Norman and Bev Pace have been holding their version of the WSOP, The World Series of Pace, for over 4 years now. Attracting professional players, celebrities and even some amateurs, the WSOPace has a place in the hearts of poker players. James Akenhead, finalist in this year’s WSOP main event was fresh off the plane from Vegas to attend, along with Steve Davis, Marty Smith Kevin O’Connell, Paul Jackson amongst many others. Pro player Jon Kalmar provided tournament direction to a field of 100 players.

2009’s WSOPace event was run for the charity The Meningitis Research Foundation. The charity is one close to Norman and Bev’s hearts, having supported them after their daughter Holly contracted meningitis at just 4 weeks old. Holly, now 21 years old, described to the poker players how the illness had affected her and the complications it had left her with. Supported by her Dad Norman she highlighted the devastation this illness can cause and the aim of The Meningitis Research Foundation to find a vaccine for it to prevent other children having to suffer as she has.

As part of the charity event’s prize pool, RakeTheRake generously donated an Event 2 EPO seat. The winner of the seat was Mike Carroll, so if you want to take Mike on at the English Poker Open you can register for Event 2 right here or enter a freeroll to this event.

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