On Thursday, the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) will head to the Isle of Man at the historic Villa Marina venue in Douglas. From October 1-4, the stop will feature non-stop poker action, including 13 PokerStars-sanctioned events.
"Located in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency and has been the home of PokerStars since 2005," PokerStars boasts. "With a thriving poker scene, friendly locals, and a venue right on the sea front, UKIPT Isle of Man will be one of the most unforgettable stops on Season 5."
Interestingly, the stop will also play host to the Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, which will run from October 2-11.
"Any player who has attended a PokerStars-sponsored live poker tournament knows how fun and profitable they can be."
The stop, which requires players only be 18 years old, includes 13 events with the premier event being a £400 + £40 Main Event, which the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture the action. Of course players will have the opportunity to use the My Stack app to update their hands and chip counts straight into the live blog.
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"Any player who has attended a PokerStars-sponsored live poker tournament knows how fun and profitable they can be," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "The UKIPT Isle of Man epitomises those two things, by bringing together an affordable, but marquee poker tournament with a fun experience both on and off the felt. For those who can’t afford the €5,000 price tag of European Poker Tour events, the UKIPT is where it’s at."
Last year, 24-year-old Josh Hart topped a field of 402 players to secure his first ever UKIPT title and £57,484. Hart, a 24 year-old online professional, made a heads-up deal with Irishman Ciaran Heaney where they virtually chopped the prize money and played for £5,000 and the title.
Here's a look at the UKIPT Isle of Man schedule:
|Date||Time||#||Event||Buy-In||Starting Stack||Level Time||Registration Closes After|
|October 1 - Thursday||20:30||1||NL - Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to UKIPT Main Event||£60 + £5||10,000||20 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 1 - Thursday||12:00||2||UKIPT Main Event - Day 1A - (One Re-entry Per Flight)||£400 + £40||25,000||45 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 1 - Thursday||18:00||3||NL - Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to UKIPT Main Event||£60 + £5||7,000||20 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 1 - Thursday||20:00||4||NL - Hold’em Turbo||£50 + £5||8,000||15 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 2 - Friday||12:00||2||UKIPT Main Event - Day 1B - (One Re-entry Per Flight)||£400 + £40||25,000||45 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 2 - Friday||18:00||5||NL - One Rebuy/One Add on Super Satellite to HR (Max Spend Allowed)||£75 + £10, £75 Rebuy/Add On||2,500 - (5,000 AO)||25/20 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 2 - Friday||18:00||6||Combined Chess & NL Hold’em (40 player cap)||£150 + £15||7000 +7000*||15 Minutes||NO LATE REG|
|October 2 - Friday||20:00||7||NL - Hold’em Deepstack Turbo Win The Button||£150 + £15||8,000||15 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 2 - Friday||22:00||8||NL - Late Night Turbo||£250 + £25||10,000||15 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 3 - Saturday||12:00||2||UKIPT Main Event - Day 2||CLOSED||CLOSED||60 Minutes||CLOSED|
|October 3 - Saturday||12:00||9||NL - Hold’em High Roller - 8 Handed - Single Re-Entry||£1000 + £100||25,000||40 Minutes||Level 6|
|October 3 - Saturday||12:00||10||NL - Hold’em Turbo Freezeout Satellite to Isle of Man Cup||£50 + £5||5,000||10 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 3 - Saturday||12:00||11||NL - Isle of Man Cup Flight 1A - (One Entry Per Flight)||£200 + £20||15,000||30 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 3 - Saturday||17:15||11||NL - Isle of Man Cup Flight 1B - (One Entry Per Flight)||£200 + £20||15,000||30 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 3 - Saturday||21:00||12||Helping Hands Charity NL Hold’em Invitational||£50||10,000||10 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 4 - Sunday||12:00||2||UKIPT Main Event - Final Day||CLOSED||CLOSED||60 Minutes||CLOSED|
|October 4 - Sunday||12:00||12||PLO - Double Chance||£100 + £10||6,000 + 6,000||30 Minutes||Level 4|
|October 4 - Sunday||12:00||10||NL - Isle of Man Cup Day 2||CLOSED||CLOSED||40 Minutes||CLOSED|
|October 4 - Sunday||14:00||13||NL - Hold’em Turbo - Super Deepstack - EPT Edition||£100 + £10||30,000||15 Minutes||Level 8|
For those interested in attending the UKIPT, there are only two ways to get there. The first is by air, and the other is by sea (Consult the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for that). Regarding air travel, five airlines currently serve the Isle of Man:
- Aer Lingus - Fly from Dublin.
- British Airways - Fly from London City Airport.
- CityWing - Fly from Glasgow, Belfast City, Blackpool, Gloucester, and Newcastle.
- easyjet - Fly from Liverpool, Bristol, and London Gatwick.
- Flybe - Fly from Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Stansted, and Mancheste
Once there, buses run from the airport every 20 minutes. Taxis are also available and should run players £18 - £23.
For more information on the UKIPT Isle of Man, visit ukipt.com.