Poker in the Park 2008 took place in Central London this weekend, filling one half of London’s world-renowned Leicester Square, with free tournaments and lectures given by the best British poker players. Some of the most innovative companies in the industry demonstrated exactly why poker is such a huge phenomenon across Britain and with such a wide demographic.
Poker in the Park sponsors PKR put together a schedule of tournaments spreading professional dealers and beaming all of the action on to the Poker in the Park Jumbotron. Players had their first taste of professional quality poker, with special guest commentator Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott overseeing the final table of the Bluff Europe Championship event.
While many played, others learnt as the Poker Academy saw top professionals share their secrets with poker enthusiasts. Bluff Europe cover stars Neil Channing, Nik Persaud and Dave Ulliott were joined by Mark Goodwin, Paul Jackson, Tony Holden, Tom Sambrook and the lovely Liv Boeree as they covered everything the budding poker fanatic needs to improve their game.
The event was also a huge success for the companies who came descended to Leicester Square. While Cardoza Books and Squirrel Poker sold their wares to the masses, Poker Kings, Jackpot Joy and Aces Royal showed their latest online and mobile products, allowing players to enjoy their poker on the move or in the comfort of their own home. One of the most exciting visitors to Poker in the Park was the Fox Poker Club, which has secured their license for London’s first fully-licensed poker venue in London – more great news for the English capital.
Bluff Europe editor in chief Michael Caselli was delighted with the evolution of Poker in the Park. “This event proved that the UK loves poker just as much as the Americans, but more importantly that it plays poker for fun and entertainment in a measured and responsible manner.”