Final Tournament will earn the seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

This will be the fifth main event seat given away by the ESPN Poker Club.  Throughout the year, ESPN Poker Club gives away other prizes as well, including trips to poker training seminars and other tournaments. The site is completely free, attracts hundreds of thousands of players and is open to all players aged 21 and older.

(Press release originally appears on ESPN’s media zone website)

Wrapping it up

This seems like a great opportunity for those die-hard fans to test their mettle and make it to the big leagues. You can find all the info, rules and regulations at the ESPN Poker Club site. One big caveat is the hardware requirement for playing is a PC Running Windows 98/2000/XP – this leaves all Macs out of the game unless they are running virtualization software. Hopefully, next year they will include a Mac version of the software so I can play.