Family Man From Shropshire UK to Go Heads Up Against Evander Holyfield at Poker in the Park Match to be Highlight of Poker in the Park Festival This Week in London

rdp-holyfield-160.jpg31 August 2010 (London, UK) – A poker player from Shropshire, Midlands will play Heads Up against five-time heavyweight boxing champ Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield at Poker in the Park festival to be held in Leicester Square, London this week.

All summer long hosted a Beat the Champ promotion — a series of Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight qualifying poker tournaments leading up to the Heavyweight final table last Sunday.

Leif G. (“GutShotRot”) of Ludlow, Shropshire won the Heavyweight Final and will now sit face to face with one of the greatest boxing legends of all time in a Heads Up match on September 2nd at 19:30 at Poker in the Park.

GutShotRot said his mom taught him Seven-Card Stud and Five-Card Draw when he was only eight. He’s been playing online poker for about six years now and was one of the first players to discover the new site when it launched earlier this year.

“I liked the real cards at RealDealPoker the first time I tried it,” said the player. “It feels more like live games than an RNG site.”

“I used to play every week in the poker pocket pub league at my local pub,” said the player who’s had a few €3000 wins both online and in casinos. “In my first season I scored the highest points ever for the pub. All in all I just love poker!”

“It’s going to be surreal playing against a World Heavy Weight champion. I mean, this guy knocked out Tyson!”

The Midlands father of three owns a cleaning firm in Ludlow, Shropshire. His family and a few mates will accompany him to London’s Leicester Square where he’ll play the champ.

Poker players and boxing fans alike can watch the Heads Up match live either at the Real Deal Poker marquee at Poker in the Park, or online in the Real Deal Poker room itself. The match begins at 19:30 with a prize pool of €2300 split 75/25 between the winner and runner up.

For further information, photos or to request an interview GutShotRot, Evander Holyfield
or founder Gene Gioia please contact:

Jodie Thind
Lyceum Media
+44 (0) 7932440157

Notes to Editors

About Evander Holyfield
American boxer Evander Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 KOs), the five time world heavyweight champion and former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, has earned his place in the boxing Hall of Fame with wins over Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, and Hasim Rahman. The current WBF heavyweight champion also won the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics and is the only boxer to win the World Heavyweight title five times.

About Cut N’ Shuffle Technology’s unique automated shuffling system allows players to see actual cards being shuffled and dealt. Verified and compliant with the strict requirements of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, the poker room’s patented Cut N’ Shuffle system was designed to deter or eliminate the use of bots. It scrambles, shuffles, and deals real decks of cards, digitizes the results, and then translates them to its online poker table games. In addition, the revolutionary system gives online poker players a “cut function” and “burn cards”. It also produces fully audited hand data through its Game Check function.

About Gioia International Limited (
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