SOURCE: The Poker Camp LLC

March 03, 2005 16:41 ET

Three "Final Table" Alumni Win $10,000 Entry in World Poker Tour Tournament

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 3, 2005 -- The inaugural Final Table Seminar, sponsored by and hosted by The Poker Camp, an innovator in poker education for enthusiasts, delivered on its promise of "Learn from the best, beat the rest." Three students -- J. Burns, Brenda McCracken, and Paul Serekis -- graduated from the Final Table Seminar and immediately proceeded to work their way through an open, satellite tournament and win coveted, $10,000 seats in the upcoming World Poker Tournament (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament.

Held in San Jose, CA on February 25 and 26, 2005, the Final Table Seminar offered students a full day and a half of poker seminars, workshops, and practice sessions that focused on No-Limit Texas Hold'em. Poker stars Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari and Lee Jones were the featured guest speakers. Students then played in an exclusive, mock graduation tournament for valuable prizes. The top three finishers, J. Burns, Jack Martin, and Brenda McCracken, won free $1,040 seats in the WPT Super Satellite tournament that was held at Bay 101 on February 27, 2005. Mr. Serekis completed the seminar and paid for his entry.

Competition in the WPT Super Satellite tournament was extremely intense because the top six finishers earned complimentary berths in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event to be held March 7 through March 11, 2005. The entry fee for this televised event is normally $10,000 and the winner receives $1,000,000 in cash and a $25,300 seat in the WPT Championship No-Limit Hold'em Event.

Mr. Martin, the Final Table Seminar graduation tournament champion, did well in the WPT Super Satellite tournament, and held the chip lead at one point, but was ultimately knocked out by well known professionals, including Men "The Master" Nguyen and Millie Shiu. Mr. Burns, Ms. McCracken, and Mr. Serekis did even better, using their newfound knowledge and skills to reach the final table of a hotly contested spread-limit tournament and will now have a chance to realize every poker enthusiast's dream: to play against the best poker players in the world in a real World Poker Tour event.

All four credited The Poker Camp and The Final Table Seminar for elevating their skills and enabling them to make it to a final table.

"As a poker newbie, but also a poker junkie over the last eight months or so, I've read all the books, magazines, online sites, etc., and have had some modest success with the game at my local card room and on and -- my two favorite online sites. But after two intensive days with Antonio and Lee, it was like the books finally made sense!" said McCracken. "Going to the Bay 101 Super Satellite was nerve-racking on the inside, but I was cool on the outside. My strategy was, 'what would Antonio do?' and I did it! To put the three of us into the money proves again that Antonio is truly a magician!"

"I had a great time," said Martin. "I loved the staff and it was a good group of students. Lee Jones really pounds it into your head and drives home the point. If you stick with what he says, your game will be greatly improved."

"I may have watched a billion hours of poker on television and only played for a little over a year at home tournaments, but even I made it to the final table after a weekend seminar with Antonio Esfandiari," said Burns. "The Poker Camp turned me into a poker champ!"

The Poker Camp is currently planning the next Final Table Seminar in May of 2005 in South Lake Tahoe, CA. For the latest details, please visit, email, or call The Poker Camp at 209-830-6556.

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