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Richard Rowe - CEO Golden Covers $10,000 Buy-In For Physically Challenged Entrant

JULY 12, 2005, LAS VEGAS, NV -- William Rockwell loves to play poker and doesn?t let his disability stop him from doing it. Without the use of his arms, Rockwell uses his feet to hold his cards. This incredible display of dexterity and determination has earned him the respect and admiration of everyone that has played with him or watched him in action.

Internet casino ensured that Rockwell got the opportunity of a lifetime for any poker player--to compete in the world?s biggest poker tournament, the World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas. The popular Internet casino put up the entry fee of $10,000 so Rockwell could live his dream and play for the most coveted title in poker.

Rockwell did well against the world?s best players, making the cut on Friday into round two of the tournament. Rockwell had the added bonus of playing next to professional poker player Kathy Liebert and ?Boston? Rob Mariano from TV?s Survivor and The Amazing Race.

?When the opportunity to sponsor William came up we didn?t hesitate,? said CEO Richard Rowe. ?Not only is he a great poker player, but his courage and strength continue to amaze and inspire us. We are extremely proud to have sponsored him and commend him on a great performance.?

A 31-year-old San Diego native and victim of a 1990 motorcycle accident that deprived him of the use of his arms, Rockwell earned national media attention in 1997 by qualifying for the finals of the World Putting Championships. Rockwell, using only his bare feet to putt, was one of only 300 who qualified to compete against Tour professionals and amateurs alike for the title of World?s Best Putter.

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On October 16th, 2005 at 4:19 PM goldengirl1985 said:

great job, congradulation, I am disabled with MS and I am known here as MS wheelchair mom, I say i am glad gpc is doing more for the disabled and for great causes. You look great and never let your guard down. God Bless A.Torres
On November 06th, 2005 at 4:16 PM William Rockwell said:

Thank You Very Much! I am so happy to see the story is touching people.
On July 28th, 2006 at 10:58 PM Brandon said:

hahaha....did anyone notice he cant use his arms!?!?

that shits funny...

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