2005 Jack Binion World Poker Open Media-Charity Tournament at Gold Strike Casino Tunica January 5th
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John Burgess of the Memphis Based Newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, and Casino Magazine wins the Media Charity Tournament at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. The Media Event kicked off the 2005 Jack Binion World Poker Open. John won $1,000 to go to the Wings Foundation of the West Clinic. Over 46 media players from around the world competed for their favorite charity. A pocket pair of Jacks was John's slam dunk on his final hand of No Limit Texas Hold'Em.
Media Event - January 5th 2005
An impressive record breaking crowd showed up the first day of the Jack Binion World Poker Open for 2005 at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. Likewise for the Media Event where 46 people, who bring you the news, vowed for the top winning hand. click on pics to enlarge
L to R John Burgess, The Commercial Appeal, George Klein from Horseshoe Casino and Radio/TV Personality, also Todd Demer from Memphis Based TV station Channel 3 WREG settle in and anticipate the deal of the first hand of the event.
The Voice of Tunica, Rudi Schiffer, from Jackpot Magazine and the popular radio show Good Times has his sleeves rolled, his trademark cigar, and cap tilted just right ready to go.
Radio, internet websites, poker magazines, TV, newspapers, and other media outlets from all over the world showed up to vie for the Media Event Championship. Note the crowd in the background playing the first round for the JBWPO.
The Pressure is on for the final round of the Media Event. The top 10 players were presented Jack Binion World Poker Open Jackets.
David Garrison of Mid-South Gaming Guide collaborates with Greg Weitzel of Poker Player Magazine and www.betabunch.com Nolan Dalla, World Series of Poker Media Director looks on as player anxiety mounts.
Pamela from France is the only lady left at the final round table. Her patient and gentle nature pays off as she captures second place.
Pictured is Mark Napolitano of Planet Ace Ltd. videoing events of the WPO, which can be seen on www.pokerpages.com . Mark and wife, Tina, traveled from Spain to Tunica to attend the JBWPO for 2005. Also check out their ever popular www.pokerschoolonline.com
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