Touted as the world's largest poker festival, Poker in the Park is expected to have over 20,000 visitors; the closer it gets, the more eager they are for the festivities to begin. Entering its fifth year, Poker in the Park is a permanent fixture on the poker calendar and as such, the 2011 event should be bigger and better than ever. You'll find more marquees, more lectures, a new main stage (and the reason the name is so fitting) more live poker than ever before. Poker in the Park V is in Hanover Square, only a hop and skip away from Oxford Circus. Best of all, it's completely FREE. Join in the fun!
The centerpiece of Poker in the Park 2011 is the PokerStars Festival Stage. PokerStars will be the lead sponsor of the main stage which offers a spectacular mix of entertainment; expect live music, great card tricks, chess exhibitions, and the finale will be the second annual British poker Awards. The Swinging Little Big Band will be performing and 'card ninjas' are preparing to show you a few tricks with playing cards.
“We’re thrilled that PokerStars has come on board,” said festival organizer Michael Caselli. “Having the most popular poker room in the world on board is not only great for Poker in the Park, but shows how committed PokerStars is to the entire sport of poker.”
Other ‘Must Visits’ at Poker in the Park:
Genting Poker Dome - Running FREE live SNGs each and every hour, the Genting Poker Dome is the largest Poker Dome in the Park and the hub of massive tournament excitement. Poker fans can register at the door.
Bluff Europe Suicide King Saloon - Live tournaments are running throughout the entire festival. The best pub leagues around the UK work with Bluff Europe so get ready to rub shoulders and square off with poker players from the entire country.
Poker Farm Lecture Marquee - Get educated! Some of the best poker players in the world - including members of the now famous Poker Farm stable will fill your poker thoughts with lectures, Q&As, and send you out the door with autographs - 24 hours a day.
PaySafeCard Festival Bar - it's a social hub, watch for big name players and kick back to relax and enjoy a drink when you take time out of all of the hustle and bustle of Poker in the Park and Hanover Square.
Foscapti Heads Up League Tent - The newest innovation in League Poker will be showcased and you are welcome to join the free knock-out tournament - learn about playing heads-up poker as a team in a league. Learn how to run a league in your area!
Poker Academy Live tuition Marquee - Tune up your game with the help of Poker Academy trainers. Professional players help you hone a winning edge to your poker skills in FREE 20 minute sessions. Don't miss it!
Chess.co.uk Proving Ground - Play chess or backgammon in the Chess.co.uk marquee. If you can’t find a friend to challenge, they will find you an opponent. And if you're hungry for defeat, take on the resident Chess.co.uk master at blitz chess - the outcome could be worth a prize.
Rummy Royal Rummy Room - Pit your skills against other rummy enthusiasts in FREE rummy tournaments that run all day. Play with all skill levels and if you're a beginner, this is the place to start. Play Rummy Royal online to practice before Poker in the Park kicks off.
Mahjong Festival Pavilion - Poker in the Park is hosting the London Mahjong Festival and an attempt will be made to break the record for the largest Mahjong Tournament in Europe. The winner will receive accolades and each and every registered player will get a free a £20 gift. This is a TVB advertised event hosted by Plus Five Gaming, Mahjong Logic, and The Casino at the Empire.
Official Media Sponsor - CalvinAyre.com has been confirmed as the official media sponsor of Poker in the Park 2011. CalvinAyre.com's newest poker reporter, Tatjana Pasalic, will take to the camera for the first time as part of the tablog team.
Poker in the Park kicks off on the 2nd-3rd of September right in the heart of London's party district and you can rock around the clock with poker, poker, poker, and more poker. Don't miss it!