GLADSTONE will be swept with poker fever this weekend, as the 888 Poker League swings into town, carting with it a swag of cash and prizes for local card sharks.
The top Texas Hold' Em players from central and south east Queensland will converge on the harbour city, with the Gladstone Championships getting underway today, a lazy $8000 cash and prizes on offer on both Saturday and Sunday.
Regional manager for Full House and 888 Poker Allan McLauchlan said Saturday's main event at The Reef Hotel, expected to attract 200-220 players, would carry on the momentum from Friday, as the weekend culminated in the grand final event at the Queens Hotel on Sunday afternoon.
"The top five from Saturday get entry to the $100,000 "The Big One II" in Tweed Heads and the top 10 all get entry to the grand final tomorrow at the Queens," he said.
"The grand final on Sunday will be full of the 120 best players from Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba, Dalby, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg."
McLauchlan pointed out that competitors on the weekend would all be on an even footing, with each player starting with the same amount of chips and no extra chips available, with such lucrative prize money and opportunities up for grabs.
Registration for Saturday's event at The Reef Hotel gets underway from 9.30am, with play starting at 11am, with the same times set down for Sunday at the Queens Hotel.