Old Trafford, the iconic home of Premier League giants Manchester United, is the venue for the fourth leg of the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) where a £60+£10 ($109) buy-in gives you the shot at a £250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Known as The Theatre of Dreams by those in football circles, Old Trafford is a state-of-the-art stadium that has witnessed some amazing scenes during it 115-year history, although fans of the current Manchester United team argue they have seen better days than recently.
Between January 16-17, football takes a back seat as the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) Grand Prix Poker Tour, sponsored by partypoker, calls Old Trafford home for the weekend.
The feature tournament of the GPPT Old Trafford leg is the $109 buy-in (£60+£10) Main Event, which boasts of a £250,000 guaranteed prize pool, meaning 4,166 entries are needed to hit the guarantee. Nobody can ever accuse Rob Yong and his DTD staff of not being ambitious or giving value to the poker community.
To help hit the guarantee, and to allow players increased flexibility, it is possible to play Day 1 online at partypoker. Buy-in for the online legs is $109 and can be paid in either cash or with a $109 ticket. The first online leg ran on January 11 at 8:00 p.m. and attracted 131 players. January 12’s online Day 1 saw 128 players hit the virtual felt, and there are subsequent online legs scheduled for the same time on January 14 through January 16.
In addition to the online legs, there are two live legs held at the excellent Manchester235 Casino (January 14-15 at 6:00 p.m.), with Old Trafford hosting two Day 1s at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on January 16.
Whoever manages to battle their way through the vast field in the GPPT Old Trafford Main Event is guaranteed to return home with bragging rights and a cool £35,000. Past winners of the GPPT can be seen in the table below:
|Dusk Till Dawn||Benjamin Preece||£35,000|
|Stamford Bridge||Sunny Mistri||£35,000|
|Online at partypoker||“YTheSnaiL”||$35,000|
The high rollers among you need to keep January 15 free because that is the date the £500+£50 buy-in £25,000 guaranteed High Roller event takes place at Manchester235. Day 2 of this exciting event is held at Old Trafford and kicks off at 12:00 p.m. sharp, with late registration available until 1:20 p.m.
Win Your Seat to Old Trafford at partypoker
The value in the GPPT is almost unbelievable and that isn’t even taking into consideration the fact you get to play poker in some of the best-known football stadia in the United Kingdom. As all buy-ins are processed via your partypoker account, you’ll need to open a free account at partypoker and if you do so via PokerNews links, when you make your first deposit using the bonus code PNCOM, your first deposit is matched 100% up to $500.
There are a plethora of GPPT qualifiers at partypoker, some of which cost a mere $0.01 to enter! Good luck!