Poker in the Park in Hanover Square, London, scheduled for Sept 2 and 3, is expected to draw some 20,000 players.

Admission is free. There are tournaments every hour, scheduled speakers, mocktails, and teachers. There will also be other games, including (at least) Mahjong, Backgammon, Rummy, and Chess.

This is just the first of several events in a month long British Poker festival, which also includes a Poker Academy, Poker awards, and … ahem … a Strip Poker championships (played at a gentleman’s club; some of the proceeds go to cancer research).