Contestants from 12 countries in naked pursuit of ‘Gold Fig Leaf


Updated: 9:22 a.m. PT Aug 19, 2006

LONDON - Up to 200 strip poker players competed on Saturday to see who will lose their shirts — and more — and who will scoop 10,000 pounds by retaining their clothes and modesty.

Organized by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, the inaugural World Strip Poker Championship takes place at the prestigious Cafe Royal in central London with players battling it out in games of “No Limit Texas Hold ’em”.

The bookmaker said it decided to hold the competition after its spoof April Fool earlier this year generated a lot of interest.

Players of both sexes from over 12 countries are battling it it out for the “Gold Fig Leaf” trophy and the right to revel in the title of World Strip Poker Champion.