PokerStars is the engine behind the popular UKIPT and now the organisers have announced that the live series is ready to go beyond borders. This will be a premiere and the places that the UK & Ireland Poker Tour intends to visit have plenty more to offer besides the poker event. Its fan base has increased over three seasons and with a prize pool of £500,000 for the main event, it is bound to keep players on their toes. The first stop will be Costa del Sol, with the beautiful town of Marbella to host the tour in June.
Between June 13 and 17, poker enthusiasts will spend some quality time in the southern parts of Spain, while putting their luck and skills to the test in the €1,000 buy-in main event. The competition is the direct result of a partnership between PokerStars and Spanish Estrellas Poker Tour and players will be the main beneficiaries. They would have an entire week to catch some sun and to fund their holiday related expenses with poker money, which makes it a win-win situation!
Two months later, action shifts to Galway, just in time for players to enjoy the local horse racing festival that attracts visitors from all over Europe. Those who follow the UKIPT to Ireland should take their time because PokerStars intends to build a temporary base of operation here. There are two main events that those who are even remotely interested in poker tournaments should be aware of: the Cash Game Festival and the first ever UK versus Ireland Heads-Up Championship.
Poker aficionados will have plenty of time to catch their breath in September, because the tour will be in recess for a month until it reignites the flame in October. Between October 2-6, the luxurious Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden will host the tour, while the next stage of UKIPT begins on October 31. Players are invited to buy in for £1,100 and leave Isle of Man several thousands richer.
The poker year ends with the Nottingham Main event that lasts from November 28 to December 2, with this poker tournament going by the name of ‘Dusk till Dawn’. This will also mark a premiere for the UK & Ireland Poker Tour as the Nottingham competition will be the first ever 6-Max Main Event in UKIPT’s history. PokerStars made a giant leap forward with this competition, and their plan on taking it beyond borders for the first time should spice things up. It goes without saying that adding £500,000 to each main event will only make UKIPT more attractive and will draw even larger crowds when Season 4 begins.