With over 50,000 participants and 200 finalists, Everest Poker has awarded $100,000 sponsorship contracts to ten of poker’s most promising players in Europe. The players, most of whom learned to play poker or honed their skills with Everest and are active members of the Everest Poker community, competed against two-hundred other hopefuls at the finale in Vienna January 9th and 10th.

Throughout October and November 2009, qualified players were invited to complete their profiles on a specially designed social media platform www.everestpoker.com/livethedream allowing them to be judged on their blogging skills. At the final event, a judging panel comprising of players, press and poker professionals worked through a transparent scoring process to assess each player’s qualities. Points were awarded for online poker skills, live poker ability, ambassador quality and a newly added criterion of popular voting. Players had access to the Live the Dream scoring breakdown throughout the two-day final event.

The ten finalists who won were Fabien “SchumyFab” Perrot, Leonard “leoledingo” Truche and Julien “Garrincho54” Claudepierre from France, Ronny “Spadesman” Pickard and Tobias “Tobestar11” Wagner from Germany, Koen “koendb” de Bakker from The Netherlands, Javier “elflacokanu” Martinez from Spain, Sigurd “TheBigViking” Eskeland from Norway, Thomas “DannyMcCoy” Froslev from Denmark and the only female winner Viktoria “SexyGirl” Szlasi from Hungary.

The 10 Live The Dream winners will represent Everest Poker at the best tournaments in the world for a full year including the World Series of Poker Main Event 2010, and will receive over $30,000 in travel expenses with packages totaling $100,000 for each player.