Come the 7th of February, the newest addition to the poker scene in London will be opening up with its first ever poker tournament. The Hippodrome Casino which can be located in the centre of London in Leicester Square will be putting on a Multi Table Tournament, which will be its first venture into the world of tournament poker.
The casino has been under a significant refurbishment program for the past couple of months, ever since PokerStars hooked up with them and plowed a lot of money into the venue in order to revamp the poker room on the site.
PokerStars are looking to reinvigorate the poker scene in London, especially after the well documented closure of the Gentings Fox Poker Club a little while back.
The tournament is called the Winter Classic and will be run from for two days from the 7th of February and will be a £250+£25 buy-in with a nice prize pool guarantee of £25,000. If you are interested though, you will have to hurry up as there is a cap on the attendance of 200 players maximum.
Renovations Still Not Fully Complete!
The tournament will actually not have too much to do with PokerStars on this occasion, as the Poker Deck (which is to be sponsored by PokerStars) is still undergoing work, with it due to be open a little later on in the year. However, PokerStars will be helping the Hippodrome by providing the casino with certain equipment, will help them with the actual running of the event and actually supply them a tournament director.
Additionally, PokerStars will be running some online satellites into the event by virtue of their online poker rooms. Check at the site for information on just how you can take part in one of these satellites.
The Hippodrome will also be running live SNG satellites, in the upcoming days before the start of the event with the buy-ins being £27.50, whilst there will also be a Super Satellite that is to be held before the event on the 8th of February, there will be two seats available from that.
Obviously, as a UK based Online Poker Magazine, we feel that this move by PokerStars will do nothing but good for poker in the capital. We cannot wait to see what the Poker Deck will look like and what tournaments are going to be put on or attracted there.
We will keep you posted on when the work is set to be completed.