Poker Olympics Comes To London

Poker Olympics Comes To LondonThe 2012 Olympic Games is currently taking place in London, but featured amongst the 26 sports consisting of multiple disciplines, poker is nowhere to be found.
Chess, too, although officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a sport has found no place in the competition and so the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has been organizing its own biennial Chess Olympiad since 1924. Now, the UK poker community and Bluff Europe are preparing to host their own version of the Poker Olympic this September, known as the London Poker Festival. As it explains on the organization’s website :
“Because they refuse to have poker in the Olympics, the UK poker community, galvanized by Bluff Europe Magazine, has decided to hold its very own “pokerlympics” throughout the month of September.”
This year’s festival will have over £1 million in prize money up for grabs, spread across roughly 80 events including the Unibet Open, the LCI UK Poker Tour, the GUKPT and English Poker Open. In addition to the on the felt action, other events taking place as part of the festivities include live music, parties, shows and a poker academy. In addition, a star-studded ceremony honouring outstanding members of the poker community, known as the British Poker Awards, will take place with last years winners including Jason Mercier (Best International Player), Sam Trickett (Best Cash Player), and Chris Moorman (Best Online Player).
Commenting on the festivities to come, Editor-in-Chief of Bluff Europe, Michael Caselli, said: “The London Poker Festival is a unique celebration of the London poker community, which is the best in the world. By putting on this very special schedule of events, we want to give something back to the poker community while at the same time positioning London as a major poker destination to the rest of the world.

Other news:   Multi-state online poker compact bill introduced in Pennsylvania

Poker News
Matt Waxman Claims 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions Title
28 May 2018
The WPT Tournament of Champions (TOC) is an invitational only tournament consisting of past WPT champions, who can enter the competition for $15k if they wish, or this season’s winners, who automatically receive a free seat, airfare and hotel accommodations through to the end of season finale. The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions subsequently
MSPT Hosts Largest Poker Tournament in Michigan History
26 May 2018
Mark Brazis has won the biggest poker tournament in Michigan state history after besting a field of 1,287 runners over four days at the $1,100 MSPT Battle Creek for $221,323. The Indiana resident had just $31,264 in winnings from three cashes going into the MSPT Main Event, and after claiming his famous victory, the 36-year-old
Valentin Vornicu Wins Record 12th WSOP Circuit Title
16 May 2018
Valentin Vornicu, has extended his lead over Maurice Hawkins as the World Series of Poker Circuit’s top title holder after winning a 12th ring at the WSOPC Harrah’s New Orleans $365 No Limit Hold’em event. Furthermore, Vornicu’s latest victory worth $24,084 comes just one day after he won a record 11th ring at the $365
Phil Ivey Takes Down Short Deck Event in Montenegro for $605k
14 May 2018
Phil Ivey may not be a regular on the tournament scene anymore, preferring instead to devote his time to playing high stakes cash games in Asia, but when the former world number one does get round to entering a live tourney he continues to represent a huge threat in the eyes of his opponents. Of