Europe's longest running and most lucrative poker tournament got underway, September 18th, with the celebrity heat of The Ladbrokes Poker Million VI. The event is being broadcast on Sky Sports 2 and will run 13 weeks, with players competing in a weekly "heat". The final will be shown live on December 21st, 2007.
One of the hopefuls this year, to become Ladbroke's latest "Million Dollar Man", will be a father of three from Caterham, Ian Frazier.
The 2005 UK Open Championship saw Frazier triumph over some of the best players from around the globe, a feat he hopes to repeat this year at The Ladbrokes Poker Million IV.
This is the second year Frazier has qualified for this event by playing online. Considering this 48 year old has already won over $1,000,000 in the three short years he has been playing poker, nothing seems out of reach for him. When asked about the event, Frazier said, "Playing in the Poker Million VI with Ladbrokespoker.com will be a huge challenge. Going head to head with the world's premier poker players will be a test in itself, let alone playing under the pressure of studio lights and cameras. I got beaten heads up last year in the first televised heat by the winner Raj Modha, so this year I am looking for some revenge."
The field is going to be tough with a range of celebrities like Brian McFadden, Matt Dawson, and Danielle Lloyd, as well as some of the world's best professionals.
Frazier, who in spite of his success at the tables, has not given up his day job as a Project Manager, which he has held for 15 years with the building company Vidette, LTD in Croydon.
After his 2005 UK Open win with a lucky pair of sixes, he did however, indulge in a £125,000 bright red Ferrari. He also says he would like to write a book on poker which he will entitle "Win The Frazier Way". No doubt winning the Ladbrokes event would further encourage him to get his book underway.
When not playing online and in major poker tournaments, Frazier can be seen around the poker clubs in Croydon. You can also watch his technique this Tuesday night in one of the Ladbrokes weekly heats which will be broadcast on Sky Sports.