Great British Poker Tour Signs On Jamie Gold and Others

22nd October, 2007

Five of the worlds most entertaining and infamous poker players have signed on to play in the Great British Poker Tour Grand Final at the Gala Casino Habourside in Bristol. The week long competition, kicking off on November 5th will include the $12 million golden boy from the 2006 World Series of Poker, Jamie Gold. Also signed onto play are Antonio Esfandiari (2004 Poker Classic champ), Robert Williamson III (whose winnings are close to $2 million), and poker super couple Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly who are set to raise the bar this year.

Aside from the sheer excitement of the quality of play that is expected this year from these five, perhaps their tableside manner is what local amateur players are most thrilled to witness firsthand. Gold is known at the poker table for his jovial chatter and his uncanny ability to pull bluffs. Esfandiari, a former magician, is always entertaining during play, and Williamson has a reputation for always being one of the friendliest poker players at the table. Although these certainly are the players to watch, one shouldnt overlook the fact that these Americans will face some swift local amateurs as well as European champions. According to GBPT Tournament Director Thomas Kremser, this should make for an interesting tournament this year:

"So far in the GBPT we've seen a really high standard of poker from local amateurs holding their own against UK and European pro-players. It'll be a fascinating contest to see what drama will unfold with these star names of World Poker in the frame. For aspiring poker players, it simply doesn't get any better than this!" All five players will be competing for the GBPT Grand Final Title prize pool which is currently at 500,000-but is estimated to grow to 650,000 throughout the competition week from a variety of side games.

For more information about the event, visit the Great British Poker Tour main site.

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