When Footballers And Poker Collide
Famous footballers Tomas Brolin, John Carew, Tony Cascarino, Jan Molby, Gerard Pique and Teddy Sheringham have all been seen playing in different poker tournaments around the world. Aside from the growing number of footballers transitioning into poker and online gaming companies sponsoring football teams, an online poker game is strengthening the bond between the two sports by holding a unique team poker event for football fans.
A blog post from Partypoker announced that from February 3 to April 6, the online poker site is holding qualifiers for the Poker Champions Cup, an event filled with exciting activities. Qualifiers will get to travel to the beautiful city of Turin and go to Juventus’ stadium where they will represent their favorite football club in a game of poker.
Fans of Arsenal Football Club, Juventus, Manchester United, Olympique de Marseille, Real Madrid or RSC Anderlecht can defend their clubs and bring home the championship. The Poker Championship Cup experience also includes a Meet & Greet session with some of football’s living legends, here you can take pictures or even play poker with them.
By playing in the poker website’s daily qualifiers, you can have the chance to get your package for free. Aside from the $1,300 event Live Event package, other things up for grabs are: a team shirt, entry to the Poker Champions Cup, 2 nights’ accommodation for two, 2 tickets to a Juventus game, $800 travel and spending money, and VIP hospitality.
The Poker Champions Cup main event will be held on May 3, 2014 where teams consisting of five poker players would compete for various prizes. Similar to a football tournament’s group stage, players will be competing in 5-handed Sit and Go tournaments. The players who triumphs at their respected Sit and Go tourneys will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab and will have the opportunity to play at the final table. Players who will go head to head at the grand final will be vying for the immense $6,000 WPT experience package of their choice.
With all these events planned, the tie between football and poker is sure grow stronger in the years to come.