The upcoming London legs of the UKIPT and European Poker Tour (EPT) commence on October 2 at their brand new home in the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden, after many years at the Hilton Hotel and neighbouring Grosvenor Victoria Casino, better known as The Vic.
While the tournaments from the UKIPT and EPT London are taking place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, all cash games and cash registrations are taking place at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. This means there are a couple of extra steps players need to be aware of if they are competing at the UKIPT or EPT London festivals.
All players must be in possession of a PSLive Card AND a Hippodrome Friends card. This is a requirement from the British gaming authority because the tournaments that are running at the Grand Connaught Rooms come under terms of The Hippodrome Casino’s licence.
As The Hippodrome Casino is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, you can call in literally at any time and sign up for your free Hippodrome Friends card. You will need photographic ID in order to receive your card. Once you have your Hippodrome Friends card you can buy into UKIPT or EPT London Main Event immediately, with registration for all side events being open from 10:00 a.m. the day before the tournament is due to start.
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PSLive Cards are available from The Hippodrome until Tuesday 1 October and then at the Grand Connaught Rooms thereafter. The PSLive Card was launched at EPT Barcelona and is part of the new PSLive system that PokerStars has put in place. PSLive allows a more streamlined system for registrations. The PSLive Card is a membership card that can be used for everything at EPTs, from checking your seating assignment to helping you score free drinks at bars near the tournament venue. Like the Hippodrome Friends card, the PSLive Card is free and you will need photo ID in order to sign up for one.
Players can buy into any event via the PokerStars client up to two hours before the begin, but must still have a Hippodrome Friends card. If you wish to buy in with cash, you must do so only at The Hippodrome Casino as there is no cash on the Grand Connaught Rooms’ premises.
Save yourself plenty of time and stress by getting hold of a Hippodrome Friends and PSLive Card as soon as possible. The longer you wait to pick them up, the longer you will be waiting in queues for them as the festival gets underway.