The UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Season 5 will include five stops between the UK, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Spain during 2015, PokerStars announced on Monday.
The newly-released UKIPT Season 5 official schedule features events in Nottingham, Bristol, Isle of Man, and Edinburgh, together with the "traditional" summer break in sunny Marbella, Spain, for an event that will see the series once again to combine forces with Spain's Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT).
Kicked off in London in Jan. 2015 with a 726-player event won by England's Rapinder Cheema for £78,825, the UKIPT will be back in April for the second leg of its Season 5 to be held at the Dusk Till Dawn poker room in Nottingham between April 12-19.
Built around a huge £1,100 buy-in £1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, the 2015 UKIPT Nottingham is set to feature a good number of top side events as a £3,300 UKIPT High Roller and a £330 Nottingham Cup.
After Nottingham, the UKIPT caravan will move to the Southern shore of Europe and stop in Marbella, Spain, for a renewed edition of the same UKIPT-ESPT combined poker festival that in 2014 attracted 750 players to the Main Event alone.
Once the Spanish battle is over, it will be time for the UKIPT to head back to gray and rainy England for the season's fourth stop to be held at the Rainbow Casino in Bristol from August 6-9.
The UKIPT Season 5 will then move to PokerStars' unofficial kingdom for an event in Douglas, Isle of Man, between October 1-4. Traditionally seen as a poker tournament as much as a get-together for some of the game's biggest names, the Isle of Man's leg of the series is again expected to see at the tables a good number of poker pros and personalities from the gambling industry. As has already happened during the past years, the 2015 UKIPT Isle of Man will run together with the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, a competition that traditionally attracts some of the greatest chess minds in the world.
The penultimate stop of the season will then be held in Scotland's capital, the fascinating and history-rich city of Edinburgh, from November 19-22. After Edinburgh, the UKIPT Season 5 will celebrate the year that was with a conclusive stop to take place in early 2016 in a location that is yet to be confirmed.
The UKIPT Season 5 Official Schedule at a Glance
Here's a quick recap of all the stops included in the 2015 UKIPT official schedule:
|Date||Location||Venue||Main Event Buy-In|
|Apr. 12-19||Nottingham||Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club||£1,000+£100|
|Jun. 15-21||Marbella||Casino Marbella||€1,000+€100|
|Aug. 6-9||Bristol||Rainbow Casino||£700+£70|
|Oct. 1-4||Isle of Man||Villa Marina||Tba|
|Nov. 19-22||Edinburgh||Genting Club Casino||£700+£70|