The bwin sponsored World Poker Tour National Marbella Main Event takes place on April 9-14 and you could be playing in the €550 buy-in event for a paltry $8.80 thanks to Grassroots Poker.
Cast your minds back to late July in 2013 when UK & Ireland PokerNews spoke to Dave Hulmes of Grassroots Poker, a new start-up in the pub poker world, but a new start-up with huge ambitions. We spoke to Hulmes prior to him running his first major live satellite where he hoped to send one lucky winner to the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. Not only did he succeed in doing this, he actually sent three players to the €1,100 bracelet event at the WSOPE such was the popularity of his tournament.
In his interview Hulmes said he was looking into running other satellites to major live events, giving grass roots players a shot at the big time. One such satellite takes place at the Grosvenor Didsbury (near Manchester) on Sunday 16 March where a World Poker Tour National Marbella package is awarded for every £1,000 in the prize pool. The live satellite costs a paltry £55 to enter and has one package guaranteed. Each WPT National Marbella package consists of:
- €550 buy-in to the WPT National Marbella Main Event
- Three night’s hotel accommodation at the four-star H10 Andalucia Plaza including double occupancy, breakfast, internet and taxes included
- Spending money of £250
It is up to the qualifier to book their own travel
What’s more, any prize money less than £1,000 with be split into £220 tickets to the popular 25/25 series that runs throughout the year at Grosvenor casinos up and down the country.
When the WPT National last dropped anchor in Marbella, 236 players bought in for a then €1650 and created a €343,380 prize pool. The lion’s share of that princely sum went to Spain’s Francisco Perez who walked away with the title of 2013 WPT National Marbella champion and the €80,000 first place prize.
As Grassroots Poker is focussed on the recreational player market, Hulmes realises that £55 may be quite costly to some of his target audience so has partnered with online poker giants 888poker to host a special feeder satellite to the live final at Didsbury. This online satellite takes place at 8:00pm UK time on March 02, is an $8.00+$8 rebuy (a maximum of five rebuys allowed) and has one £55 live satellite ticket guaranteed.
By signing up to 888poker via UK & Ireland PokerNews you can enjoy a free £12 just for signing up for a free account and when you do come to make your first deposit, the fine people at 888poker will match your first deposit’s amount 100% up to a maximum of $888!
Get involved in some grass roots poker action and see if you can win your way to sunny Marbella for as little as $8.80. Good luck!