LONDON (PRESS RELEASE) -- On Friday, Aug. 16, the poker world saw revolutionary new staking company Stake Me To Play launch with a bang.
The glitzy launch event, held at Aspers Casino at Westfield Stratford City, saw hundreds of people turn up to celebrate the company's official beginning. The VIP guest list was made up of the crème de la crème of the poker community –- industry and media experts, as well as professional poker players with an interest in being staked.
In particular, there was immense variety in the players who attended. Pros of all levels made an appearance, from micro-stakes grinders all the way to famous tournament sharks, including Paul "The Marbella Kid" Zimbler.
Stake Me To Play's celebratory freeroll tournament swiftly got underway at 10 p.m. Seats for the tournament had been highly sought after, and play was jovial but fierce in a field of 60 extremely talented players. After a good few hours, the freeroll was eventually won by Brandon Sheils from Birmingham. Claiming the incredible first prize of a £5,000 seat to EPT London, Sheils will go on to represent Stake Me To Play in October.
Sheils, whose favorite players are Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Jake Cody, described the win as "an amazing experience."
"I can’t wait to play in the EPT London and take down the pros,” said Sheils, 18, who is due to start studying math at Birmingham University in September.
Having played card games since the age of 8, Brandon will now benefit from Stake Me To Play's world class training program. He will receive coaching from the likes of Jared Tendler and other top strategists in order to help him prepare for the biggest tournament of his life.
"A huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it such a special night," said operations director Paul Conroy-Frost. "I'm delighted so many people turned out to show their support for Stake Me to Play, and we're all really excited for the future too."
With the fun and triumphant atmosphere lasting well into the early hours, it was certainly a night to remember. Everyone who attended would surely agree that the event was the perfect beginning for Stake Me To Play, and now all that's left is for them to go on and make their mark on the poker world.
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