DRIVE THE DREAM? I WOULD IF I HAD A DRIVING LICENCE! 19 YEAR OLD POLE SCOOPS $150,000 ON A FREEROLL

Oktober 6, 2010

Gibraltar – 5th October 2010 – 19-year-old Marek Sosnowski is the proud winner of the ‘Drive the Dream’ promotion at  http://www.partypoker.com/! The cartography student from Krakow, Poland, mapped his path to victory and was in shock as it was announced that he had won a brand new 2010 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe on a complete freeroll after the nine handed live shootout at The Mint Casino in London on Saturday.

Sosnowski, who is due to take his driving licence next week, decided to take $150,000 instead of the dream car. “ This is madness, I don’t quite know what to do – I cannot believe I won this without investing a penny. I have my driving test next week so I thought it would be best to take the money! An Aston Martin is an amazing car but I was thinking I would get an Audi TT instead when I pass my test. I took my preparation for the event really seriously. I have been reading books and even hired myself a poker trainer. It has paid off and I couldn’t be more happy!”

Marek was cheered on from the rail by his girlfriend Anna as he took down the title in a field that featured players from six countries. The runner-up was the UK’s Bob Gipson, while all nine players who qualified were guaranteed a prize.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “Hundreds of thousands of players took part in Drive the Dream and Marek was the deserved winner. The fact he won after qualifying through a freeroll is remarkable but his commitment to improving his game in the weeks before the final is commendable. It just goes to prove how important skill and learning elements are to the game of poker.”

Here are the final standings:

  1. Marek Sosnowski – Poland - 2010 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe
  2. Bob Gipson – UK - Lamborghini Extreme Driving Academy Package
  3. Gregor Wojtowicz – Germany - Ferrari Driving Experience Package
  4. Araujo Nunes – Brazil - Porsche Sport Driving School Package Donaldson
  5. Davide Altea – Italy - F1 Grand Prix Brazil Package (Sao Paulo)
  6. Michal Wawer – Poland - F1 Grand Prix Santander D’Italia Package (Monza)
  7. Rodney Jones – UK - US$4,000 Cash
  8. Christian Altrogge – Germany - US$3,000 Cash
  9. Rizwan Patel – UK - US$2,000 cash

For more information and pictures see: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/featured/polish-qualifier-drives-the-dream.html

Drive the Dream online freerolls ran on PartyPoker.com from April until Sunday September 12th. The lucky winners from the main satellites that were held every second Sunday of the month at 14.00 ET secured their place in the final. After a champagne reception, play started on Saturday at 7pm with 10,000 chips per player. The players spent two nights at the exclusive five-star Soho Hotel as part of their package.

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