Sports fans love it when there is a chance to see so many of their big name stars and heroes in the one place. For sports like football, tournaments like the Champions League are hugely exciting because they bring the best teams and the best players from around Europe into the one main competition. This is the sort of event that gets fans interested, which means that it gets TV companies interested. They then start the hype machine and before you know it, the Champions League has become the biggest sporting event in the world, probably even eclipsing the excitement and drama that comes along with the world cup.
There is a lot to be gained from having these major events and it is not just football that can benefit from it. If there is one man that understands the power of publicity and the different TV can make to a sport, it is Barry Hearn. Hearn made snooker one of the biggest sports in the world and he has had huge success in the darts and boxing arena too. This means he has his finger on the pulse when it comes to creating events that people want to know about and it seems as though Hearn is making his way into poker.
Poker is the big thing at the moment
This makes perfect sense for him because poker is huge at the moment and he is not the sort of businessman that is going to let a massive opportunity pass him by without at least trying for success. This is behind the first ever World Snooker Championship Poker event which has just been announced by the Grosvenor Casino. The event takes place in conjunction with Barry Hearn and the Matchroom Sport banner. Some of the biggest names in professional snooker will be taking part in the event which is billed as a £500+£50 No Limit Hold ‘Em poker event.
There will also be a lot of good coming from the event in the fact that a large pot of money will make its way to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. It has been announced that half of the registration fees collected from every player and a whopping 10% of the total prize pool will be donated to charity. This is definitely a great outcome and something that should make sure that this event is even more highly anticipated than it would have been if it was a standard event.
As you would expect from such a major event, there will be a number of brilliant prizes on offer. One of the most enticing prizes will be a direct entry into the £200,000 GTD Goliath. However, if you are coming at this event from a snooker angle as opposed to purely being all about the poker, there is a big incentive for you to get involved. One of the prizes for the event is a VIP table for 10 people which will see you gain entry into the very exclusive closing party for the World Snooker Championship. You’ll be going snooker loopy at the thought of winning this prize!
The event takes place on the 5th and 6th of May 2013 with a 12pm start time each day. The event will carry a £500+£50 buy-in and the structure for the event will follow the standard GUKPT two day event structure. There looks set to be a number of qualifiers for the event taking place over the next month so there will be a strong opportunity for players to get involved if they desire. The event takes place at the G Casino in Sheffield.