Imagine entering a poker tournament in a purpose built venue with excellent dealers and floorstaff and going all the way and winning the event, picking up an estimated first place prize of around £75,000. Now imagine doing all that for just a £560 outlay. No UK & Ireland PokerNews have not gone mad because such a tournament does exist and it gets underway today at 14:00.
The Nottingham-based Dusk Till Dawn poker club is the venue for the £500+£60 buy-in DTD 500 Deepstack which for this month carries with it a gigantic guaranteed prize pool of £250,000! According to sources within the club this means the first place prize will be around £75,000, quite unbelievable considering the buy-in is only £560.
For their money players will receive 30,000 tournament chips and will play to the tried and tested blind structure that increases every 40-minutes and has become the benchmark for blind structures, especially for events with similar buy-ins.
Like many of the big DTD events the 500 Deepstack is played as a Re-Entry tournament which means if you are unfortunate enough to bust out during Day 1a you can simply return to the club on Saturday and swap another £560 for a new 30,000 start stack.
This fantastic value tournament first ran in January this year and is a direct replacement for the popular 300 Deepstack. The first-ever 500 Deepstack attracted 433 players, creating a prize pool of £216,500 with the eventual winner walking away with more than £61,500. This weekend's winner should become even richer as the prize pool is going to be at least £33,500 more than that day, possibly even more once poker players up and down the country and across Europe realise the sheer amount of value in such an event.
Please be aware that if you do make it into the money places then you will not be allowed to make a deal as they have now been banned by the Dusk Till Dawn management team. Earlier this week Simon Trumper of DTD explained the club's thinking behind banning deals.
When Dusk Till Dawn first opened, we had a “no deals policy” for all of our tournaments, however, over time, this lapsed. We have created many big prizepools for our players, mainly through taking risks with guaranteeing the prize pool ourselves, but the most important and exciting part of the tournament - the final table, has sometimes been an anti-climax to the event, with disruptions in play while deals are trying to be negotiated, not only between the players at the final table, but with players who have taken stakes in a particular player, a trend which we have seen growing.
On occasions, we have seen lesser experienced players, in particular, those players that have qualified through our satellites, not always receiving fair equity and situations have arisen where deal negotiations have created some animosity, especially when one player has refused to agree to a deal that the majority of players want to do.
These are the primary reasons, however, we are also keen supporters of poker being recognised as a “sport”, and part of promoting and supporting this concept is that there is an outright winner of a poker tournament. Of course, there can be a significant element of luck in winning a poker tournament, but we believe that the ability to negotiate deals should have no influence on how the prize pool is distributed. We believe this is in the best interests of poker players who choose to play tournaments at Dusk Till Dawn
Deals or no deals aside this should be an amazing event and the perfect tournament for those wanting to try out a deepstack tournament with a huge prize pool without having to stump up the required €5,000 on the European Poker Tour. As you would expect with such a great structure and massive prizes on offer a number of well-known names and faces are going to be present in Nottingham over the next few days including Sky Poker Pro Julian Thew, SNG grinder extraordinaire James "Epitomised" Atkin, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott and Roberto Romanello who we spoke to at EPT Copenhagen and he said he was planning on making the journey from Swansea to the Midlands.
Registration is open tonight until 21:40 and again on Saturday from 12:00. The Day 2 starts on Sunday 4 March at 12:00 prompt and will continue until a champion has been crowned. UK & Ireland PokerNews wish everyone participating the very best of luck.
Tomorrow is your last chance to qualify for the $3,500 Deepstack Freeroll on Titan Poker. Hurry, earn your seat today!