U.K. Open first stop on NPL world tour

Palace Guards at Buckingham Palace, London
First London, then the world for NPL.

The National Poker League (NPL) is kicking off its 2007 world tour with its first-ever U.K. Open, hosted by the famed Loose Cannon Club in London, England.

Set to begin August 12, the U.K. Open will be all Texas Hold'em, with multiple tiers of open play leading to a final £2,500 buy-in event ending August 18. The prize pool is expected to be about £500,000, with a silver-plated NPL U.K. Open Cup also handed out to the winner.

The inaugural U.K. Open is also just the first stop on a five-city NPL 2007 World Circuit Tour that will hit Monte Carlo, Manila and Toronto before a big Vegas Open finale in early December 2007.

Along the way, the NPL will be filming the action and producing 26 television episodes to be broadcast in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America. All one-hour episodes will be in high definition and will feature player interviews, tips and other useful information for poker players and fans.

"We are extremely pleased that the Loose Cannon Club has partnered with the NPL to host our first international televised poker tournament in Europe," said Sam Riddle, president of NPL's television division.

If you're looking to play in the U.K. Open, you'll have to pre-register, which you can do online or at the Loose Cannon Club. English law also requires non-club members to pre-register at least 48 hours prior to participating.

All players and VIP guests will also be invited to a charity event at the club to be held on Thursday, August 16. The party will feature a silent auction of NPL and sponsor gifts, with all money raised to go to the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

For all the details or to pre-register, visit NPL World Cup Schedule Set

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