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Goa to Host Inaugural Asian Poker Classic

India's resort state of Goa will be hosting the country's largest professional tournament to date on Thursday, March 8, 2007. The event will see up to 150 poker players vying to get a share of the million-dollar prize pool.

The inaugural Asian Poker Classic is organized by online gaming site The organizer is expecting many online poker players to play alongside real-time poker players.

The poker tournament will feature the most popular variant of poker, Texas Hold'em. This type of poker allows many betting rounds per hand, which brings the pot to stellar heights and also encourages bluffing.

The Asian Poker Classic gives the players their money's worth by providing them with package hotel rooms along with other perks. Buy-in for the tournament can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

Goa, one of the foremost tourist destinations in India, legalized gambling years ago, following in the footsteps of Macau. Goa was the only Indian state to make this move.

Goa is home to Carvella, a famous floating casino which traverses the Mandovi River and is usually packed after sundown.

In 2006, it was reported that Goa received 600 chartered flights from Europe. This year, there are 800 booked flights.


03/22/2007, Thursday
Matthew Dorst

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