In a recent blog post over at PokerStarsBlog, PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador Jen Shahade has revealed that there is going to be a combined poker and chess tournament to be played out at the upcoming UK & Ireland Poker Tour Isle of Man festival.
“Already confirmed to participate is the World’s #9 player Maxime Vachier Lagrave, British #1 Mickey Adams, poker pro and chess champion Almira Skripchenko, and Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet. Supernova elite players, Radoslaw “radoom” Jedynak, and Simon Ansell will also get in on the action.”
The event which starts on the 3rd of October and has a buy-in of £200+20 will see players first have to take part in a chess tournament to potentially add more chips to the poker tournament that begins directly afterwards.
“The chess tournament will include five rounds of blitz chess (each player gets seven minutes to checkmate or run the other player out of time.) For every win, a player gets a bonus 1,000 poker chips added to an initial stack of 8,000.”
This means that players could potentially start the turbo poker tournament with as low as 8,000 chips and as high as 13,000.
Whilst the chess/poker tournament is sure to attract plenty of attention at the UKIPT IOM next month, there are still plenty of poker only events for those of you that are not too hot at chess. You can check out the full schedule below.
The UKIPT Isle of Man Full Schedule
Oct 1st NLHE Super Sat to UKIPT Main Event – 10 Seats Gtd – £50 + £5
NLHE 6 – Handed Turbo – £100 + £10
Oct 2nd UKIPT Main Event Day 1A – £700 + £70
NLHE Super Sat to UKIPT Main Event – 10 Seats Gtd – £50 + £5
NLHE – Hold’em Turbo – £100 + £10
Oct 3rd UKIPT Main Event Day 1B – £700 + £70
NLHE Super Sat to High Roller – £100 + £10
Combined Chess & NLHE (40 player cap) £200 + £20
NLHE Turbo Win The Button – £100 + £10
Oct 4th UKIPT Main Event Day 2
NLHE High Roller – “8 Handed” – £2000 + £200
NLHE Hyper Turbo Sat to Isle of Man Cup- £50 + £5
NLHE Isle of Man Cup – £300 + £30
Charity NL Hold’em Tournament – £50
Oct 5th UKIPT Main Event Day 3
PLO – Double Chance – £150 + £15
NLHE Isle of Man Cup Day 2
NLHE Turbo – Super Deepstack – £100 + £10
Oct 6th UKIPT Main Event Final Table