On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of April 2005
April 29, 2005 - The blurb asks "Are actors better bluffers or will the poker professionals sweep the celebrities in the high stakes game of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em?" in a press release this week. The question will be answered when GSN premieres Poker Royale: Celebrities vs. Poker Pros, a seven-episode U.S. TV series debuting as part of GSN's weekly Casino Night, Friday, May 6 at 9:00PM ET/PT.
April 29, 2005 - Poker Media Group has launched Bikini Poker.com which has a distinctly masculine appeal with plenty of pin-up girls - but only play for free at present. The site opens with a freeroll tournament series that will award the winner the latest Apple iPod. The first of this series of daily freerolls commences on April 29, and culminates in the monthly freeroll final.
April 29, 2005 - The 2nd Annual College Poker Championship is coming to an end for 2005. May 8th is the final day for students from around the world to register and compete for the title of the Worlds Best College No Limit Texas Holdem Poker Player. Right now, more than 25,000 students from more than 2,300 campuses are battling it out for the title and their share of the $135,000 prize pool.
April 29, 2005 - Judging by reports from a number of reliable sources this week it seems that the Party Poker vs Poker Now issue is to end with the disappearance of the latter.
April 29, 2005 - LA resident Tuan Le is the new World Poker Tour champion, taking home $2.9 million after 7 tough hours at the Bellagio tables in what has become the world's most expensive poker tournament, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
April 29, 2005 - Whats the dream of any dedicated poker player? A seat at the World Series of Poker! Bodog Poker , rapidly becoming the largest brand in online gambling and entertainment, will help players live their dream throughout the month of May. Every day in May players competing in Bodogs WSOP qualifying tournaments will have a chance to win a seat to the World Series of Poker taking place July 7th in Las Vegas.
April 22, 2005 - The seemingly insatiable demand for all things poker found another outlet this week with the launch of the latest Nintendo DS system game titled World Championship of Poker: Deluxe series.
April 22, 2005 - 31 online poker rooms on the Prima Poker network provided plenty of action and $250 bounties in a promo involving the network's signature professionals, The Hendon Mob last week.
April 22, 2005 - An independent report for 888.com, the world's number one online casino and poker room, reveals the top ten personality traits needed to become the ultimate poker player. Based on a report compiled by Dr Mark Griffiths - Europe's only professor of gambling and member of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham University, 888.com unveils the celebrities that do and don't have what it takes to be a poker millionaire based on the findings of the report. Dr Griffiths' identifies the top ten traits as follows:
April 22, 2005 - Lou Krieger renowned author, poker authority and television host of Vegas Virgins, just launched a new poker blog giving poker enthusiasts and armatures direct access to Lous views on poker trends, information about upcoming events, and his invaluable tips for playing poker. Visitors are welcome to leave comments and interact with Lou on the site. You can view Kriegers new blog here: http://loukrieger.blogspot.com/.
April 22, 2005 - Latest study from the Research and Markets organization continues to paint a rosy picture of the online poker business:
April 22, 2005 - The biggest cash prize in any sporting event just got bigger. Full Tilt Poker announces "Main Event Mania"(tm), the richest poker giveaway ever. With the World Series of Poker only two months away, Full Tilt Poker ups the ante by announcing an unprecedented $10 million giveaway. By qualifying for the WSOP Championship on www.fulltiltpoker.com and then winning the Main Event, Full Tilt Poker will award the first place winner an additional $10 million cash prize.
April 22, 2005 - BoDog Poker has released odds on the upcoming World Poker Tour Championship .
April 8, 2005 - Press reports from the USA reveal that the Travel Channel has exercised its option early by announcing that it will broadcast the fourth season of the World Poker Tour (WPT) which airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm ET/PT.
April 8, 2005 - Poker prizes just keeping getting bigger and better, it appears from the most recent announcement by Full Tilt Poker.com. The US company has launched the richest poker giveaway ever just two months prior to the World Series of Poker with an unprecedented $10 million promo.
April 8, 2005 - From a sportsbook that knows a thing or two about male fantasies comes the most alluring proposition yet. Its every poker players dream to play in the World Series of Poker , and thats why PlayersOnly Poker, is offering a coveted seat at pokers Big Dance.
April 8, 2005 - Bodog Poker , rapidly becoming the largest brand in online gambling and entertainment, is proud to sponsor the Celebrity Poker Shootout at the 2nd Annual Treasure Island-Las Vegas Casino Night benefiting the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. The event will take place next Thursday, April 14th at the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30pm.
April 8, 2005 - CelebPoker are delighted to announce the first details of the £120,000 Palm Beach CelebPoker Classic 2005 .
April 2, 2005 - Royal City Poker announces its much anticipated grand opening is scheduled for May 21, 2005. RoyalCityPoker.com created a major buzz in the online poker industry when it announced its free World Series of Poker promotions and satellites tournaments. Online poker players have been raving about how easy and inexpensive it is to qualify for this years World Series of Poker by playing at Royal City Poker.
April 2, 2005 - Asian portals are the target for new poker software developed by CYOP Systems International, according to a press release this week.
April 2, 2005 - Starting today, twenty-five iPod minis will be given away as part of College Poker Championships search for the worlds best college No Limit Texas Holdem poker player. The Lucky Draw contest starts today and ends April 30, with the drawing being held on May 3, 2005.
April 2, 2005 - Gamblers will soon be able to play poker against their favorite horse racing presenters and pundits in special tournaments featured both online and on the At The Races television channel.
April 2, 2005 - The ultra cool Absolut Vodka site has added some fun money entertainment with an online poker game, but for some reason the company was reluctant to disclose the identity of the provider despite repeated requests this week.