The Sky Poker Tour is almost complete for another year, with only one leg remaining in the 2013 edition. This final leg, the Sky Poker Tour Grand Final, takes place at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham on the weekend of October 26 and should easily smash the £60,000 guarantee placed on its prize pool.
The Sky Poker Tour offers a great structure for such a low buy-in, but it is the friendly atmosphere and the camaraderie between the players that really stands out. Sky Poker has a vibrant community and the Sky Poker Tour events are often used as an excuse to catch up with friends while attempting to win a bankroll-boosting sum of money. Do not get us wrong here, the Sky Poker Tour events, the players fiercely contest each tournament they enter, yet the tournaments themselves have an atmosphere that is different and more relaxed than other tours I have frequented.
The two largest winner’s prizes of the tour so far top the scales at £12,313 and £11,905 respectively. Ian Senior won the former amount when he took down the £220 buy-in Sky Poker Tour Six Max at Dusk Till Dawn earlier in the year, while American Aaron Flamand secured the latter of those two payouts when he won the opening leg at Aspers, London.
2013 Sky Poker Tour Results
|Aspers, London||£200+£20||267||Aaron Flamand||£11,905|
|Sporting Emporium, Dublin||£200+£20||127||Julian Thew||£6,600|
|Broadway Casino, Birmingham||£100+£10||205||Paul Jackson & Clare Gardner||£4,393*|
|DTD Six Max event||£200+£20||246||Ian Senior||£12,313|
|Aspers, Newcastle||£100+£10||204||Richard Knibbs||£5,520|
*Birmingham leg ended with a chop when heads-up.
Costing £300+£30 to enter, the Sky Poker Tour Grand Final is the most expensive stop on the calendar, although it is still affordable to the majority of player, especially those who want to take a shot at a significant prize pool.
Last year’s event attracted 286 players to the DTD felt, creating a prize pool of £85,800 as a result. The tournament ended in a three-way chop between Paul “Action” Jackson (£15,000), James Howard (£19,000) and eventual winner Sam Macdonald (£15,822). This year’s tournament should see a similarly sized prize pool, if not one that is even larger!
In the run up to the Grand Final, Sky Poker is hosting a myriad of satellites for those players wishing to attempt to win a £330 seat for a much smaller outlay. Buy-ins range from £3.50 and increase too £72, which means you should find a satellite to suit your budget.
Sky Poker Tour Grand Final Satellites
|SPT Grand Final Semi||£72||Every Sunday||21:15||1 in 5 win a seat to the Grand Final (1 Seat GTD)|
|SPT Grand Final Quarter Final||£16||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat||21:15||1 in 5 win a seat to the Semi-Final (2seats GTD)|
|SPT Grand Final Micro||£3.50||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat||All day||1 in 5 win a seat to the Quarter Final (1 seat GTD)|
|SPT Direct Sat||£8||Tue, Thu, Sun||15:00, 16:00, 17:00 and 19:30||1 in 10 win a seat to the Semi-Final (1 seat GTD)|
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