|Poker magazine Bluff Europe has named Europe’s top five poker destinations and London has topped the bill as the place to be for lovers of the game.|
To be printed in the July issue of the publication, which is on newsstands in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia, the list sees London closely followed by Dublin, the Estonian capital Tallinn, Barcelona and Monte Carlo. The factors taken into account included the range of games on offer, the number of venues in which to play, the gaming laws of each respective city as well as high-profile television tournaments offered.
“It was a difficult decision naming the top five poker cities in Europe but poker in London is like poker in no other city on Earth,” said Michael Caselli, Editor-in-Chief of Bluff Europe.
“From the major television tournaments like the European Poker Tour to the gorgeous new poker room at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square right through to the grassroots home games, private club games, pub tournaments and online games, which are going to be regulated by the British Government come September, poker is quickly becoming one the city’s most popular past times. If you want a game, anytime day or night, you’ll easily find one in London.”
In order to celebrate London being number one, Bluff Europe is holding its Poker In The Park afternoon in the capital’s Leicester Square, which is to be sponsored by the World Poker Tour on July 6. Poker In The Park will be a day of play-for-fun poker tournaments, tutoring and giveaways for the public.
“Poker’s growth in the UK has been recognised by the World Poker Tour, which is expected to finalise a distribution deal with Challenge TV, and World Series of Poker, which has elected to hold the first ever WSOP Europe in the capital,' added Caselli.