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PokerRoom?s Become a Pro Tournament Won.

9/3/2006
Jim Davenport has won the PokerRoom.com 'Become a Poker Pro' tournament on Sunday afternoon. The tournament was held aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas cruise ship as part of a weekend dedicated to some of PokerRoom.com's top online players.

Davenport won himself a prize package valued at $250,000 and will be sponsored by PokerRoom.com for the next 12 months.

Speaking after his win, Davenport said, 'I'm still so nervous. I measure success in being able to wake up in the morning and be excited about going to work. I legitimately love my new job, and I felt like if I didn't win, I would still go home a winner. But they're not sponsoring me through the poker circuit, so now I have a new employer.'

Sixty-nine players started the tournament online, all hoping to secure a place at the final table, and those who did carried their chip stack from the online portion of the tournament into the live tournament.

'I was surprised I had a lead going into heads up, let alone a 100,000 chip lead,' Davenport said. 'I just went with my instincts. I made a bluff on a big hand and I got a pretty good ready on Billy. Once I felt like I had that read, I knew I could just play the cards.'
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