FANTASY W.S.O.P. AT PKR You don't have to go to Vegas to enjoy some of the fun The PKR.com online poker site marketers have come up with a novel promotion to tap into the excitement that the annual World Series of Poker in Vegas always generates – fantasy WSOP. With virtually all the big names in poker gravitating toward the gambling mecca to compete in poker's biggest championship, it makes sense to structure a fantasy promotion based on names like Joe Hachem, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Phil Ivey and hundreds of other talented and well known poker aces. And that's just what PKR is doing – offering players and poker fans a chance to put money on their fave players with a World Series of Poker fantasy league. Entry into the competition is free, and cash prizes will be awarded to the 10 participants with the most points at the end of the series. Contestants are required to put together a winning team of 10 poker professionals, working from a list of 300 famous names provided by the online poker site. Players have a notional GBP 5 000 budget with which to "buy" the professionals for their team, with a per head cost of between GBP 100 to GBP 1 000 for each ace. The 300 players on the list will then be tracked throughout 32 of the World Series of Poker's 55 events, with points per player awarded on the basis of Top 20 finishes. Once the competition events have been concluded at the WSOP, the top ten teams on points will each get a share of GBP 1 500 prize-pool. PKR is itself getting in on the action, with a dream team that includes Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth, and this is the one to beat – any player who's team scores higher than PKR's choice will win entry into another GBP 500 Fantasy Freeroll competition. PKR will update its leaderboard for the fantasy league after each event of the WSOP, with the final results published after the completion of the Main Event in November. Recent reports and statistics on the independent Internet poker information site Pokerscouts.com indicate that PKR.com continues to grow at a cracking pace and is set to hit 1.75 million registered users soon. Current developments have seen the 3D site overtake major competitors in the poker popularity stakes, including Cryptologic and Ladbrokes, in online rankings. Despite eschewing play from the United States, it is currently ranked 17th on Pokerscout. The company has also moved into the online casino sector, launching the Playtech-powered PKR Casino.com licenced in Alderney in March this year.