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Tuesday, 28th April 2009
In Japan Entertainment News,

Poker players gear up for Japanese championship

Around 1,000 people are expected to take part in the All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC), which begins next month.

The top prize is an AJPC bracelet and a $10,000 (£6,860) buy-in to the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Ichiro Tanioka, chairman of the Japan Poker Association, said the game is growing in popularity in Japan, although it still does not generate the same level of enthusiasm and participation as in the west.

"Because not enough Japanese have experience with taking risks, many people went too far during the bubble and gambled their way to ruin," he told Metropolis Magazine.

AJPC qualifiers take place from May 9th to 10th, with 400 seats up for grabs on both days. Walk-ins will be welcomed, however a spot is not assured.

In related news, royal Zara Phillips was among the celebrities to attend a charity poker tournament in Monaco yesterday (April 27th).

Written by Mike Cotgreave