Estimated €1.5 Million Belgium Poker Championship Set to Attract Huge Numbers

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€1,500 buy-in five-day televised event this November aims for 1,000 players; satellites, Omaha, and ladies event complete festival line-up.

The fourth annual €1,500 + €150 buy-in Belgium Poker Championship, being held at Casino de Namur, Belgium from Nov. 13 to 23, 2008 is expecting to beat last year's field of 842 players by attracting a field of 1,000 and creating an estimated €1.5 million prize pool.

Last year the €1 million guaranteed tournament which was won by Jamel Maistriaux from Belgium who took home €300,092 for his victory over a field which included Lex Veldhuis, Mickey Finn, Michiel Brummelhuis, and Haim Kakoun.

The main event takes place over nine days:

Nov. 15: Day 1A
Nov. 16: Day 1B
Nov. 17: Day 1C
Nov. 18: Day 1D
Nov. 19: Day 2A (Remaining players from Day 1A + 1B)
Nov. 20: Day 2B (Remaining players from Day 1C + 1D)
Nov. 21: Day 3 (Remaining players from Day 2A + 2B)
Nov. 22: Day 4
Nov. 23: Day 5 (Final Table)

Players can qualify for the tournament in a variety of ways.

Casino de Namura satellites: €55 + €15 unlimited rebuys for first hour + add on each Tuesday at 20:00 (CET) and Saturday and Sunday at 14:30 (CET)

Casino de Spa satellites: €55 + €15 unlimited rebuys for first hour + add on each Thursday at 20:00 (CET)

Online qualification: Players can qualify for a through a wide variety of low buy-in tournaments at Unibet, Winamax, T6-poker, Poker770 and Chilipoker

Alternatively players can visit CircusPoker.be to register online, email Kenny Hallaert at kh@circuspoker.be or call +32 (0) 476 80 65 35 to register by telephone.

The Belgium Poker Championship also hosts a number of side events each day at 1 p.m. including (all events are no-limit hold'em freezeouts unless otherwise stated):

Nov. 15: €200+20 (satellite for main event day 1B)
Nov. 16: €100+20 rebuy (satellite for main event day 1C)
Nov. 17: €300+20 (satellite for main event day 1D)
Nov. 19: €200+10 pot-limit Omaha freezeout
Nov. 20: €100+10 rebuy (satellite for 1050+80€ event on Saturday Nov. 22)
Nov. 21: €300+10
Nov. 22: €1050+80 (two-day tournament)
Nov. 22: €100+10 ladies only freezeout (start at 7 p.m.)
Nov. 23: €500+10

The main event will be filmed for broadcast, details of which will be announced soon. Hold'em and Omaha cash games will also be available during the festival.

Players can book a package costing €2,500 which includes one ticket for the main event, seven nights in the hotel which is in the same building of the casino, seven breakfast, seven evening meals + one bottle of wine, and 70 drinks vouchers.

A second player can share a room with an already booked in player for €2,200 and receive the same package. Players can also bring a friend or partner for €899 which includes seven nights in the hotel, seven breakfast, seven evening meals, and 70 drinks vouchers.

For further information please contact Kenny Hallaert at kh @ circuspoker.be or call +32 (0) 476 80 65 35.

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