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Caribbean Poker Classic Tournament Launched


Caribbean Poker Classic Tournament LaunchedPoker Plex, one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, has announced a new promotion giving its players the opportunity to win a seat at the Caribbean Poker Classic Tournament.

Poker Plex’s new schedule now includes Caribbean multi table tournaments on a regular basis and players could win a seat in the televised championship to be held in St. Maarten.

The venue for the Caribbean Poker Classic is the Maho Beach Resort, which boasts the largest casino on the island, two freshwater pools, bitcoin roulette  three restaurants, five bars, convention facilities, and a beautiful beachside location.

Qualifyng players will enjoy:

  • Round-trip airfare from within the continental USA or $1500 airfare allowance.
  • Six nights accommodation at the Maho Beach Resort
  • $5,100 championship event buy-in
  • Additional live games and other action-paced tournaments
  • A welcome party and awards banquet


The 2004 Caribbean Poker Classic runs from the 5th – 11th December, and has an estimated prize pool of at least $500,000.


Players can enter the tournaments by downloading the poker room from www.pokerplex.com and logging into Poker Plex. Look for the qualifiers called “caribbean”, in the Multi-Table Tournaments category. The tournaments cost £35 + £3 ($50 + $5). More tournaments with various buy-in levels will be added in the coming weeks.


Gambling Controversy Hits UK Government


UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended plans for a massive shake-up of gambling laws, saying that the vast majority of the changes were aimed at improved regulation and protecting children from gambling.


Mr Blair said 90% of the Gambling Bill published last week was about “better regulation”.


It also paved the way for huge new leisure complexes with Las Vegas-style casinos.


“When this measure goes through, in a few years’ time people will be asking what all the fuss was about,” he said.


“It is very important that we modernise the regulation of gambling for today’s world. Ninety per cent of the Gambling Bill is actually about better regulation, better protection for children, removing slot machines from around 6,000 premises where children might get access to it.


“And in return for that we are giving the power to local authorities to grant planning permission for these larger leisure complexes, including casinos, which will probably add around about 20 to 40 casinos to the 120 that there already are in this country,” he said.


Speaking at his monthly Downing Street press conference Mr Blair said a key aim of the legislation was to keep organised crime out of gambling.


He said the idea that the new casinos would cause problems when gambling was already allowed in Britain was “very far-fetched”.


The Conservatives said they would vote against the reforms. Shadow culture minister John Whittingdale said the Bill opened the door to a wave of US super casinos.


“This is far removed from the original suggestion of a small number of destination casinos in seaside resorts,” he said.


“The Government said the aim of the Bill was to protect children and the vulnerable. We shall oppose the Bill because, as it stands, it clearly does not achieve this.”