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UK poker festival this weekend

14 August 2008

LONDON, England -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- London, nominated one of the top 3 cities in Europe to play poker, will be celebrating poker's popularity in Britain with a two-day poker festival in Leicester Square. The festival is called Poker in the Park, and in its second year, is the UK's largest poker exhibition. Poker in the Park will host over 25,000 poker enthusiasts in Leicester Square for free hourly poker tournaments, lectures from the biggest stars of the game, photo opportunities and autographs with pro poker players, exhibitions from top name card rooms, and Las Vegas-style showgirl entertainment.

The home of the World Series of Poker Europe, several prospering poker circuits and one of the most thriving grassroots poker scenes in the world, London has once again been named one of the top three cities in Europe to play poker by Bluff Europe magazine - alongside card-playing hotspots including Dublin, Vienna, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

"Over the last three years, poker has become one of the most popular pastimes in Britain, both as viewed on television and in terms people learning and playing with friends. Poker in the Park is the biggest exhibition in the sport, and it is sure to be entertaining and educational for poker enthusiasts of all levels," said poker magazine Bluff Europe's editor-in-chief, Michael Caselli. "Like chess, to play poker at a competitive level requires practice, education and a high degree of skill, luck plays very little factor in successful poker; that's why the poker phenomenon isn't a flash in the pan, people that start to play find it a challenging and they want to improve their game. I look at poker as a generational game; the older generation grew up playing bridge, and our generation plays poker. When you start to think of poker in those terms, you realise that poker is here to stay," he added.

The event's title sponsor is online poker room PKR, who are also the sponsors of the 'Poker Dome', where 100 players will sit for hourly Texas Hold'em sit n' go tournaments, including 8 title events sponsored by poker leagues and media outlets. Title events include The Sky Poker Cup, The SubTV Student Poker League Cup, The Trophy, The Royal Surrey Trophy, The Nuts Poker League Challenge, The Cup, The England Poker League Cup and The Bluff Europe Magazine Championship.

This 18 and over event will occupy the northern and eastern quadrants of Leicester Square Park, in the Square's centre and will comprise of over 4,000 feet of entertainment space under marquee. GamCare, the responsible gaming charity and leading provider of the prevention of problem gambling, will be on site promoting responsible gaming for the 18 and over only crowd.

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