It is not only Las Vegas, Nevada where the tournament poker action is as hot as the weather because in the next few days the latest leg of the PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) kicks off in Marbella, Spain.
Once again the UKIPT is combining with the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) to create an action-packed, week-long festival of poker than runs from June 15 through to June 21.
The busy tournament schedule features a number of different variants including the popular Win The Button, nightly turbos, live satellites, pot limit Omaha, a High Roller and the showpiece of the UKIPT Marbella festival the €1,000+€100 buy-in Main Event.
When the inaugural UKIPT Marbella Main Event took place in June 2013 it marked the first time the tour had ventured outside of the UK & Ireland. It turned out to be a great decision by the UKIPT management team not least because the Main Event attracted 763 players. Those hopefuls were all outlasted by Scottish grinder Ludovic Geilich who walked away with the title of champion, the trophy and €130,000 after a three-way deal.
Since that day, Geilich has gone on to become one of the UK's most respected live tournament players and a regular on the European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker.
Twelve months later, 720 players turned out for the second instalment of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event. UK duo Sam Grafton and the Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody reached the final table – finishing in ninth and eighth place – while Spain’s Rodrigo Espinosa claimed the victory, defeating Christian Bauer heads-up to scoop a cool €136,000.
You may recall that Cody actually flew all the way from Las Vegas to Marbella to compete in the event, such is the draw of the UKIPT.
UKIPT Season 4 Marbella Festival Schedule
|Mon 15 Jun||7:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Tue 16 Jun||5:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Tue 16 Jun||7:00pm||€200+€20 NL Hold’em Turbo Deepstack Win The Button|
|Wed 17 Jun||12:00pm||€1,000+€100 PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 1a|
|Wed 17 Jun||5:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to Main Event|
|Wed 17 Jun||8:00pm||€200+€20 NL Hold’em Deepstack Turbo|
|Thu 18 Jun||12:00pm||€1,000+€100 PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 1b|
|Thu 18 Jun||6:00pm||€250+€25 Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance|
|Thu 18 Jun||8:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em One Rebuy/One Add-on Satellite to High Roller|
|Fri 19 Jun||12:00pm||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 2|
|Fri 19 Jun||12:30pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em One Rebuy/One Add-on Satellite to High Roller|
|Fri 19 Jun||5:00pm||€2,000+€200 NL Hold’em High Roller 8-Max Single Re-entry|
|Fri 19 Jun||8:00pm||€300+€30 Marbella Festival Poker Cup Day 1a Single Re-entry per day|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Day 3|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||High Roller Day 2|
|Sat 20 Jun||12:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em Six-Handed Hyper Turbo|
|Sat 20 Jun||3:00pm||€300+€30 Marbella Festival Poker Cup Day 1b Single Re-entry per day|
|Sat 20 Jun||8:00pm||€300+€30 Marbella Festival Poker Cup Turbo Day 1c Single Re-entry per day|
|Sun 21 Jun||12:00pm||Marbella Festival Poker Cup Final Day|
|Sun 21 Jun||12:15pm||PokerStars Marbella Festival Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 21 Jun||2:00pm||€150+€15 NL Hold’em Turbo Super Deepstack EPT Edition|
Those of you who don’t want to immerse yourselves fully in the poker action will be delighted to learn that PokerStars is spreading a whole host of off-the-felt activities including karting, flyboarding, hoverboarding, water scooter, parasailing, wakeboarding, pedal boats and an official party at Guey Marbella that takes place from 10:00pm until late on June 20 and that has an open bar for the first two hours – what’s not to like about that?
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews throughout the UKIPT Marbella Main Event as we bring you daily recaps of the action after play ends.