PostHeaderIcon India gets its very own Poker Tour

This summer, Indians will be getting a taste of tournament poker as the India Poker Tour hits the sub-continent. It seems that poker really is taking over the world as it reaches the furthest flung corners of the earth. Card games and betting have always been popular in India, so it stands to reason that poker would be a hit in the country of exotic flavours and sacred cows.

Organised by the same team who ran the Asia Poker Classic, with the final held last year in Goa, the India Poker Tour is set to boost the game’s popularity in one of the most populous countries in the world.

The main events will be held between September and November, with preliminary events beginning in June 2008. The tour will consist of four rounds, to be held in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Goa.

A Poker School will feature as part of the tour, to encourage new players to learn the game and take part, and to impart tips to all players. Tournament games will be broadcast live on TV.

Both Indian and overseas players will compete for the title and a share of the $1 million prize pool.

Last year’s Asian Poker Classic was a big success, creating a huge buzz and prompting many people to take up the game. The tournament was won by a Danish player, although an Indian man, with just a few months’ poker experience under his belt, won third prize.

Organisers of the India Poker Tour are already advertising the tour under the slogan ‘4 Cities, 4 Champions, 1 Grand champion’. The tour is expected to attract some of the world’s best poker players.

Goa, where the final will be held, is the only state in India to have legal casinos. This beach paradise and popular holiday destination was also the setting for last year’s APC final. Online gambling is not illegal in India, but neither is it regulated. Organizers hope to promote the game across India and educate people about poker.

Potential players can win a seat in the tournament by entering satellite games online at several poker online sites. This is a great opportunity to participate in a world-class poker tour and to see the wonders that India has to offer.

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PostHeaderIcon UK Poker boot camp

Sky poker takes players on an intensive training weekend, to help create new online champions

Boot camp conjures images of young lads being hauled out of bed at 6 in the morning to run cross country before breakfast, supervised by a strict army major type.

The poker boot camp, run by Sky Poker, will provide intensive training for poker players from across the UK, but will miss out on the early morning runs.

Accepting new and improving poker players, Sky poker’s boot camp-style weekend provides both the fundamentals of poker play and an insight into the game by top professionals who will talk about their own experiences – this is a great opportunity to talk with the pros.

For two days in March, 60 participants will be put through their paces and given a short, sharp apprenticeship in poker skills. Training will involve lectures, live games, workshops and ask-the-expert sessions. Topics will cover basic rules, betting amounts, table position and bluffing plus tournament etiquette, bankroll management and table image. Poker mentors will teach their protégés what not to do at the poker table, which is equally as important as what they should do and when.

On hand throughout the weekend to impart their wisdom and share their skills will be poker pros Tony ‘Tikay’ Kendall and Kara Scott, as well as the Sky Poker team.

The Saturday night tournament will pit the boot camp participants against each other and the professionals.

Poker boot camp intends to equip players with the skills to win, and the ability to apply what they learn at Boot Camp back in the real (or virtual) world of poker.

If your poker skills need brushing up, Boot Camp will take place on March 8 – 9th in Bristol and costs £250.

The intensive weekend will be rounded off with an awards ceremony, to reward those who show the most improvement in their game.

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