Later this month, for the first time ever, PokerStars will host a live tournament right in its own backyard. The PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) will host a tournament series on the Isle of Man — the home of PokerStars — from Oct. 30 through Nov. 4, highlighted by a £1,100 Main Event beginning on Oct. 31.
UKIPT Isle of Man marks the first major tournament to be staged on the island in almost 15 years. The series will take place in the gorgeous Villa Marina venue, located on the sea front promenade in the capital Douglas, where players will battle for the inaugural UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event title and a share of the massive £500,000 guaranteed prize pool. The affordable buy-in will give players a chance to rub elbows with some of the best players in the world, including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier, both of whom will make the trip to the Isle of Man for the historic tournament series. PokerStars is also allowing its employees to participate in one of its tournaments for the first time, making it a true PokerStars festival on the Isle of Man.
The series will feature 12 tournaments in total, with buy-ins ranging from £50 to £2,200. Kicking the six-day festival off is a £150+£15 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed tournament, followed by a £100+£10 rebuy super satellite to the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event.
The eagerly anticipated Main Event will include two starting days. Day 1a commences at noon on Oct. 31 with Day 1b starting at the same time on Nov. 1. PokerStars is expecting a great turnout for the Main Event, drawing tournament grinders from all over Europe and beyond.
Here's a look at the full schedule of events for the UKIPT Isle of Man:
|Date||Event||Buy-in||Start Time (GMT)|
|Wed, Oct. 30||No Limit Hold’em Six Handed||£150+£15||18:00|
|Wed, Oct. 30||No Limit Hold’em Rebuy + Addon Super Satellite||£100+£10||20:00|
|Thurs, Oct. 31||UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event Day 1A||£1,000+£100||12:00|
|Thurs, Oct. 31||No Limit Hold’em Rebuy + Addon Super Satellite||£100+£10||18:00|
|Thurs, Oct. 31||No Limit Hold’em Turbo||£100+£10||20:00|
|Fri, Nov. 1||UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event Day 1B||£1,000+£100||12:00|
|Fri, Nov. 1||No Limit Hold’em Rebuy + Addon Super Satellite||£100+£10||19:00|
|Fri, Nov. 1||No Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty||£100+£50+£10||21:00|
|Sat, Nov. 2||No Limit Hold’em High Roller 8-Handed||£2,000+£200||12:00|
|Sat, Nov. 2||Isle of Man Cup – Single Re-Entry||£300+£30||18:00|
|Sat, Nov. 2||PokerStars Charity Tournament (Invite Only)||£50||21:30|
|Sun, Nov. 3||Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance||£150+£15||12:00|
|Sun, Nov. 3||No Limit Hold’em Super Deepstack EPT Edition||£100+£10||16:00|
PokerNews will be providing live updates from the Main Event, but that's not all. We'll also be going behind the scenes of PokerStars headquarters for the first time, delivering details about the server rooms, security set up, and much more. No media outlet has ever been behind the closed doors at PokerStars HQ, but PokerNews will be exploring the building and the island that PokerStars has called home for eight years!
UKIPT Isle of Man is sure to be a unique poker festival with big fields, plenty of high-profile players and a brand new venue. We cannot wait for Oct. 30 to come around.
As is usually the case, you can qualify for the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event at PokerStars. There is a plethora of satellite options with buy-ins ranging from freerolls to £100 buy-ins.
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