Betfair Poker Players Will Challenge for Montreux Showdown

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Players can qualify online for the Showdown Poker Tour at Betfair Poker.

Betfair Poker is offering online satellites to the Showdown Poker Tour at the Casino de Montreux on February 1.

Satellites cost from as little as $8.80, giving players the chance to win a $9,000 package to the event. This includes the €5,550 to enter plus $1,750 to cover flights, accommodation and spending money. Seats are limited to 100 players.

Boutique events are becoming increasingly popular and Montreux's prime location on Lake Geneva has some players packing their ski gear.

"The ski slopes are nearby so the on-tilt players may find themselves off-piste if they make an early exit," said Betfair's Head of Poker Ben Fried.

The event is expected to attract some of Europe's top poker pros who are looking for smaller fields with a "player-friendly" structure close to home.

The event will be televised and broadcast across Europe.

For further information please contact: Oliver Bowen, 02088348318, or visit

Notes to editors:

1. The original Casino de Montreux was burnt to the ground in 1971 following a Frank Zappa and the Mothers concert - a fan's flare gun was to blame. A member of Deep Purple was present at the fire which inspired the band's international hit "Smoke on the Water". The casino was reopened in 1975.

2. Qualification routes on Betfair Poker:

  • Level 1 Satellites

Daily Turbo satellites ($8 + $0.80) held at 1:10pm, 4:10pm and 6:10pm (GMT)

These feed into the daily Level 2 satellite. There is one place up for grabs for every 5.5 players in the Level 1 satellite.

  • Level 2 Satellites

Daily Turbo satellite ($40 + $4) held at 7:55pm (GMT)

This feeds into the weekly satellite final where a full $9,000 package is guaranteed. There is one final seat for every 8 players.

  • Satellite Final

Weekly satellite final every Thursday ($300 + $20) at 9:30pm (GMT)

One $9,000 package is guaranteed.


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