Europe’s largest annual Poker festival, Poker in the Park, opened to a horde of poker enthusiasts last week as thousands of people took to  London’s famous Leicester Square for the event.
 
The festival welcomed people from all over the UK to come and join the poker festivities, including free tournaments, live tutorials and the chance to learn from and meet some of poker’s most famous faces.  Pokerstars
 
The event, that ran from noon on Thursday 13th August and ended Friday 14th at 9.30pm, was headlined by sponsors PKR, who in turn hosted a number of UK’s top pub poker leagues into the PKR Dome in order to run their respective tournaments.
 
The Unibet Lecture Marquee played host to some of the world’s most successful poker talent as they addressed the crowd in a series of lectures.  Attendees were fortunate enough to meet 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold, who spoke on both days of Poker in the Park as well as hosting the Jamie Gold Charity Tournament in the Casino at the Empire on Thursday evening.
 
Amongst the rest of the speakers were 2008 WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate and a top line-up of British poker professionals including Neil Channing, Paul Jackson, Ian Frazer, Nik Persaud, John Tabatabai, Liv Boeree and Alex Rousso.
Littlewoods Poker ran the Littlewoods Poker Tuition Tent, where players could play open-handed against their celebrity players Mark Goodwin, Michael Greco and Tony Cascarino.
 
Other highlights of the event included the Bluff Europe Heads-Up Tent, where people were able to pit their wits against each other on the PokerTek Heads-Up Challenge electronic tables, and the introduction of PTG Poker from Prime Table Games.
 
Finally, visitors were greeted by Neteller, London Poker Circuit, pokershopuk., Gamcare, Blackbelt Poker and London Chess & Bridge in the Poker Multitent, which offered a menagerie for players both amateur and expert.
 
Poker in the Park will return in 2010 bigger and better than ever.