In the past year, the UKIPT has added several new locations, even going as far as Marbella to join forces with the Spanish Estrellas Poker Tour. In addition, new events are showing up regularly, such as the innovative varied buy-in Main Event. Now, PokerStars is bringing the UKIPT back home to the Isle of Man for a tournament series that is bound to be a success.
In October of this year, the UKIPT Isle of Man tournament series will stretch for five days (Oct. 2-6) and will feature a Main Event with a buy-in of £770, designed to attract a wide range of players, as well as several side events to give even more chances to win. A guarantee for the Main Event has been set for £350,000, but the increasing popularity of the UKIPT is likely to see this guarantee smashed by a record number of entrants.
The 2014 edition of the UKIPT Isle of Man comes fresh on the heels of a big success in 2013. While the past year was first and foremost about the competition at the tables, it also featured a welcoming atmosphere that can be lacking at other events. Players came to both have fun and win money and while not all may have achieved the latter, the vast majority certainly had a good time. Being somewhat of a homecoming tournament, the 2013 event drew a healthy lineup of poker celebrities, including Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, David Williams, and Fatima Moreira de Melo, who finished runner up in the Main Event.
In addition to the UKIPT series, another gaming event will also be taking place. The PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament will be hosted during the same time period, from Oct. 4 to Oct. 12. The chess arm of the festivities will feature three classes of entry – a Minor, Major, and Masters division for every skill level. The aim is to introduce poker players to chess and vice versa, as many of the same skills are needed to excel at both games.
Based on the Isle of Man, PokerStars and its parent company of The Rational Group have been the clear leaders of the online poker world and their live offerings have grown every year. The October UKIPT event is certain to bring not only some top level poker but also a great time for everyone who attends.