To the delight of poker players around Europe, the World Poker Tour (WPT), partypoker, and Dusk Till Dawn announced the dates and venues of the 2015 partypoker WPT UK Festival, which includes both the partypoker presents: WPT500 and the WPT UK. The poker festival runs across 16 days from Oct. 24 until Nov. 8 and promises to award at least £2.5 million in guaranteed prizes to players.
The 2015 partypoker UK Festival kicks off with an exciting £550 buy-in WPT500 event, featuring a huge £1 million in guarantees, along with a dozen opening days across two live venues and online at partypoker. The action will begin at London's Aspers Casino with three of the opening days on Oct. 24, 25, and 30, while Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham will be hosting five of the opening days from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Players that prefer to qualify into Day 2 online, will have the opportunity to do so on partypoker with four more opening days taking place from Oct. 26-29.
Players have the opportunity to enter once per opening day, or 12 times in total, and will bring their best stack to Day 2 which takes place on Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Dusk Till Dawn. Players that survive Day 2 are scheduled to play the following day until a winner is declared.
Here is a look at the WPT500 opening day schedule:
|Saturday, Oct. 24||2:00 pm||Day 1a||£550|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||2:00 pm||Day 1b||£550|
|Friday, Oct. 30||5:00 pm||Day 1c||£550|
|Monday, Oct. 26||20:00||Day 1a||£550|
|Tuesday, Oct. 27||20:00||Day 1b||£550|
|Wednesday, Oct. 28||20:00||Day 1c||£550|
|Thursday, Oct. 29||20:00||Day 1d||£550|
Dusk Till Dawn
|Saturday, Oct. 31||12:00 pm||Day 1a||£550|
|Saturday, Oct. 31||5:00 pm||Day 1b||£550|
|Sunday, Nov. 1||12:00 pm||Day 1c||£550|
|Sunday, Nov. 1||5:00 pm||Day 1d||£550|
|Monday, Nov. 2||10:00 am||Day 1e Turbo||£550|
The WPT portion of the schedule begins on Nov. 2 with the first of seven WPT side events, the £5,250 High Roller event with a £250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
However, the highlight of the WPT schedule begins the following day on Nov. 3 with a WPT UK £2,200 Main Event with the first of its two opening days. Similar to the WPT500, this tournament features a mammoth £1 million guarantee with players allowed to enter both starting days and bring this best stack forward to Day 2. Play will continue from Nov. 3 until Nov. 8 until a winner is declared.
Both high-limit and low-limit players should be able to find side events suitable for them. High-limit players will not only have the opportunity to enter the opening High Roller event, but also a live-streamed £10,250 Super High Roller Event on Nov. 5 with a prize pool guarantee to be determined. Low-limit players will be able to play in two events with £330 buy-ins with the Deep Stack event taking place on Nov. 7 with a £50,000 guaranteed prize pool and the Turbo event taking place on Nov. 8 with a £10,000 prize pool guarantee.
Here's a look at the WPT UK side event schedule:
|Monday, Nov. 2||5:00 pm||High Roller||£5,250||£250,000|
|Thursday, Nov. 5||5:00 pm||Eight-Max||£2,200||£100,000|
|Friday, Nov. 6||5:00 pm||Six-Max||£1,100||£60,000|
|Friday, Nov. 6||5:00 pm||Super High Roller||£10,250||TBD|
|Saturday, Nov. 7||12:00 pm||Deep Stack||£330||£50,000|
|Saturday, Nov. 7||5:00 pm||PLO||£1,100||£30,000|
|Sunday, Nov. 8||2:00 pm||Turbo||£330||£10,000|
The WPT is understandably excited about the upcoming 2015 partypoker WPT UK Festival. WPT President Adam Pliska stated, "We are proud to partner with both Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker for this impressive, nine-event poker festival with £2.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. In Season XIII, Eleanor Gudger outlasted a field of more than 2,100 entries to win the partypoker presents: WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn, and this year players can compete in starting flights from the comfort of their own home on partypoker.com. With high rollers and affordable deep-stacked side events, this schedule has something for every player who attends."
Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Till Dawn, believes that despite the success of last year's WPT, that this year should even be better: "Last year's WPT was brilliant and will be a hard act to follow but with WPT, partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn, we have unique combination of online, live and event management expertise so I believe we can improve on last year, specifically by qualifying over 300 players for the Main Event, giving us a chance of breaking the record for a WPT in Europe," Yong wrote on the partypoker blog. "It's a pleasure for me personally and the DTD to work with WPT and partypoker and I am looking forward to developing our relationship with Aspers and really hope their Day 1's for the WPT 500 will be a success."