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Ramona poker player wins $10,000 seat in WSOP at Pala

7 April 2010

PALA, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Andrea McNew, a poker player from Ramona, CA, made her first tournament win count Saturday, April 2, when she won a $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker in Pala Casino Spa & Resort's Second WSOP Qualifier.

McNew, an engineering project manager, bested 60 players when she went all-in with an Ace-King and defeated Ricardo Onate at the final table. She also won $1,000 in expense money to travel to the WSOP, which starts July 5 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Pala held its first WSOP Qualifying Tournament Saturday, March 6. The first $10,000 seat was won by Edgar Akoyan of Fountain Valley, CA.

McNew said she has played competitive poker for about a year and competes in a number of tournaments. "But, it felt really good to get that first win, especially since I can now compete in the World Series," she said. Twenty players who finished behind McNew each won a $550 seat in Pala's Deep Stack III Ultimate Free Roll tournament, which will be played at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1.

WSOP Super Satellite Qualifying Tournaments also will be held starting at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 11, April 18 and April 25. Each winner will receive a $10,000 seat in the WSOP if there are 50 or more players. The buy-in for each tournament will be $170 with a $20 entry fee. Players will start with $20,000 in chips and there will be a $10 optional bonus buy for $5,000 in additional starting chips. Each blind will be 30 minutes.

Two Deep Stack Classic III Super Satellites and two Mega Satellite qualifying tournaments will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 10, April 17 and April 24, respectively, with the second Mega Satellite played at Noon, Friday, April 30. The Super Satellite tournaments will have a $55 buy-in and a $15 entry fee. Each player will begin with $5,000 in chips and there will be a $5 re-buy for an additional $5,000 in chips. One out of every 10 players will win a seat in the Deep Stack Classic III. There will be 20-minute blinds. The Mega Satellite qualifiers will have a $110 buy-in and a $15 entry fee. Players will start with $10,000 in chips and there will be an optional $10 re-buy for an additional$10,000 in starting chips. Blinds will be 30 minutes and one out each five players will win a seat in the Deep Stack Classic III.

For players who do not qualify, the Deep Stack Classic III will have a $500 buy-in and a $35 entry fee. Players will start with $25,000 in chips and there will be a $15 optional Staff Bonus Buy for an additional $5,000 in starting chips. The tournament will have 30-minute blinds.

Pala Casino Spa & Resort reserves the right to alter or cancel any poker tournament at its discretion.

About Pala Casino Spa & Resort

The recently expanded Pala Casino Spa & Resort includes a Las Vegas-style casino with 2,000 slot machines, 15 poker tables and 87 table games; a 507-room hotel; a 10,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon that features 14 treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art fitness center; swimming pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, and dual-temperature outdoor Jacuzzi.

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