Big Brother’s Shilpa to be Offered Asian Poker Role
By James McKeown
The Asian Poker Classic, sponsored by, is set to capitalise on Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s success on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother (CBB), by inviting the actress and reality TV star to present the Asian Poker Classic, taking place in Goa, March 1-5 2007.

Bollywood actress Shetty, who was already a huge star of Indian cinema, has shot to fame throughout the world thanks to her high profile role on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother programme, which is currently creating headlines and heated debate around the world.

Her appearance on the show has alerted organisers of the Asian Poker Classic who see Shetty as the perfect candidate to host what will be the biggest poker tournament ever to have been staged in India, and which is set to attract an international audience to Goa in early March.

Director of Events at APC, Minaxshi Shah, explained, “We don’t yet know how much longer she’ll be in the Big Brother house but she’s already become the star of the series. We’ll be contacting her as soon as she comes out to ask if she’ll be involved in the Asian Poker Classic.”

Sachin Pawa, CEO of tournament sponsors Maharajah Gaming, added, “Shilpa has the perfect poker face along with strength under pressure, grace and class. She is already hugely popular in India and now has a strong following in the UK. She would be the ideal ambassador for the Asian Poker Classic.”

The 31-year-old actress goes head-to-head tonight (Friday) in an eviction battle with nemesis Jade Goody, with the film star odds-on favourite to win the public vote and stay in.

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