As the saying goes, “The best things in life are free.” And an Aston Martin automobile is certainly one of the finer things in life. Now, starting this week, players can qualify for their chance to win an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe for absolutely free in the “Drive the Dream” promotion.
Like many online poker freebies, there is a multi-step qualification process to get close to the Aston Martin. There are two options for the first level of qualifying. One is the Drive the Dream Freeroll Sub-Qualifier. There are six of these freerolls per day, with the top 25 finishers advancing to the Weekly Qualifier. The second is the Drive the Dream Points Sub-Qualifier, which costs just 25 PartyPoints to enter. There are three of these daily, with the top 100 finishers moving on to the next round.
Those who make it past the daily Sub-Qualifiers will compete in the $5,000 Guaranteed Drive the Dream Weekly Qualifier, held every Saturday at 5:00pm ET. The top 100 finishers will earn seats in the third round of tournaments. Additionally, the top 1,000 players will receive a share of a $5,000 prize pool.
The third and final online round is the $15,000 Guaranteed Drive the Dream Final Satellite. These will take place every other Sunday at 2:00pm ET. The winner of each of the satellites will win a seat in the live Drive the Dream Final in London. The $15,000 guaranteed prize pool will be paid out to the top 150 finishers.
We have one quick note to mention about the scheduling of the Final Satellites. The website says they will be held “every second Sunday,” and refer to them as “monthly,” but since that would mean that only five seats at the final table would be awarded, we are not sure if that language is correct. We assume, based on the number of prizes awarded, that means “every other Sunday,” starting with the second Sunday in May, as that would result in nine Final Satellites being played and therefore nine final table seats awarded (although it looks like one Sunday would have to be skipped in August). At any rate, there will be nine Final Satellite winners, so the best bet is to just check the schedule in the Party Poker software.
In a press release, a spokesperson was feeling the excitement. “It is simple to get involved, just join the daily freerolls, qualifying through to the monthly satellites where you can win your seat to the live final in London!” he said. “This is well and truly the opportunity of a lifetime – the possibility of winning an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe for free!”
The live nine-handed final table will take place on October 2nd; all nine players will have their travel and accommodations paid for by Whoever ends up with all the chips will win the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe. Fortunately, the rest of players won’t be left out in the cold, as everyone at the final table win cash or prizes worth at least $2,000. Here is the prize breakdown (cash alternative in parentheses):
1st – 2010 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe ($150,000)
2nd – Lamborghini Extreme Driving Academy Package ($18,750)
3rd – Ferrari Driving Experience Package ($15,000)
4th – Porsche Sport Driving School Package ($11,250)
5th – F1 Grand Prix Brazil Package (Sao Paulo) ($7,500)
6th – F1 Grand Prix Santander D’Italia Package (Monza) ($5,000)
7th – $4,000 Cash
8th – $3,000 Cash
9th – $2,000 Cash
The base MSRP for the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe is $180,000. With available options, that price can climb to over $200,000.

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