24 Hour Pokathon at the Vic
The Victoria Casino in London, one of the biggest venues in the UK and Europe for poker, has announced a 24 hour poker charity event in aid of St John's Hospice. The card room recently announced it would be going 24 hours a day, seven days a week and this event will see a poker tournament start every four hours. The pokathon will be on Thursday 7th of May until Friday 8th and the schedule looks like this:
Thursday 7th May
8pm - £100 + £20 NL Hold'em Rebuy
Friday 8th May
12am - £100 + £20 NL Hold'em Freezeout
4am - £50 + £10 NL Hold'em Freezeout
8am - £50 + £10 NL Hold'em Freezeout
12pm - £50 + £10 NL Hold'em Freezeout
4pm - £100 + £20 NL Hold'em Freezeout
All registration fees will be donated to St John's Hospice.
The winners of all six of these tournaments will compete in a six person single table tournament, where the winner will bag a seat into the prestigious £100,000 GUKPT Champion of Champions tournament. The pokathon will also see the opening of the new VIP poker room for high stakes action, with table charges from those games also being being donated to the charity.
Party Poker Hosts Million Dollar May Rake Race
Party Poker have announced a rake race for the month of May where 3000 players will share more than $1,000,000. The leader board winner will receive $20,000 and an elite WSOP® package worth $20,000, with everyone else winning cash AND tickets to freeroll and sub qualifiers to the main event. The top three players get an elite WSOP package and then the rest of the top ten will get cash, plus a $5,500 Vegas Experience package which includes loads of entertainment, hotel and a $1,500 WSOP event of their choice.
Not only that, but the lucky 50th, 100th, 300th. 500th 750th and 1000th players on the leader board will also win a $5,500 package on top of their cash. If you are in the top 5000 it will be noted in your Party Account and it will be updated at least once an hour.
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: "This promotion is simple - the more Race Points you earn the higher up in the leaderboard you climb and the more cash and prizes you can win. We are under starters' orders and off for our biggest ever rake race this Friday. The race has great prizes from 1st through to 3000th!"
ITV Poker Closing
It may come as a surprise to a lot of you that there was an ITV Poker in the first place, but the top commercial UK TV channel did indeed have a poker room, which is now closing its doors. It was effectively a skin on Party Poker and anyone wishing to continue playing there can do so on the main network. No blaming the credit crunch this time and we assume it was just a lack of marketing/interest that led to its demise. It's quite odd, however, that a channel that has historically opposed promoting gambling chose to have a skin on a poker network in the first place, which probably explains a thing or two.