Schedule and Venues of the ShowDown Poker Tour
The inaugural ShowDown Poker Tour was announced amidst great fanfare by organisers Hansen and Vendersbo and the schedule looked to be a good one.
3-7 May 2006 at the Gutshot Club in London
The first event took place at the Gutshot Club in London from 3 – 7 May 2006, but despite the huge amount of publicity the newly formed tour attracted only twenty three players, and four of them were the members of the Hendon Mob who had contractually bound themselves to the tour. The heads-up saw EPT title holder Mats Gavatin get the better of Mobster, Barney Boatman.
24 -28 May 2006 at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin
The Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin hosted the second event from 24 – 28 May 2006, and again only 20 players entered the event. There were some heavyweights at the tables though and apart from the faithful Hendon Mob, EPT Monte Carlo final tabler, Ben Grundy, Roy Brindley, who finished third in the William Hill Poker Grand Prix and Andy Black, who finished fifth in the 2005 WSOP main event sat down to play. The Heads-Up and second leg of the SDPT was finally clinched by Jeff Sharpe, who got the better of Ola Brandborn.
Dates pending at the Reval Hotel Lietuva in Lithuania
The third event at the Reval Hotel Lietuva in Lithuania never had its dates confirmed and fell quietly off the ShowDown Poker schedule.
6-10 August 2006 at the Casino Barriere de Trouville in Trouville, France
The planned fourth event at the Casino Barrier de Trouville in Trouville, France from 6 – 10 August 2006 apparently hit a gigantic snag and was cancelled at the last minute. According to the organisers "Due to current changes in the French gaming laws our Trouville event in August will be moved to another casino within the Lucien Barriere Casino Group later in the year." The promised event at the new venue never materialised.
31 August – 3 September 2006 at the Reval Park Hotel & Casino in Tallinn, Estonia
Another casualty was the fifth event scheduled for 31 August to 3 September at the Reval Park Hotel & Casino in Tallinn in Estonia, where for the first time organisers admitted that they were having problems attracting participants. "We haven’t fulfilled as many seats as we would have hoped and do not want to make it a small tournament," was the official announcement
19-22 October 2006 at the Casino Marienlyst in Elsinore, Denmark
The penultimate event at the Casino Marienlyst in Elsinore Denmark was ironically the biggest ‘success’ of the fledgling tour. It attracted 36 participants, but only two members of the Hendon Mob pitched up to honour their obligations. Henrik Witt of Denmark took the title and the €69 120, having outclassed Sweden’s William Thorson.
27-30 November at the Casino Esplanade in Hamburg, Germany
The planned Grand Final to be held at the Casino Esplanade in Hamburg from 27 – 30 November did not materialise. By the end of the final hand in Elsinore, the writing was firmly on the wall – the ShowDown Tour was in a crisis and simply could not go on!