Leading online poker room DevilfishPoker.com has announced its sponsorship of the Hull Daily Mail’s annual Talent Trail 2009 competition, which will see hundreds of hopeful performers shoot for the stars.
Talent Trail 2009 will award the winner with £1,500 while the runner-up will take home £750 followed by £250 for third place.
From now until May, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians are being invited to battle it out through 16 heats and a semi-final before Talent Trail concludes with a final showdown inside the Hull City Hall with top professional poker player and performer Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott serving as a judge.
The money raised will go to The Echoes Foundation, a charity set up by Claire Stockton after her son was diagnosed with a brain disorder. She hopes to elicit enough funds to open a one-stop centre for children with special needs.
“I’ve always loved performing myself and there’s nothing better than standing before an audience and have them shower you with acclaim so DevilfishPoker.com is very happy to support budding Buddy Hollys and part-time Tina Turners,” said Ulliott, who is well-known for his own musical ability including the recent Chocolate Rian video viral on YouTube.
“The fact that it supports a very worthy in the Echoes Foundation is fantastic and, hopefully, we can find a new Leona Lewis or Rhydian Roberts. I’ll be helping judge the final so watch out Louie Walsh and Simon Cowell, there’s a new kid on the block.”