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July 19, 2007 10:31 ET

Canadian Poker Rookie Comes Out a Winner at the World Series of Poker

Torontonian beats over 6,000 players at the World Series of Poker, the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, winning cash prizing and place in the WSOP history books

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - Northern lights glowed brightly at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas this past weekend where Toronto native, David Cowan, turned a $7 buy-in on PokerRoom.com into over $50,000 USD. The 27-year old recent graduate, who has only been playing poker for a year and a half, initially won an exclusive package to the WSOP - his first ever land-based poker tournament - including the required $10,000 buy-in on PokerRoom.com, one of the largest poker sites in the world. The win also cements David's place in poker history as one of the top 200 players in the 2007 WSOP No-Limits Texas Hold'em tournament.

"Being able to play at the WSOP is every poker player's dream," said Cowan. "When I joined PokerRoom.com a year and a half ago, I would never have imagined I would make it so far, competing at the very same table against some of the best players in the world."

In addition to his prize money, Cowan also brings back to Canada bragging rights usually reserved for professional card sharks. With no bluffing required, Cowan can boast he lasted longer than past WSOP champions Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Jr. as well as poker-loving celebrities including former baseball player Jose Canseco, comedian Ray Romano, talk show host Montel Williams and semi-professional poker player, actress and fellow Canadian, Jennifer Tilly.

"David's experience with PokerRoom.com proves that the WSOP isn't a tournament reserved only for high-rollers," said Karin Klein, bwin spokesperson for PokerRoom.com. "His win shows how even novice poker players with the right skills can have a strong showing at a world class poker event."

In total, 6,358 players from around the world participated in the WSOP No-Limits Texas Hold'em competition, making it the second-largest live poker tournament in history. Payouts started at $20,320 with the final winner receiving a grand prize of $8,250,000 and the coveted WSOP bracelet.

Photos of David Cowan at the WSOP are available upon request. For a first-hand account of Team PokerRoom.com's adventures at the WSOP 2007 Main Event, please visit: http://www.pokerroom.com/newsroom/blog/category/events/wsop/wsop-2007.

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