Dexter Fletcher and Jason Flemyng, two of the stars of Guy Ritchie’s gangster flick Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, joined PokerStars Team Pros at the Hippodrome in London’s Leicester Square for the unveiling of the PokerStars Live card room, launching the room in style with a champagne reception and double free roll event.
The first event of the launch was a media charity bounty tournament which featured the poker-enthusiastic stars from the screen cult classic and was won by Jamie Klinger, publishing manager at ShortList Media, who walked away with a nice prize of £3,000. He then charitably donated the prize to sub-group of CLIMB, CAH, to contribute towards research into Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.
Then came the feature event of the launch which offered a seat in the European Poker Tour Main Event, worth £5,000, to the invited poker professionals. This was won by former European Poker Tour London winner, David Vamplew.
Also new for PokerStars is the female team member added to their repertoire of pros in the form of Barcelona beauty Leo Margets. The Spaniard proudly took her place in the rare position of solid employment in the poker world after striking up a deal to become the latest Team Pro at PokerStars, and now joins Juan Manual Pastor as Spanish representative as the company possibly looks to promote the PokerStars brand in Spain.
Margets joins a host of female professional poker players currently forming part of the PokerStars Pro Team including Victoria Coren and Liv Boeree. Both of the female Brits partook in the launch event of the PokerStars Live poker room earlier this week, alongside Triple Crown winner Jake Cody.
The Hippodrome in London, which boasts the title of Britain’s biggest casino, reopened last year following extensive refurbishment and now looks better than ever. And now, with a partnership with PokerStars, the venue is sure to host some of the most exciting poker events in the U.K. as the British poker scene continues to heat up.