It is not only Las Vegas, Nevada, where the tournament poker action is as hot as the weather. In the next few days, the latest leg of the PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) kicks off in Marbella, Spain.
Once again the UKIPT is combining with the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) to create an action-packed, week-long festival of poker than runs from June 15-21.
The busy tournament schedule features a number of different variants including the popular 'Win The Button,' nightly turbos, live satellites, pot-limit Omaha, a high roller, and the showpiece of the UKIPT Marbella festival: the €1,000+€100 buy-in Main Event.
When the inaugural UKIPT Marbella Main Event took place in June 2013, it marked the first time the tour had ventured outside of the UK & Ireland. It turned out to be a great decision by the UKIPT management team as that Main Event attracted 763 players. Those hopefuls were all outlasted by Scottish grinder Ludovic Geilich, who walked away with the title of champion, the trophy, and €130,000 after a three-way deal.
Twelve months later, 720 players turned out for the second instalment of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event.
British duo Sam Grafton and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody reached the final table – finishing in ninth and eighth place respectively – while Spain’s Rodrigo Espinosa claimed victory after defeating Christian Bauer heads-up to scoop a cool €136,000.
UKIPT Season 4 Marbella Festival Schedule
|Mon 15 Jun||7:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Tue 16 Jun||5:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Tue 16 Jun||7:00pm||€200+€20||NL Hold’em Turbo Deepstack Win The Button|
|Wed 17 Jun||12:00pm||€1,000+€100||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 1a|
|Wed 17 Jun||5:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Wed 17 Jun||8:00pm||€200+€20||NL Hold’em Deepstack Turbo|
|Thu 18 Jun||12:00pm||€1,000+€100||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 1b|
|Thu 18 Jun||6:00pm||€250+€25||Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance|
|Thu 18 Jun||8:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em One Rebuy/One Add-on Satellite to High Roller|
|Fri 19 Jun||12:00pm||-||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 2|
|Fri 19 Jun||12:30pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em One Rebuy/One Add-on Satellite to High Roller|
|Fri 19 Jun||5:00pm||€2,000+€200||NL Hold’em High Roller 8-Max Single Re-entry|
|Fri 19 Jun||8:00pm||€300+€30||Marbella Festival Poker Cup Day 1a Single Re-entry per day|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||-||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 3|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||-||High Roller Day 2|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em Six-Handed Hyper Turbo|
|Sat 20 Jun||3:00pm||€300+€30||Marbella Festival Poker Cup Day 1b Single Re-entry per day|
|Sat 20 Jun||8:00pm||€300+€30||Marbella Festival Poker Cup Turbo Day 1c Single Re-entry per day|
|Sun 21 Jun||12:00pm||-||Marbella Festival Poker Cup Final Day|
|Sun 21 Jun||12:15pm||-||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 21 Jun||2:00pm||€150+€15||NL Hold’em Turbo Super Deepstack EPT Edition|
Those of you who don’t want to immerse yourselves fully in the poker action will be delighted to learn that PokerStars is spreading a whole host of off-the-felt activities including karting, flyboarding, hoverboarding, water scooter, parasailing, wakeboarding, pedal boats, and an official party at Guey Marbella that takes place from 10:00 p.m. until late on June 20 (open bar for the first two hours) – what’s not to like about that?
For more information, visit UKIPT.com.