In just over two weeks, over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of September, the fifth Poker In The Park festival will take place in London, England. For the uninitiated, Poker In The Park is to poker what the Glastonbury Festival is to music, except it’s free to enter, you shouldn’t end up knee deep in mud, and with a bit of luck your ears won’t be troubled by the ‘music’ of Coldplay.
The new venue this year makes the event even more accessible than before, simply a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus underground station to Hanover Square and Oxford Circus itself is easily reachable from London’s major train stations and airports for those travelling from further afield.
Poker In The Park 2011 is expecting over 20,000 visitors making it the world’s biggest poker festival and this year’s event promises to be the best so far. Bluff Europe sponsor the Main Stage which will host the second annual British Poker Awards as well as featuring live music and comedy performances.
It’s probably not a coincidence, given the award ceremony that will be hosted, that plenty of European and World stars are likely to be at the event, speaking and / or signing autographs in the Poker Pro’s Lecture Marquee and also in some cases offering live tuition. Previous, and possibly future attendees include Jamie Gold and Peter Eastgate, both of course former WSOP Main Event winners, along with Devilfish, Paul Jackson, Ian Frazer and Liv Boeree.
Aside from the entertainment laid on poker, as you would expect, features very prominently. 3 large tents have been set aside for live poker play, one for constant 80 player S&G tournaments, one for Heads Up tournaments and then the Genting sponsored Poker Dome, one of the most popular venues in previous festivals. On top of this there are also opportunities for those interested in Chess, Backgammon, Mahjong and Rummy to not only learn more about the games but also to play them.