In Season XII, the World Poker Tour National UK proved to be a tremendous success, so much so that they're holding three events in the United Kingdom in 2015. The first, the partypoker World Poker Tour National (WPTN) London, will take place at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City from Feb. 12-15 and feature three tournaments.
There will be a £110 buy-in WPTN Experience (24-minute blind levels and 15,000 chips) on Feb. 14, and a £55 WPTN Turbo Charged Deepstack (15-minute blind levels and 20,000 chips) on Feb. 15. Also taking place during that time will be the headline £200 buy-in, four-day partypoker £100,000 guarantee WPT Aspers Accumulator.
"Not every poker player has a few thousand dollars laying around to buy into a World Poker Tour event, but that’s where the WPT National series comes in," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "If you’re looking for the same WPT feel without the large price tag, these events are for you, and the WPT National London is right around the corner with an affordable buy-in of just £200. In addition, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to provide live coverage of the event, and it’s the perfect chance for players to make a name for themselves."
That event will hold three starting flights offering a deep structure with 20,000 starting chips, 30-minute blind levels on Day 1, 40-minute blind levels on Day 2, and 60-minute blind levels for the final day. Players will have the option to buy-in into all three starting flights if they so choose, and anything they bad will then be combined and carried over to Day 2. Right now you can qualify for the Accumulator via either partypoker, which are putting up $800 packages to the event, or a live £25 satellite on Feb. 12.
Hundreds of players are expected to attend the event, including America's Tony Dunst.
“I’ve visited the U.K. before but never played any poker there; I’m looking forward to my first chance in doing so at WPT National," Dunst said. "I’ll be there trying to win all the pounds, and hold down the ping-pong table. Come and attempt to beat me at the partypoker lounge.”
In addition to great poker action, players are invited to attend the WPT Players Party on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 p.m. at Aspers Sky Bar. Just ask a WPT staff member for a VIP bracelet to gain entry.
“There were over 2,500 entries in last season’s partypoker WPT National UK. It proves what we set out to achieve, bringing more people into the game at various levels of buy-ins”, John Scanlon, Poker Manager at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, told the WPT Blog. “Following on from our first event in February we have also confirmed £200,000 guarantees at partypoker WPT National Newcastle April 30- May 3 and partypoker WPT National London July 30- August 2.”
Here’s a look at the entire partypoker WPT National London schedule:
|Date||Time||Event #||Buy-in (Fee Inc.)||Starting Chips||Level Times||Info|
|Thu, Feb 12, 2015||2:00 PM||1 - Super Satellite Main Event||£25*||5K+5K+10K||30/15||Unlimited £20 Re-buy for 90 Minutes|
|Thu, Feb 12, 2015||8:00 PM||2 - partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Flight 1||£200||20K||30||£100K Guaranteed prizepool. 8 Levels x 30 minutes|
|Fri, Feb 13, 2015||2:00 PM||2 - partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Flight 2||£200||20K||30||£100K Guaranteed prizepool. 8 Levels x 30 minutes|
|Fri, Feb 13, 2015||8:00 PM||2 - partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Flight 3||£200||20K||30||£100K Guaranteed prizepool. 8 Levels x 30 minutes|
|Sat, Feb 14, 2015||1:00 PM||2 - partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Day 2||Closed||20K||40||12 Levels x 40 minutes|
|Sat, Feb 14, 2015||7:00 PM||3 - WPTN Experience||£110||15K||24||NLHE|
|Sun, Feb 15, 2015||1:00 PM||2 - partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Final Day||Closed||20K||60||Final Day|
|Sun, Feb 15, 2015||2:00 PM||4 - WPTN 8 Max Bounty||£80*||10K||20||£50 Prizepool, £25 Bounty. 8 Handed NLHE|
|Sun, Feb 15, 2015||6:00 PM||5 - WPTN Turbo Charged Deepstack||£55*||20K||15||NLHE|
For more information, head on over to worldpokertour.com. In the meantime, check out this video on how to prepare for a WPT event:
*Lead photo courtesy of partypoker.com.