Fancy a crack at £250k poker tournament? The only catch is you have to be called ‘Dave’

  • Casino wants beginner players named David to take on Goliath.
  • Selected players will be trained by professionals at boot camp.
  • Goliath 2015 offers guaranteed prize pool of £250k.

Beginner poker players have a chance to enhance their skills and earn a share of £250k – as long as they are named ‘Dave’.

Grosvenor Casinos is looking for 12 players with less than two years’ poker experience to send to Goliath 2015 – one of the biggest tournaments in Europe.

The dozen lucky entrants will be sent to a three-day boot camp run by professionals Jeff Kimber and Ellie Biessek to hone their game ahead of the tournament in August.

But there is a catch – players have to have ‘Dave’ or ‘David’ in their first or last name. A Dave Smith, for example, would be welcome, as would a Rebecca Davidson.

The boot camp promises to be “an intensive and truly unique” training programme, ranging from basic plays to advance strategies.

Graduates will receive entry into Goliath 2015 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, which last year attracted 3,394 entries.

The buy-in usually costs £120 but players can qualify live or online for as little as £2.

Last year’s tournament was won by 21-year-old factory worker Ryan Foster, who cashed in £62,120 from the £339,400 prize pool.

Daves or Davids interested in taking on Goliath must complete an entry form before June 26. The 12 players selected will receive a golden poker chip in the mail to let them know they are on the way.


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