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Chris Moneymaker, Darren Elias, and Matt Berkey To Attend Texas’ First-Ever $1 Million Guaranteed Poker Tournament.


Houston, TX  (April 9, 2021) Champions Poker Club’s Lone Star Poker Spring Series is getting even bigger and better. In addition to providing players with $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools and the state’s first $1 million guaranteed tournament, Champions Poker Club has partnered with Above the Felt Entertainment® to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will see Chris Moneymaker, Darren Elias, and Matt Berkey to compete in the Inaugural Texas State $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event.

Moneymaker, Elias, and Berkey will partake in unique fan engagements, and also spend time playing and commentating on the Champions Poker Club live stream games.

“I’m thrilled to break out of my ‘live poker retirement’ for the Lone Star Poker Series Main Event,” said Chris Moneymaker. “Creating unique poker experiences is something that is very important to me and that feeling is shared by the entire Above the Felt team. We are very much looking forward to engaging with the community at Champions Poker Club for a spectacular series.”

“It’s always fun to meet and play with new people within the poker community, and I’m positive that Chris, Matt, and I will have a great time at the Lone Star Poker Series,” said Darren Elias. “I think poker in Texas is going to be a big movement and this event is just the beginning. I’m looking forward to coming down and competing.”

“The state of Texas has a strong hold on its place in poker history, and it’s truly great to see the game continue to grow in the region,” said Matt Berkey. “I can’t wait to compete in this event and help showcase all that Texas poker has to offer.”

The Lone Star Poker Series commences April 15, 2021, and runs through May 3. The $1 million guaranteed Main Event kicks off April 27 and has a buy-in of $1,300 with five starting flights.

“It is our pleasure to partner with Above the Felt for this historic tournament,” said Kim Stone, founder of the Lone Star Poker Series. “The Lone Star Poker Spring Series is home to the state’s first-ever $1 million guaranteed poker tournament. The series boasts more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools across 19 events and we look forward to welcoming players of all levels to Champions Poker Club.”

Champions Poker Club is located in Houston, Texas. The venue was co-founded by some of the most prominent figures in the industry, including the Godfather of Poker himself, Doyle Brunson, 15-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth, three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Dewey Tomko, and gaming veterans Roy Choi and Jieho Lee. Together, the powerful team aims to show the world “How Champions Do Poker.”

“Poker in Texas, and specifically in Houston, is booming and only going to continue to grow,” said Roy Choi, co-founder of Champions Poker Club. “Through our strategic partnership with Above the Felt, we hope to accelerate the game’s growth and our offering to players as we expand our footprint in the region. Innovative experiences such as the one created with Above the Felt emphasize why Champions Poker Club is known as the best poker club in Texas.”

Above the Felt Entertainment and Faded Spade Cards founder Tom Wheaton is also working with Champions Poker on strategic marketing services for the event and club.

“Above the Felt could not have asked for a better partner for its first experiential marketing collaboration in Texas,” said Tom Wheaton, founder of Above the Felt Entertainment. “Champions Poker Club’s entire team has been nothing short of first-class all the way. Together, we look forward to elevating Texas poker to new heights during the Lone Star Poker Series.”

The Champions Poker Club live stream is set to take place in a brand new, state-of-the-art studio and will feature cash game and tournament productions with Above the Felt talent during the series. As a Faded Spade® card customer, the Champions Poker Club live stream games will also feature Faded Spade RFID cards as seen during WPT Television and PokerGO programs.

For additional information, please visit www.Champions-Poker.com and www.AboveTheFelt.com.

About Above the Felt Entertainment

Above the Felt® Entertainment is the leading experiential poker talent, marketing, and entertainment agency. Founded in 2021 by Tom Wheaton, Above the Felt focuses on connecting poker players, fans, and businesses across industries through its exclusive roster of talent, modern-day strategic marketing, and innovative entertainment services.

About Champions Poker Club

Founded in 2020, Champions Poker Club is an industry-leading membership card club featuring poker and other game offerings. Champions Poker Club was founded by Hall of Fame poker players Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and Dewey Tomko in partnership with gaming industry veterans Roy Choi and Jieho Lee. The club’s flagship venue is located in Houston, Texas, and home to the state’s first-ever $1 million guaranteed poker tournament as part of the Lone Star Poker Series. Champions Poker Club is proud to showcase “How Champions Do Poker.” For more information, visit www.Champions-Poker.com.



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