he Showdown Poker Tour finally gets underway next month at The Gutshot Club in London, and it promises to be a cracking series of events with mouth-watering prizes for the victors. The Hendon Mob members, Ram Vaswani, Ross Boatman, Barny Boatman and Joe Beevers, will be among the many confident poker professionals angling for the booty. In addition, the Tour is currently working to attract Martin de Knijff, Rene Pedersen, Marcel Luske, Gus Hansen, David "Devilfish" Ulliott and Roy "The Boy" Brindley, amongst others.
For those that know the intimate surroundings that define the Gutshot Club, the prospect of a high stakes, no limt hold'em tournament, competed for by the calibre of those players, whets the appetite unconditionally!
The Showdown Poker Tour's full itinerary to date is as follows:
- The Gutshot Club, London, England (3rd - 7th May 2006)
- Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin, Ireland (24th - 28th May 2006)
- Reval Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius, Lithuania (date pending)
- Casino Barriere de Trouville, Trouville, France (6th - 10th August 2006)
- Reval Park Hotel & Casino, Tallinn, Estonia (31st August - 3rd September 2006)
- Casino Marienlyst, Elsinore, Denmark (19th - 22nd October 2006)
- Casino Esplanade, Hamburg, Germany (27th - 30th November 2006)
Each final table will be televised and broadcast on TV stations across Europe, culminating in sixteen hours of poker on TV. The Hamburg event is to be the Grand Final with a buy-in of €10,000 and an estimated prize pool of €3,000,000, with the winner taking down an estimated €1,000,000.
Satellites for each event are being run at a number of online poker rooms, including Betfair Poker where you can qualify - right now - for the Dublin event, with feeder and super-satellites available until 30th April. Qualifiers have already been decided for the London tournament from Betfair.
The Showdown Poker Tour is the brainchild of two Danes, Soren Hansen and Teddy Vendersbo, both veterans of TV and internet media including gaming consultancy. Speaking from Copenhagen, Vendersbo said of the announcement that all of the Hendon Mob members will be attending:
"We are naturally proud to have the guys from the Hendon mob attending our poker tour - since it is our first season it is of course great to be acknowledged by professional poker players like the Hendon Mob."
About the tournaments, Vendersbo continued:
"We are excited about the whole thing; and we must say that the positive feedback we have received has been overwhelming. We are convinced that the main reason must be that we are aiming at tournaments where the game of poker - more than just TV coverage - is in focus."
The Hendon Mob said:
"The Hendon Mob is delighted to announce our support for and participation in the Showdown Poker Tour. We believe that the advent of the new Showdown Poker Tour is the best news in European poker for some time. This is a tour designed by people who understand the game and with the interests of players very much in mind. There are some great venues lined up and, perhaps most importantly, the tournament structures will ensure that good play is rewarded. The opportunity to qualify online means everyone has a chance to participate and the size of the buy-ins will ensure big prize pools."
Poker enthusiasts not able to be at the events need not miss out as the Swedish poker community, Poker.se, have joined up with the Showdown Poker Tour to provide an ongoing "blog" of the progress as each event happens. Soren Hansen said:
"We are extremely excited about having such a well known poker resource and community to blog from our tournaments since it secures us the best live online coverage we could dream of especially in Scandinavia"
Andreas Gustafsson of Poker.se said:
"As Scandinavia's largest poker community, we are committed to providing our members and visitors with the best live online coverage of the biggest poker tournaments and events in Europe. We are confident that Showdown Poker Tour has all the potential of becoming one of the top European events, and we are excited to be a part of it from the beginning"
Ed note: Get yourself into the Showdown in Dublin! Download Betfair Poker and qualify online now.