Monday, 10 September 2012
The London Poker Festival is really hitting its stride now and the action is set to get even bigger with two big Main Events just around the corner.
First up is Unibet Open London at Aspers Casino in Stratford. Organisers have confirmed that 190 have players already signed up and it’s estimated that pre-registered prize money will be in excess of €375,000. Players hitting the tables for the Main Event, which runs from 13th to 16th September will include Swedish footballing legend Tomas Brolin, international blogger and poker player Mikka Anttonen and former Unibet Open champions Fuat Can, Mateusz Moolhuizen, Paul Valkenburg and Peter Harkes. Players can register for this €1,500+150 event at UnibetOpen.com or try and qualify in £100 live satellites at Aspers on 12th and 13th. The Fox Poker Club is the venue for the RakeTheRake.com English Poker Open which runs from 19th to 21st September. Top pros set to play in the £250,000 guaranteed event include World Series of Poker Bracelet winners Praz Bansi and James “Flushy” Dempsey, Irish Open Champion James Mitchell, WSOP November Niner James Akenhead and legend of UK poker and WPT Champion Surinder Sunar. Registration for the £2,180 buy-in event is open at the Fox Poker Club which also has a busy schedule of satellites. Players taking part in the English Poker Open will also be able to attend the EPO Launch Party on board HMS President. The quickest way to qualify for the upcoming English Poker Open is at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair. There are £220 buy-in rolling six-max Shootouts running every evening from today until the English Poker Open itself. The final tables award two £2,180 English Poker Open seats, along with cash prizes for the runners up. These qualifiers will run every evening from 8pm on demand. For more information visit EnglishPokerOpen.com.For full details on all the events schedule this month visit the London Poker Festival website.
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