The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour kicks off its third season today with the UKIPT Galway festival and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. All UKIPT Main Events have had their buy-in increased to £700+£70 (Euros for Galway) which should see prize pools swell to sizes never seen before for mid-stakes live tournaments.
The corresponding tournament last year attracted 266 players from around the UK, Ireland and Europe but they were all outlasted by the Ireland-based Canadian Nick Abou Risk who walked away with a bankroll-boosting €67,100 for his efforts on the Emerald Isle.
This year's Main Event, which kicks off on Thursday 16 February, is one of 10 amazing tournaments that will be taking place up until Monday 20 February when the Main Event final table takes place. The full listing of non-satellite tournaments is:
|Wed 15 Feb||18:00||NLHE Six Max||€100+€10|
|Thu 16 Feb||12:00||NLHE Main Event||€700+€70||Day 1a|
|Thu 16 Feb||20:00||NLHE Turbo||€100+€10|
|Fri 17 Feb||12:00||NLHE Main Event||€700+€70||Day 1b|
|Fri 17 Feb||16:00||NLHE Turbo||€50+€5|
|Fri 17 Feb||19:00||NLHE Turbo||€100+€50+€10||Bounty tournament|
|Sat 18 Feb||12:00||NLHE Main Event||€700+€70||Day 2|
|Sat 18 Feb||18:00||NLHE||€300+€30||Day 1 of 2|
|Sat 18 Feb||19:00||NLHE High Roller||€2,000+€150||Day 1|
|Sat 18 Feb||21:00||NLHE Turbo||€100+€10|
|Sun 19 Feb||12:00||NLHE Main Event||€700+€70||Day 3|
|Sun 19 Feb||13:00||NLHE||€300+€30||Day 2 of 2|
|Sun 19 Feb||14:00||NLHE High Roller||€2,000+€150||Day 2|
|Sun 19 Feb||14:00||NLHE||€100+€10+€20||Charity event|
|Sun 19 Feb||17:00||NLHE Turbo||€150+€15||Deepstack|
|Sun 19 Feb||19:00||PLO||€50+€5||Unlimited Rebuys|
|Mon 20 Feb||12:00||NLHE Main Event||€700+€70||Final Table|
You can follow the live updates from the Main Event over on the PokerStars Blog whilst UK PokerNews will have a recap of the Main Event action on a daily basis. he very best of look to the UK & Ireland players participating in this curtain raising festival.
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