Evans won the first "WSOP VIP Package" ever awarded by the popular skill- based game site, DuplicatePoker.com by paying only $99 to participate in a qualifying poker tournament online. The WSOP VIP Package valued at $14,000 includes airline tickets, luxurious accommodations at the Rio All-Suites Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, show tickets, a special dinner for two, and limousine service from the airport. Evans will have a chance to play for his share of what is expected to be over $50 million in prize money.
"This is my shot at making it really big," Evans said. "This is probably the only shot I will have of making some really big money. I owe it all to winning my entry at DuplicatePoker.com."
Evans, a 47-year-old HVAC technician, is married and has two boys. He has been playing Duplicate Poker since the game site first debuted last year. He estimates that he plays poker about 10 hours per week, mainly for fun.
"I play poker at my (local lodge)," Evans said. "Since I started playing at DuplicatePoker.com, I have become a much better player. I really like the twist. It's completely different."
Evans is expected to be one of more than 6,000 players who will come to Las Vegas to play for a potentially life-changing amount of money. The World Series of Poker championship event starts July 3rd. The 2008 world poker champion will ultimately be determined at the final table which will conclude on November 10th.
DuplicatePoker.com is the newest flavor of Texas Hold 'em. It's legal in 32 US states and easy to make a deposit using either Visa or MasterCard.
DuplicatePoker.com also offers cash bonuses just for signing up. The site now will triple any first time deposit made by new players up to $100, and gives $3 in free money for new players to learn the game by playing for real money.