VIP Club: Liu snags car with FPP
When Eric Liu found himseld in need of a new car, he didn't just go down to the used car lot and pick up a clunker to get him around town. He chatted up the folks at the PokerStars VIP Club and ended up paying for most of his vehicle with Frequent Player Points. We asked him to let us in on the story, and he obliged. Here's what he had to say.
by Eric Liu
I'm a 23 year old high stakes cash game player and instructor at CardRunners who has just recently started playing live tournaments. I've had good success so far, cashing in all 3 of the EPTs I've played in (PCA, Monte Carlo, London). Just recently a few months ago I moved to San Francisco and brought along my car, a Mazda RX-8, and needed to get a new clutch for it. Well, the clutch was too tight, so I kept stalling, which is very bad news in San Francisco because of all the hills.
Naturally, I decided to get a car thats powerful, nice looking, and very good on hills, and nothing is better at doing that than a Range Rover! Coupled with the fact that I've wanted a Range Rover or Escalade for some time now, it just seemed like the natural decision to make.
The specific SUV that I purchased is a black '08 Range Rover Sport Supercharged. I've only driven it a few times so far as its new and I'm out of town so much, and so far I simply love it. I love the way it looks, and the stuff inside is incredible. Technology these days is incredible--everything is automatc: seat positions, windshield wipers,lights, temperature, GPS, etc. There are also a few quirks about it that are amusing but mostly useless: a dial that allows driving in all different kinds of terrain (rain, snow, gravel, sand), a button that raises and lowers the car, and the most ridiculous of all, a large yellow button that allows the car to go down a 45 degree incline on loose sand.
In a few years when my RX-8 gets old and I'm settled in Las Vegas (where there are no hills), I'm probably going to replace it with a porsche 911 turbo. Hopefully I'll have enough FPPs by then to get yet another car from Pokerstars.