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Absolute Poker launches European FreeRoll

22 February 2007

NEW YORK – (PRESS RELEASE) -- National pride is on the line in the next big poker tournament to hit Europe. Absolute Poker, today announced the European FreeRoll Showdown, a free online poker tournament that aims to find out which country is home to Europe's best poker players.

Players can register for a free tournament open to those who wave the same national flag. The top five players in each country-specific Texas Hold'em tournament will win their spot in the final European FreeRoll Showdown event on March 24th. The winner of the final Texas Hold'em tournament will walk away with bragging rights for their country plus a piece of the $1,000 prize pool. Entry to the Europe-only online poker tournament is completely free.

"There's a very distinct competitive spirit among European countries when it comes to poker," stated David Clainer, senior vice president for Absolute Poker. "Each European country thinks they're better than all the others. With the European FreeRoll Showdown, we're going to find out who's really on top."

While experts have it that Sweden will likely come out on top, the Germans look to put up a good challenge. Absolute Poker has plans to continue this contest opening it up to more countries on the next go around, including US and Canada.

European FreeRoll Showdown Tournament Schedule:

Week 1: 24th February - Turkey, Germany, Finland, Norway, Russia

Week 2: 3rd March - France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland

Week 3: 10th March - Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Switzerland, Poland

Week 4: 17th March - Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Italy

Week 5: 24th March - FINALS

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