The rising popularity of poker based TV shows such as “Celebrity Poker Showdown” is attracting a whole new a breed of poker player.

“All my friends play Texas Holdem” says Mike, a teenage high school student from New York. A recent survey suggests Mike is correct, a lot of high school students are taking up the game of poker for fun and sometimes cold hard cash. The survey found only 1 from every 30 high school students did not list poker as a past time.

Erik and John are brothers and two other teen poker players, they meet up with friends every night in the basement of their home for their regular game of Texas Holdem. As many as 11 others would join them at times, playing around a covered pool table.

“Erik’s made $1,500 off these games in the last 6 months” John states, he goes on “If you’re playing for fun and not for money, then the game isn’t as good”.

Hongkong Prize Experts believe parents should show caution over their children and poker. Beth Schwartz, supervisor of the treatment program at St. Vincent’s Hospital’s Gambler’s Treatment Center says “We’re seeing more and more youngsters. Statistics have shown that the younger they gamble, the more of a problem they might have later on.”

Some parents believe small wagering is a helpful way of teaching their child basic math’ and the value of money. Whilst any poker player will tell you this is certainly true, during the “poker boom years” with the number of gamblers increasing each day, any problems amongst teen poker players may not be noticed for some time yet.

William Hill Poker Starts 2005 With £100,000 Extravaganza

William Hill poker is excited to announce their largest tournament ever, the £100,000 Guaranteed Tournament to be held January 22nd, 2005.

There are three ways to earn a seat into this first of a kind tournament:

Route 1: £20+£2 single-table sit-and-go tournaments running 24/7

Route 2: £10+£1 multi-table tournaments running at 19:00 and 23:00 GMT daily

Route 3: Direct buy-in for £200+£15

This exciting event is to be held at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, January 22nd with all entrants receiving 2500 in starting chips.

William Hill is also offering some enticing Hongkong Prize promotions to new and existing players. New players can earn £5 per hour up to a total of £25. Existing players can also earn up to £25 per month for playing poker.

In addition, William Hill Poker also has a prop program where players can earn up to £30 per hour for starting new games and playing for up to two hours.