2.5 MILLION IN WSOP SEATS FROM POKER STARS Online qualifiers for the latest tranche of WSOP seats have started The giant online poker group Poker Stars.com continued to make good on its promises to make thousands of World Series of Poker Main Event seats available to players this weekend with the launch of online qualifier tourneys that will provide two hundred $12 500 WSOP Main Event seat packages to skilled and fortunate visitors to its promotions. In this tranche alone, the poker site has invested $2.5 million. The satellite has a $350+$20 buy-in with prize packages worth $12 500 that include the $10 000 buy-in for the Main Event plus travel and accommodations allowances.  In its 2008 promotions centred on the 39th World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio, PokerStars has committed itself to sending at least 2 000 Internet players to compete in Las Vegas, a significant increase over the almost 1 600 it delivered in 2007. Pros sponsored by the site have already made an impact in this year's 55 events, with Daniel Negreanu winning his fourth WSOP bracelet and making the cash in other events, and Victor Ramdin making the money bubble in two other events. Barry Greenstein has also made the money list in a final table finish.

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