Great British Poker Tour with Phil Tufnel and Gala Casinos

1st October, 2007

Phil Tufnel who used to be a very well-known England Test cricketer will now be the face of the Great British Poker Tour, which is to be aired on ITV4 from October 4th.

GBPT is hosted by Alex Jones, it consists of 12 shows, an hour long each. The tour has already done Edinburgh, Teesside, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Leeds and discovered a great number of national poker talents. The tour is planned to conclude in the Bristol final in the beginning of November.

Famous poker professional Simon Aces Trumper and the former test cricketer, will both be commenting throughout the series to bring you the professional opinion together with entertaining commentaries.

Every show will give viewers a chance to see the participants cards, with the use of under-table cameras. Every show featured on ITV will provide an in-depth coverage of the final round of each Festival to follow closely the development of the game and discover who will be the winner of 500,000 Grand Final. Inexperienced players will try their luck challenging the seasoned pros and celebrities, including Michelle Heaton of Liberty-X, Doug Henshall of ITV1s Primeval, Norman Pace from comedy duo Hale & Pace.

Tufnell himself admitted to be looking forward to this experience I am really excited to be involved with the GBPT. Ive really got into poker recently and I try and play as much as I can. Poker really is a game that anyone can learn. Ive entered several tournaments in the past and not done too badly. I even released a DVD last year to teach people how to play so hopefully I can bring my knowledge and experience of the game to the viewers.

Trumper added to this: Viewers will be amazed at the standard of play. There's some very dramatic hands which make for great television.

David Fewings, ITV Chaannel Controller, had this to say on the subject: Were looking forward to having The Great British Poker Championship on ITV4 this autumn. The popularity of poker is growing every day and Im sure this will be a fantastic contest.

There is still time to participate in the tour to have a chance to get to final in Bristol, in the Gala Casino Harbourside to get a piece of 650,000 prize money and the title of Great Casino Harbourside

The Gala Coral Group is the leading integrated gaming company throughout Europe as well as UKs largest private company. Coral at the moment is demonstrating most rapid growth between all the bookmakers in UK and is now in charge of 1,550 retail outlets. Gala Bingo is the market leader with 170 clubs which give them 32 million admissions.

It is indeed very exciting that Gala is helping to organize the event as their expertise and knowledge of the market and the customers should be very helpful.

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