The popular partypoker WPT National UK tour heads to London this week for the latest £100,000 guaranteed accumulator event.
Since its creation in October 2013, the partypoker WPT National UK tour has become one of the must-play events on the busy British live tournament schedule for amateurs and professionals alike thanks to its unique structure and large prize pools.
John Ventre won the inaugural event, outlasting a field of 510 players at Aspers Casino Westfield in Stratford, London. Ventre defeated Mohammed Suhail heads-up to secure a £20,250 cash haul and to get his hands on the winner's trophy.
Five months after Ventre's victory, Laurence Houghton won the second London-based event. The online star, known as “rivermanl,” topped 763 entries to walk away with £27,500 in prize money.
The popular tour returns to Aspers on Thursday 12 February for the latest incarnation of the £200 accumulator tournament. Players can buy into one, two or all three of the starting flights and if they progress to Day 2 on more than one day, they take their chips through and accumulate them into one Day 2 stack.
In addition to the £100,000 guaranteed Main Event, there is a £110 buy-in WPTN Experience tournament, an £80 buy-in WPTN 8-Max Bounty event and a £55 WPTN Triple Chance DeepStack event taking place over the course of the festival.
2015 partypoker WPT National London Schedule
|Thu 12 Feb||2:00pm||Super Satellite to Main Event||£25 (£20 rebuys)||4,000|
|Thu 12 Feb||8:00pm||Super Satellite to Main Event||£25 (£20 rebuys)||4,000|
|Thu 12 Feb||8:00pm||Main Event Flight 1||£200||20,000|
|Fri 13 Feb||2:00pm||Main Event Flight 2||£200||20,000|
|Fri 13 Feb||8:00pm||Main Event Flight 3||£200||20,000|
|Sat 14 Feb||7:00pm||WPTN Experience||£110||15,000|
|Sun 15 Feb||2:00pm||WPTN 8-Max Bounty||£80||10,000|
|Sun 15 Feb||6:00pm||WPTN TC DeepStack||£55 (£30 rebuys)||20,000|
Some of the UK's most familiar faces are set to complete for the title including Sin Melin, Charles Chatta, James “Flushy” Dempsey and Steve Watts among scores of others going to show how prestigious the tour has become in such a short period of time.
Speaking of the tour, PokerNews' Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters said: "Not every poker player has a few thousand dollars laying around to buy into a World Poker Tour event, but that’s where the WPT National series comes in. If you’re looking for the same WPT feel without the large price tag, these events are for you, and the WPT National London is right around the corner with an affordable buy-in of just £200. In addition, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to provide live coverage of the event, and it’s the perfect chance for players to make a name for themselves."