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Inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour Kicks Off At DTD This Weekend

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  • All buy-ins for the Grand Prix Poker Tour are processed via players' partypoker accounts

  • Each leg needs 4,166 entries in order for the £250,000 guarantee to be hit

When the partypoker Grand Prix Million took place at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in May 2015, it missed its ambitious $1 million guarantee by some $275,000. This fact hasn’t deterred Rob Yong, the DTD owner, from attempting to run a tournament that requires more than 4,000 entrants to hit it’s guarantee, in fact he’s put his neck on the line and is trying to do just that every month for the next year!

The first of these 12 tournaments begins this weekend at DTD in Nottingham, the opening leg of the Grand Prix Poker Tour. Costing £60+£10 to enter – players can use $10 tickets they’ve won at partypoker – this and each stop on the Grand Prix Poker Tour requires 4,166 entries in order for the £250,000 guarantee to be reached, a task made more difficult by the removal of same day re-entries.

Yong is an advocate of grassroots poker and is adamant he wants to level the playing field by making each starting flight a freezeout, although players are permitted to buy into subsequent Day 1’s if they wish even if they progress to Day 2 at the first attempt. Players unhappy with the size of the stack they made Day 2 with can forfeit their chips and take another shot during a later Day 1.

The DTD leg of the Grand Prix Poker Tour has seven live Day 1’s and 10 online Day 1’s, with the first four of the live starting flights running this weekend alongside the UK Team Championship live final. Each live Day 1 plays to a 30-minute clock (except the turbo which has a 15-minute clock) and sees 18 levels played before play ends.

Online grinders play the same number of levels and have the same 20,000 starting stack, but lock horns over 12-minute levels due to the faster pace of online play.

2015 Grand Prix Poker Tour DTD Schedule

DateTimeBuy-inTournamentChipsClock
Sat 10 Oct2:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sat 10 Oct6:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sun 11 Oct12:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sun 11 Oct4:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Mon 12 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Mon 12 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Tue 13 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Tue 13 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Wed 14 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Wed 14 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Thu 15 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Thu 15 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Fri 16 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Fri 16 Oct7:00pm$100+$9Online Day 120,00012-mins
Sat 17 Oct12:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sat 17 Oct4:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sat 17 Oct12:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sat 17 Oct4:00pm£60+£10Live Day 120,00030-mins
Sat 17 Oct8:00pm£60+£10Live Day 1 Turbo20,00015-mins

Future stops on the Grand Prix Poker Tour see Yong and his team head to various football stadiums around the United Kingdom including Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, St. James’ Park, Brighton’s Amex Stadium and the home of Leeds United, Elland Road.

For more details of the Grand Prix Poker Tour check out this UK & Ireland PokerNews article.

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