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Player on AbsolutePoker BEATS Poker Pro Mark Seif and Wins a $10,000 Seat to the World Series of Poker.

Absolute Poker sees its first Mark Seif "Heads up Shoot Out' winner. Mark faces a new challenger this Friday.

Costa Rica - Friday night at Violentfish - as his screen name appears - beat Mark Seif heads up. The online poker destination handed a $10,000 seat to Violentfish a player that came, saw and took the resident pro for a ride! Violentfish is the newest member of Team Absolute to compete at the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) 2005.

Every Saturday at 2 PM EDT leading up to the WSOP main event in Las Vegas , which starts July 7, Absolute Poker's resident pro Mark Seif takes on the Absolute Poker weekly Tournament Leader Board winner. The FreeRoll prize pool starts at $1,000, and Absolute Poker adds $1,000, a custom Absolute Poker jacket, and an opportunity to win a WSOP Seat every week. Any player that beats Mark in the " Mark Seif Heads-Up Shoot Out" will win that week's prize pool and will automatically qualify to play him again the following Friday at 9 pm Eastern for a chance to win a $10,000 World Series of Poker Seat. This Friday, the player with screenname "Bottsky" has a chance to do the same thing -play Mark Heads and win a Seat.

This past weekend Mark Seif just did not have the right stuff, and as a result a new fresh face was introduced to the WSOP main event to represent Team Absolute. "Like I've been saying all week, its every poker player's dream to compete there (2005 WSOP)" said the ex-sales executive - Violentfish. "I wasn't easy either. Mark was down 4:1 then came back to even before it was over. It was the longest heads up match I've ever been in. It lasted 45 minutes. The important thing for me is now, I know I can compete with, play with, and beat the best!"

AbsolutePoker, which provides games 24/7 for thousands of concurrent players around the world, is quite active qualifying players for the WSOP main event in Las Vegas through daily online poker satellite tournaments in which players enter for as little as $5. Players that win their WSOP seat not only receive buy-in to the WSOP main event, but money towards airfare and accommodations. To participate, players simply need to download the free poker software at Absolute Poker.

"I love this format. The caliber of players challenges me, and I have no doubt that players from Team Absolute will hold their own at the WSOP" said Seif. Mark also said, "I'm a pro poker player, I don't like to lose, and I'm looking forward to this Friday's match."

The 36th annual World Series of Poker tournament begins June 2 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rio will host all but the final two days, which will be played July 14th and 15th at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas , the original home of the WSOP. With more than 6,000 expected players, the WSOP's $10,000 buy-in main event is expected to generate a prize pool of over US$60 Million.

There are an estimated 50 million active poker players around the world and the numbers continue to increase. AbsolutePoker, which is five times larger than the largest land-based poker room in the world, is the fastest growing online poker site out of an estimated 260 poker web sites, regularly attracting more than 10,000 real players.

About Absolute Poker
Established in 2003, AbsolutePoker room is licensed and regulated in Canada. Driven by its proprietary software, AbsolutePoker offers the most comprehensive, interactive online poker room providing such features as the ability to upload your own images, player note taking and live text chat, locate a player, hand history and stat retrieval, and three-table play. Multi-player games offered include Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, One on One, and Tournaments.

Source: Absolute Poker.

Tags: Mark Seif, WSOP 2005, Absolute Poker, Poker Pro.

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