After a number of false starts and a generally inauspicious journey since March, the Showdown Poker Tour trundles into Elsinore in Denmark for its scheduled Scandinavian stop. The event is listed at the Showdown Tour's official website as running from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd October but the start might not be until Friday 20th.
UK Poker News contacted the Casino Marienlyst this week about the concerns that previous planned Showdown Poker Tour events had suffered badly from lack of player numbers. However, we have been assured "The event will definitely run".
The casino said that the precise rooms to be used within its premises will depend upon how many players register. They stated that they are currently expecting around 50 players to play and, if this is the case, the tournament will commence on Friday 20th October and run to Sunday 22nd. The tournament would also take place in the casino's main poker room rather than a larger hall that was in the initial planning. However, if there is good demand and numbers exceed 66, the event will commence on the Thursday 19th October.
It will be remembered that all four of the Hendon Mob - Barny and Ross Boatman, Ram Vaswani and Joe Beevers - committed to play on the Showdown Poker Tour in 2006. However, the casino has advised UK Poker News that they have been told a "minimum two of the players from the Hendon Mob will participate".
This will be only the third time the Showdown Poker Tour has staged a tournament, after three other planned events were either postponed or not finalised. The Vilnius (Lithuania) date has never been published, while both the Trouville (France) and Tallinn (Estonia) dates in August were postponed at short notice due most likely to a lack of players. Note that these events are all said to be "postponed" with an apparent intention to re-arrange their dates. This remains to be seen. The first two dates in London and Dublin took place with little more than twenty players paying the €5,000 + €300 registration fees.
The entry at Elsinore in a week's time is again €5,000 plus a registration fee of €550, the most expensive fees of the published dates on the Tour, and this coming just one week before the next leg of the established European Poker Tour's Season 3 in Dublin, with a similar buy-in. The challenge is on to attract the players to Denmark!
If they travel, visitors and players alike will get the chance to sample some fine Danish history. In 1859, the original Marienlyst was built as an inland health resort and was often visited by the kings and princes of Europe. By 1902, the hotel had become too small and the present Marienlyst was built. The Crown Prince - later King Frederik VIII - granted Marienlyst permission to run a casino with cash bets and pay-outs and to use the Royal Crown in its logo.
Until 1990, when the gambling act was passed, Marienlyst was the only casino of its kind in Denmark, and today Marienlyst boasts an international casino that is probably one of the most elegant in Northern Europe, with views over the Öresund Strait to Kronborg Castle and the Swedish coast line.
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