The biggest poker festival in Europe returns to London from September 2-3, but this year’s event has been moved to Hanover Square from Leicester Square.
More than 20,000 poker fanatics gathered in Leicester Square for last year’s Poker in the Park event, when the likes of Neil Channing, Dave ‘The Devilfish’ Ulliott and Liv Boeree were on hand to give advice on all things poker.
Former world boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was also there to provide a little glamour! Or so we’re told…
An even larger crowd is expected this year at Hanover Square, which is very close to Oxford Circus in the Mayfair area of Britain’s capital city, with organisers saying that there will be more marquees, three massive poker domes, numerous additional activities and big-name brands to entice and entertain fans.
Previous years have seen fans queuing for hours to get a seat in the Pokerdome, so organisers have added two more domes to handle the massive demand – so providing three times the space and triple the tournaments.
For those not quite so interested in poker, there will also be a mixed game marquee, where fans can enjoy a selection of the best non-poker skill games, such as chess, backgammon and rummy.
Live sit ’n’ go events will run from 16:30 (BST) until 21:30 on both days in Pokerdomes 1, 2 and 3 – with an 80-player capacity in each arena – while poker fans will also be able to attend free strategy lectures supplied by some of the world’s leading players on the hour every hour from 16:30 until 20:30.
Additionally, there will be heads-up events staged on the most advanced electronic tables, while live tuition can be enjoyed, as well as autograph and photo signings, and cut-price deals on poker merchandise and books.
There will also be numerous surprise guests on hand for the fifth staging of the event, following on from visits from the likes of world champions Peter Eastgate and Jamie Gold, as well as big-name pros Marc Goodwin, Channing, Ulliott, Boeree, Ian Frazer, Nik Persaud and Paul Jackson.
Poker in the Park V will, for the first time, include a main stage, where fans can enjoy the best in live music, famous comedians and so much more. Acts have still to be confirmed, but we’ll let you now who is playing as soon as organisers make the announcement.
The main stage will also host the second annual British Poker Awards – a star-studded ceremony to honour the best of British poker in a year when UK players continue to make massive strides on the international scene.