Friday, August 14, 2009

Great Turnout for Jamie Gold Charity Tournament at Poker in the Park

The Jamie Gold Charity Tournament reached its cap of 50 players as an array of celebrity and poker playing talent took to the felt last night in the Shadow Lounge within the Casino at the Empire.

The Jamie Gold Charity Tournament, that took place as part of the Poker in the Park festival in Leicester Square, was hosted by the 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold and co-hosted by 2008 WSOP Main Event winner, and youngest ever WSOP Main Event champion, Peter Eastgate.

The tournament, which aimed to raise money for The Jamie Gold Foundation’s numerous charities, took place at The Empire’s Shadow Lounge, where a number of famous names were present including celebrity players Teddy Sheringham and Michael Greco, as well as top UK poker pros John Tabatabai, Nick Persaud, JJ Hazan, Sam Trickett and Ian Frazer.

Although the tournament buy-ins will go towards the Jamie Gold Foundation, there were a number of generous donations to the prizepool including an EPT seat worth £5,200, donated by PokerStars, as well as a seat to the Unibet Open, worth £3,000.

In the end it was a Swedish Pro, Mikael Gabrielsson, wearing Unibet colours, that took the title.

Four camera crews were on hand to capture the atmosphere as celebrities and poker players battled it out on the felt in good spirits.

Poker in the Park continues all throughout today where Jamie Gold amongst many top pros will be delivering a lecture in the Unibet Lecture Marquee. Visit to find out the full schedule of speakers.