Poker elite to play Great British Poker Tour

The New Champion!
Poker's golden boy will be making an appearance on the Great British Poker Tour.

Five of the world's most well-known poker players have signed on to play in the Great British Poker Tour Grand Final.

Jamie Gold, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly and Robert Williamson III have all set their sights on achieving GBPT greatness during the conclusion of the poker tour, which takes place at the Gala Casino Harbourside, Bristol, Nov. 5-11.

"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," said GBPT Tournament Director Thomas Kremser. "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!"

Although very different players, all five of the contenders are making the journey from their residences in the United States and their presence should provide a provocative storyline for the tournament.

Gold is best known for taking down the biggest prize in poker tournament history when he won $12 million at the 2006 WSOP. The Hollywood agent is known at the poker tables for his constant chatter and relentless bluffs.

Esfandiari came to fame by winning the 2004 Poker Classic in L.A. Formerly a professional magician, Esfandiari is always entertaining at the poker table. One of Esfandiari's best friends is Laak, another one of poker's more eccentric players. Laak is currently dating Hollywood actress Tilly, who plays a decent poker game herself. In 2005 Tilly won the ladies event at the WSOP and took home a gold bracelet.

Williams is considered one of poker's friendliest characters but don't let that fool you. He has amassed close to $2 million at the poker table and is no donkey.

All five players will be competing for GBPT Grand Final title with an estimated prize pool of £500,000. With side games included the prize pool will be bumped up to a massive £650,000 across the week.

Although there are a number of qualifiers that are being offered players can also buy-in directly to the main event for £2,500.

For more information about the GBPT main event visit the organization's Web site at

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