19-year-old Krakow student wins $150 000 car on a freeroll
 
Party Poker.com ( Official Website ) has announced the winner of its ‘Drive the Dream' promotion, awarding the first prize of a new Aston Martin DB9 coupe to 19-year-old cartography student Marek Sisnowski of Krakow, Poland.
 
The young player won the big prize on a complete freeroll after a nine handed live shootout at The Mint Casino in London over the weekend.
 
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 happier!”
 
The young Pole 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  ( Official Website ) 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.”
 
Drive the Dream online freerolls ran on PartyPoker.com from April until September 12th. The lucky winners from the main satellites that were held every second Sunday of the month secured places in the final. After a champagne reception, play started on Saturday evening with 10,000 chips per player. The players spent two nights at an exclusive five-star Soho Hotel as part of their package.