SOURCE: Playin' Poker for a Livin'

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February 08, 2010 08:01 ET

Poker Pro Offers Half His Winnings "For a Song"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - A professional poker player and award-winning songwriter, Jason Mershon, has come up with a unique and ambitious plan to promote his new poker song called "Playin' Poker for a Livin'."

In what is believed to be the first offering of its kind, Mershon is planning on entering the 2010 Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, and is agreeing to share 50% of any Final Table winnings with the first 15,000 people who download and purchase his song at his website: www.playinpokerforalivin.com.

"It's just my way of saying 'thank you' to those fans who like my new song," says Mershon. "I wrote the song to humorously tell what it's really like being a professional poker player; the sarcastic attitudes of many professional poker players; and the monotony of actually playing poker for a living and grinding out the long hours in a casino card room." The song itself, "Playin' Poker for a Livin'," has already received great reviews from poker players and card room owners alike, who have stated that it's the best song written about poker in years.

Mershon has spent most of his life in the entertainment business, and is now a recognized professional poker player in Southern California. He plans to update his progress during the tournament on his Twitter and Facebook page, thus giving people a "virtual seat" at the tournament.

"Naturally, it's tough to make the Final Table at the Main Event," says Mershon, "but somebody does have to make it, right? I've won dozens of smaller poker tournaments in California and Las Vegas, so I figure it's time to 'go for the gold' at the World Series of Poker."

"Last year's winner, Joe Cada," continued Mershon, "ended up winning $8.5 million dollars, and he actually did share 50% of his winnings with his friends who assisted him with the entry fee to enter the tournament. I'm not soliciting for anyone to pay my entry fees as Joe Cada did, but rather just thanking those who purchase the song."

Since winning two awards at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2006 for his rock musical, "Rock and Roll Heaven" (aka "Heaven Rocks") which can be found at www.rnrheavenrocks.com, Jason Mershon has been a regular fixture in the California and Las Vegas poker circuit.

"I probably spend 90% of my time playing in cash games," says Mershon, "but I'm also considered a pretty good tournament player as well. So, I don't want people to think I'm 'dead money' in the World Series of Poker," he laughed.

"I think I've got as good chance as any in making the Final Table. I used to play with World Series of Poker champ Jerry Yang on a regular basis in California before he won the Main Event in 2006, and I've also held my own with many of the other well-known pros in tournaments and cash games alike. I think the past few years have proven that almost anyone has a chance in The Main Event."

"Additionally," he concluded, "I'm offering a special extended limited edition of my poker song which will only be available to the first 15,000 fans who purchase the song."

For more information, and complete rules and regulations about this promotion, please go to www.playinpokerforalivin.com. For more information about the World Series of Poker, please go to: www.wsop.com.