Ascot Gold Cup set to send one player on an action packed poker trip
So last week we told you how PokerStars players could take part in The Big Race, a cross promotional thing between PokerStars and BetStars. At stake was a PokerStars Festival package worth at least $2,000, or some free BetStars bets.
Well we're a step closer to giving out those prizes, with 14 players from the Big Race waiting to see if they're on their way to a PokerStars Festival.
All of that though depends on the last stage of the promotion, with each player's chances dependant on the outcome of a special sweepstake featuring the runners in this year's Ascot Gold Cup, the bell for which rings at 4.20pm UK time today.
The 14 players (that's one for each horse entered into the Gold Cup) were entered into the draw having played The Big Race - a $2 Royal Ascot-themed poker tournament last Sunday on PokerStars.com.
The player whose horse wins the Gold Cup will win an action-packed poker holiday to PokerStars Festival Lille, Dublin or Bucharest. Finish second, third, and fourth place will be good for free BetStars sports book bets.
Right now the favourite to take one of British racing's biggest prizes is Order of St George with odds of 10/11, followed by Big Orange at 13/2 and Simple Verse at 8/1. You can place your own bet on Royal Ascot with BetStars.
Check back here later today for details of the winners. For now, best of luck to each of our 14 finalists.
And the winner is...
Tony Rogers, 45, from Burgess Hill near Brighton, UK. His horse "Big Orange" crossed the line ahead of pre-race favourite Order of St George.
"I'm a bit speechless!", said Rogers. "It was such a close call, I think I need to go lie down! But this is the biggest win I've had playing poker, so it's great."
Rogers picked PokerStars FEstival Lille as the winner's package, which runs from July 15-23. That means his shot at the €500,000 prize pool cost him just $2.
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