In less than two weeks’ time, on October 30, the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) heads to the home of PokerStars for the first time in its history and PokerNews is proud to be covering the whole shebang. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on the ground throughout UKIPT Isle of Man festival, but will it be you who we are writing about?
In this article you will discover how to qualify for UKIPT Isle of Man, which hotels to stay in, how to get there and suggestions for a fun and unique way of qualifying for what should be an amazing poker festival.
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- How to qualify for the UKIPT Isle of Man festival.
- Where to stay on the Isle of Man.
- How to get to the Isle of Man.
- Set up your own Home Game UKIPT Isle of Man satellite.
- Sign up for a PokerStars account.
How to Qualify for the UKIPT Isle of Man Festival
The best place to qualify for any UKIPT event is at the world’s biggest online poker site PokerStars. Regardless of the size of your bankroll, you will be able to find a satellite that fits your budget perfectly.
Your cheapest UKIPT Isle of Man satellite will not break the bank because it is a freeroll tournament! These UKIPT Isle of Man Nightly Freerolls run every evening at 20:00 UK time and see the top 10 players progress to the weekly final.
Those of you who have been playing for real money and have built up a collection of Frequent Player Points (FPPs) will be happy to know there are FPP satellites running daily, too. These Hyper Turbo games run at 7:52 p.m UK time and 10:22 p.m. UK time costing 2,500 and 1,620 FPPs respectively.
Should you wish to miss out the freeroll and FPP satellites and start a little further up the qualification ladder there are plenty of options to choose from. With buy-ins ranging from £0.50 and steadily increasing to £215, you are sure to find a tournament that fulfils your needs. Here are a selection of our favourite satellites:
- £2.20 rebuy (3 seats to the £162 qualifier GTD) at 6:07 p.m
- £20 freezeout (1 seat to the £162 qualifier GTD) at 7:17 p.m .
- £5.50 rebuy (1 UKIPT Isle of Man seat GTD) at 7:22 p.m
- £162 UKIPT Isle of Man Qualifier (3 packages GTD) at 8:02 p.m
Once you reach the UKIPT Isle of Man Qualifiers, you have the choice of Seat Only and Package. Seat Only is exactly what it suggests, a seat to the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event worth £1,100. The Package consists of £1,100 tournament entry, hotel for the duration of the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event, and £175 spending money.
Where to Stay on the Isle of Man
Despite the island only measuring 32 miles (52km) long by 14 miles (22km) wide, the Isle of Man has a good selection of hotels to choose from should you want to head there on your own steam or after having won a Seat Only satellite at PokerStars.
According to Trip Advisor, the number one ranked Isle of Man hotel is Inglewood on Palace terrace, Queens Promenade. Costing £42.50 per person per night (including breakfast), staying at Inglewood will not break the bank and with the hotel only being 3.5 km away from where UKIPT Isle of Man is taking place, traveling to and from it should be cheap and easy, too. The only downside is Inglewood only caters for 16 rooms, so booking early is essential.
Other highly recommended places to rest your weary head include The Welbeck Hotel (approx. £90 per night), The Devonian (approx. £51 per night), Mereside (approx. £70 per night) and Ascot Hotel (approx. £70 per night).
How to Get to the Isle of Man
Being an island in the Irish, there are two way that you can travel to the Isle of Man. The first, and more popular, is by air and the second is by sea. Currently, five airlines offer flights to the Isle of Man, check the list below to see where they service from.
- Aer Lingus – Fly from Dublin.
- British Airways – Fly from London City Airport.
- CityWing – Fly from Anglesey, Belfast City, Blackpool, Gloucester, Jersey and Newcastle.
- easyjet – Fly from Liverpool and London Gatwick.
- Flybe – Fly from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton.
Sea travellers should contact the Steam Packet Company (+44 1624 661 661) to arrange transport. There are two sea options, the conventional ferry called Ben-my-Chree that sets sail from Birkenhead, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast or by the fast craft, Manannan, that runs between march and November from Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast.
Both services dock at the Sea terminal in Douglas where there are car rental terminals, a taxi rank and a bus station.
Create Your Own UKIPT Isle of Man Satellite
It is not only through the plethora of PokerStars satellites that you can qualify for the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event, you can also take advantage of the superb and free PokerStars Home Games.
In the Home Games section of the PokerStars software, you can create your very own poker club that is only open to people who know your invitation code. You can set up cash games and tournaments to take on your friends, family and whoever you want to play against!
Why not create a one-off satellite type tournament among your members where the winner heads to UKIPT Isle of Man? Or how about a league where the eventual winner represents your Home Games Club at UKIPT Isle of Man. The possibilities are endless.
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