Tuesday, 15 July 2008

News from Ladbrokespoker.com


Model and actress Abi Titmuss swaps posing for poker in an unexpected career move

No longer content with just increasing the pulse of the average UK male or treading the boards, Abi Titmuss has also set her sights on becoming a professional poker player as a member of Team Ladbrokes at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP). Currently in Las Vegas, Abi will be taking on Hollywood’s elite at the poker table this week…and all in the name of charity. The blonde bombshell will be playing against the likes of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon at the WSOP, the biggest tournament on the poker calendar. Set against the bright lights of the casino capital, Abi will be donating at least half of her winnings to charity as she plays on behalf of Ladbrokespoker.com, the largest European contingency at the tournament with 120 players.

Abi’s poker face will be tested to the max when she takes part in a charity tournament with a number of big name stars. The ‘Ante Up For Africa’ charity poker tournament is organised by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle and poker star Annie Duke. Last year, the inaugural tournament raised over $700,000 and attracted a selection of Hollywood A-listers including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Sandler as well as sports, television and poker stars from the USA and around the world. At least half of Abi’s winnings will go directly to Ante Up For Africa which provides assistance to the survivors of the crisis’ in Darfur, Sudan and supports activism dedicated to resolving the crisis.

Excited about taking part in the tournament, Abi Titmuss said: “I’ve been playing a lot of poker this year and took part in my first professional tournament, the Ladbrokespoker.com European Ladies Championship, in May. This is my first mixed tournament and whilst it’s going to be pretty nerve-wracking playing against a selection of Hollywood’s finest, I love playing poker and will be trying to give the boys a run for their money!”

Abi will be representing Ladbrokespoker.com alongside six-time World Snooker Champion and fellow teammate Steve Davis and both will be cheering on fellow Ladbrokes players as they compete in the main event of the WSOP. Now in its 39th year, the WSOP sees the world’s top poker players go head to head at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to become the winner of a coveted WSOP 2008 bracelet and take home the top prize of around $8 million. Ladbrokespoker.com is also offering a $1 million bonus to all their team members for first place, to spur them on in the tournament as well as automatic buy-in to the 40th WSOP in 2009 for anyone finishing in the first 100.

Samantha Alleyne, PR Manager for Ladbrokespoker.com said, “We are really excited to have Abi on board representing Ladbrokespoker.com. With over 6,000 participants taking part in the WSOP, Las Vegas is alive during the tournament and Abi will be able to put her poker skills to the test against some of the best in the world.”

For more information on Ladbrokes, log on to www.ladbrokespoker.com and for more information on Ante Up For Africa, log on to http://www.anteupforafrica.org

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