Tournament Champ to go Heads Up with Heavy Weight Champ at Poker in the Park

rdp-holyfield-160.jpg28 July 2010 (London, UK) – is giving poker players a chance to go heads up with five-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield during this year’s Poker in the Park festival in London on 2nd September. Holyfield will play the winner of a series of qualifier tournaments to be held at throughout the summer. is the only online poker room to use actual playing cards dealt and shuffled by a machine rather than the usual computerized RNG.

Real Deal Poker’s live “Beat the Champ” game will be a highlight of this year’s Poker in the Park festival, the annual celebration of all things poker held in Leicester Square, London. Thousands will be on hand to see Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield in the game that will be the culmination of summer long tournaments.

Players can work their way up through a series of Lightweight and Middleweight online qualifiers (buy-in starting at €1.60 + .15) or they can buy right into the Heavyweight ring (€100 + 9). The winner of the online final will face Holyfield in London for “Beat the Champ” heads up poker on the felt, where thousands of spectators will be on hand to witness this historic event.

The Heavyweight Final will have a standard payout structure and Real Deal Poker will match the first place prize money. The winner of the heads up match will receive 75% of the total prize purse.

“I’ve played a lot of poker growing up, but not much at this competitive level,” Holyfield commented. “Just like boxing, I will have to train for this fight, just a little differently. Poker is a more of a mental game, and I will be focused, ready and down to my fighting weight for this match.”

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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.

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