World Poker Exchange (Worldpx.com) today announced plans to partner with Autumn Light Media, L.L.C. to produce the second annual London Open poker tournament. Referred to by Bravo T.V. as "The Wimbledon of British poker," the one-of-a-kind signature lifestyle poker tournament will be held in one of London's most renowned historic properties, the Whitehall Palace, from September 22-27, 2006. CEO of the International Poker Federation, Thomas Kremser, will be the event's tournament director.
The 2006 World Poker Exchange London Open will have a $10,000 buy-in. It is expected to draw 300 players and boast an estimated prize pool of $3 million. Similar to last year, online tournaments will be held exclusively at Worldpx.com, and are expected to begin in June.
The World Poker Exchange London Open 2005 offered a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million and attracted 140 of the poker world's most famous personalities. Players from both the United States and the U.K. participated in the multi-day event, including Phil Laak, Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, Mimi Rogers, and Willie Garson.
The inaugural World Poker Exchange London Open offered distinctive lifestyle wrap-around events for its players and their guests, such as back stage passes to "The Producers" and private tours of the Royal Palace. The series kicked off with an invitation only party for 1,400 attendees featuring performances by the legendary Grace Jones and U.K. rock band Dirty Vegas. The tournament was held in a historic building on the River Thames and was filmed by Bravo T.V., which produced a prime time television special surrounding the event.
"The London Open 2005 showed the poker community just how much more a high stakes poker tournament can be beyond just playing cards and going home. It embodied the lifestyle of a professional poker player and celebrated the spirit of this great game. We will further build upon last year's event and once again offer the best poker tournament in Europe," says Haden Ware, managing director of World Poker Exchange.
"Autumn Light Media looks forward to once again producing this unique, high-profile event in conjunction with World Poker Exchange. We have already received interest from multiple television outlets that would like to cover the event and have once again secured a truly impressive and inspiring location within which to hold the tournament," says John Raczka, president of Autumn Light Media.
Please see World Poker Exchange for further details.