London's Leicester Square will again be the centre of UK poker action next week as a reprise of last year's popular "Poker in the Park" festival is presented each evening between August 15 and 16. The event will undoubtedly heighten the profile of the game in preparation for the World Series of Poker Europe, which takes place at the Empire casino on the square between September 19 and October 2.
Poker in the Park will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening, with the Internet 3D poker website PKR.com sponsoring the Poker Dome, in which they will host free hourly Texas Hold'em single-table sit-and-go tournaments. The event schedule includes a number of interesting competitioons, including the SubTV Student Poker League Cup; the LondonPubPoker Trophy; the Royal Surrey Tournament; the Poker Project Trophy; the Nuts Poker League Challenge; the England Poker League Cup and the Bluff Europe Championship.
UltimateBet and Absolute Poker will be hosting a Poker Academy throughout the poker festival, where the poker pros who endorse these online poker operations will offer free advice and tips to players attending their presentations. Other attractions are book readings and many lectures by big names in the game.
The founder of London Pub Poker, Steve Hedger, says that Poker in the Park is a great opportunity for people new to poker to enjoy themselves and expand their knowledge in the process. "London is one of the most vibrant poker cities in the world, and the game is as popular as ever," he said.
"Our leagues have seen waves of new players coming through our doors and learning the game, and Poker in the Park will be the perfect chance for those who haven't been bitten by the bug to finally see why we love the game so much."