|World Poker Exchange has teamed up with Autumn Light Media to produce the second annual London Open poker tournament.|
Bravo TV has referred to the tournament as the ‘The Wimbledon of British poker’ and like its tennis counterpart the event will be held in a prestigious venue - the historic Whitehall Palace.
The event, to take place from September 22-27, will have Thomas Kremser, CEO of the International Poker Federation, as tournament director.
Last year’s event attracted 140 of the poker world's finest players who competed for a guaranteed $2 million prize pot and this year is expected to be just as successful.
In 2005 celebrities from both sides of the pond also participated in the multiple-day event, with such Hollywood favourites as the voluptuous Jennifer Tilly, Mimi Rogers and Sex in the City's perpetually charming Willie Garson giving the pros a literal run for the money.
This year, the $10k buy-in tournament is expected to draw 300 players, driving the estimated pot to $3 million.
Qualifying for the event will be the same as last year with online qualifying tournaments being exclusively held at Worldpx.com, and are expected to begin in June.