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February 15, 2012 12:58 ET

Sky Poker's Cardstacker Challenge Landmark Build Begins as Guinness World Record Holder Bryan Berg Prepares to Rebuild Big Ben and Houses of Parliament Out of Cards

Big Ben and Parliament Win Voter's Hearts, but Will Diamonds, Spades and Clubs Follow?

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2012) - It took just seven days to build Rome so Sky Poker are giving Bryan 'The Cardstacker' Berg exactly the same amount of time to deck out his gravity-defying playing card masterpiece. Sky Poker's highly anticipated Cardstacker Challenge, which sees the Guinness World Record Holder build a UK landmark entirely out of freestanding playing cards at Aspers Casino, Stratford, has reached exciting new heights as the votes are in! The public have spoken, and Bryan Berg will be rebuilding Big Ben and Parliament at an impressive 14 feet wide and 7 1/2 feet tall, solely out of playing cards, with no tape, no glue, and no tricks! Sky Poker, the UK's leading online poker firm, can announce that Aspers Casino is now a construction zone, as men (one man) are at work. The build has begun!

Big Ben and Parliament were up against some of the UK's finest monuments, but the iconic Thames-side vista won the hearts of voters all over the country. This win is convenient for The Cardstacker himself, who can take a short trip to Embankment for inspiration, before heading back to nearby Stratford.

The build takes place in Aspers Casino near Stratford's trendy Olympic village. Watch as one of London's most historic landmarks comes to life in the fashionable East End.

Where: Aspers Casino
Live Build
When: 2-10pm, 15 - 22 February 2012
Exhibition
22-26 February 2012
Knockdown
27 February 2012
(All visitors must be over 18)

The Cardstacker Challenge Landmark Build celebrates Sky Poker's Play the Nation event.

The build reaches a climax on 27 February 2012 as the Cardstacker's creation faces The Knockdown! Visit the Sky Poker Facebook Page to find out all latest details about the demolition.

Has The Cardstacker met his biggest challenge yet? Guests aged 18 and over are invited to see Bryan Berg building live daily at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, 312 The Loft, Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, London.

About SkyPoker.com

Sky Poker is the British Sky Broadcasting's online poker division, which allows users to play poker online on their website, and screens selected hands from various tournaments and cash games on Sky Poker TV, allowing players on the site to become the stars of the TV channel. Sky Poker focuses on UK poker players, with all play at the tables in pounds rather than dollars, as well as its own Sky Poker Tour around the country.

Sky Poker is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).

About Cardstacker Bryan Berg

Guinness World Record Holder for the Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards since 1992, cardstacker Bryan Berg also created the original Guinness World Record for the Largest House of Freestanding Playing Cards in 2004. Since age 17, Berg has been commissioned to break his own records more than a dozen times. His most recent tallest tower stood 26 feet, and his most recent largest contained 219,000 cards and required 44 days to construct. He continues to hold both records. Berg uses no tape, no glue, no folding, and no other tricks in his structures - just freestanding playing cards. Using a grid technique informed by patterns found in nature, his cardstacking has been tested in an engineering lab to support more than 660 pounds per square foot. Berg is trained as an architect, and earned a Master in Design Studies from Harvard. Cardstacking is Berg's full-time job. He has travelled throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa building projects for science and art museums, television, and special events.

About Aspers Casino

Aspers is a high quality and upscale British casino operator. A joint venture between the Aspinall family and Crown Limited, one of the world's leading gaming companies, Aspers Westfield Stratford City is the first of its kind to open in the UK. Open 24 hours per day, 364 days of the year, all guests over 18 are welcome. Aspers is a socially responsible game operator.

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