The fourth leg of the London Clubs International (LCI) 2012 UK Poker Tour takes place this weekend at the Alea casino in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
There has already been a £75+£25 Bounty event and a £150+£15 side event taker place and tonight (Friday) sees a £50+£5 No Limit Hold'em tournament act as a warm-up event to the two-day Main Event, which kicks off on Saturday afternoon.
The Main Event in Leeds is going to be a £300+£30 buy-in event that carries with is a £15,000 guarantee. For the £330 players receive a 10,000 starting stack and will play to a 45-minute clock so there will be plenty of play in the tournament. The LCI 2012 UK Poker Tour website states re-entry is allowed but it does not say how many times a player can re-enter; we would expect re-entries to be limited to one per person.
The inaugural Main Event in this new tour took place in May and saw 167 players enter the £200 Main Event in Glasgow where Martyn Thompson was crowned champion. He picked up £10,000 for his efforts. Leg 2 headed south to Brighton where the buy-in increased to £500 but the attendance dropped to just 62 runners, but Bruce Atkinson still picked up £10,000 for his win.
Last month saw the tour head to the Alea Nottingham and it was not very well attended at all. Despite the buy-in dropping to £250, only 25 players bought in and this left the organisors with an overlay of more than £3,000. The final four players struck a deal that saw them all guaranteed £2,000 though Peter Wrigglesworth is credited with the win, his prize was £2,350.
Hopefully the Leeds leg will see a much better turnout because nobody likes to see an empty casino. Good luck to everyone taking part.