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Poker players head for Snowdon summit

Posted 20 August 2010
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Poker players head for Snowdon summit
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A charity poker game is to take place in an unusual venue - the top of Snowdon.

Porstsmouth-based casino managers Paul Brady and Conor Tonor will don their hiking boots along with other players as they ascend the 3,560 ft mountain before getting the cards out in the Haford Eryri summit building, the Portsmouth News reports.

The high-stakes game will be held in a bid to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care body.

Ordnance Survey maps may come in handy for the group as it picks a route up the mountain, which has a number of different ways to the top, including the Llanberis Path, Pyg track and Watkin path.

While a mountaintop might be an unusual place for a game of poker, not many summits in Britain can boast anything like the Hafod Eryri facility, with its cafe, gift shop and toilets.

The former summit station at the top of the Snowdon Mountain Railway was described by Prince Charles as "The highest slum in Europe", but this was demolished and replaced by the new structure, which was opened last year.

Posted by Elaine Arthur