Ben Affleck, check-raising British popstar Robbie Williams – It could be the script of a new blockbuster movie, straight from Hollywood, but no, these two celebrities and many others will soon be battling it out for a slice of a £700,000 ($1,300,000) pie. Affleck has already picked up a $350,000 prize earlier this year for his victory in the Califorina State Poker Championship and is clearly hungry for more.
Surely only one place could stage such an event, Monte Carlo. In what’s being described in many quarters as a European version of the WSOP, the event will be staged in March 2005.
Event organiser and original UK Poker Million winner, John Duthie believes many of the European celebrities are accomplished poker players. He says. “They’re very good players. It’s not just the American celebrities that can play.”
Other famous faces taking part will be Nicole Kidman and Matt Damon aswell as many well known names from the world of sport. All will mingle with the professional and amateur poker playing crowds.
The Small Town 1xbet mobile Poker Tour announces it will air a European version in 2005
Less than two weeks after announcing a televised “Small Town Poker Tour” of the United States, creators AMT Media LLC say they are launching a European version of the show. “The amazing interest in the upcoming US Tour has lead us to push up the date for the European Small Town Tour,” said Mark Fracalossi, CEO of AMT Media LLC. “The format will be the same as the US Tour; raise money for charity along the way and crown one champion.”
A desire to take poker back to its roots drove the creators to hit the road in search of the best amateur players in small-town America. The tour begins in the Northeast, with stops in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The producers plan to host Texas Hold’Em poker tournaments for local charities in all 50 states.
Work on the European version has already begun. “We have been visiting possible sites the last few weeks,” said Fracalossi. “The public may visit the web site smalltownpokertour.com and find out how to nominate their town.” He added that the show is looking for unique small towns and local charities to play for and he encouraged share their ideas for the program.
PartyPoker Cruise set for March 19
PartyPoker.Com Million IV tournament
The prize-pool for the PartyPoker.Com Million IV tournament, played on the MS Oosterdam cruise-liner, which sets sail on March 19 from San Diego, is estimated to be $7.5 million with a field of 750 players.
The figures compare favourably with the combined $3.82 million paid out on instalments I, II and III and is very much a confirmation of the ever-increasing popularity of poker.
Furthermore, the winner will walk away with $2 million. That’s according to Mark Tenner president of the Las Vegas-based Card Player Cruises who are organising the vent.
The format is a familiar one with a 10,000 chip starting-stack and four days of play needed to reach the six-seat final, which will be filmed for the World Poker Tour TV series.
Previous winners of the 1xbet mobile PartyPoker.Com Million include Erick Lindgren, who won $1,000,000 in the 2004, Howard Lederer ($263,850) in 2003 and Kathy Liebert ($1,000,000) in 2002.
Cruise packages, which obviously includes a seat in the big tournament are valued at $12,600 apiece and can be won at PartyPoker.