Stamford Bridge is the home to Chelsea F.C. Saturday’s are usually spent hosting Barclays Premier League games, but this weekend the stadium is going to be full of poker players not football fans because the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour heads there.
Dusk Till Dawn was the venue for the inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour leg and saw more than 3,700 players exchange £60+£10 for the chance to become the tournament’s champion. With the event needing 4,166 players to hit the lofty £250,000 guarantee, Rob Yong and Co. were left adding value to the tournament, something capitalised on by Benjamin Preece who collected a cool £35,000 for his eventual victory.
This latest leg is the first time the Grand Prix Poker Tour has headed away from DTD and into an iconic football stadium, and the organisers are pulling out all of the stops to ensure it goes off without a hitch and everyone competing in it enjoys themselves as much as possible.
The highlight of the Stamford Bridge leg is obviously the £60+£10 buy-in Main Event and its £250,000 guaranteed prize pool. Two online legs remain, both at partypoker, with one running at 8:00 pm on November 27 and the final online leg taking place at 8:00 pm on November 28.
Those players preferring the live poker experience can head to Aspers Casino in Stratford at 7:00 pm on November 27 and try to progress to Sunday’s Day 2 there. There are then three Day 1s held at Stamford Bridge, all on November 28.
Early birds are catered for because the first flight opens its doors at 11:00 am, with subsequent flights running at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Each Day 1 is a freezeout, but players can buy back in on the next available Day 1. What’s more, even if they progress to Day 2, if they’re not happy with their stack size, they can play another Day 1 and take their largest stack through to Day 2, forfeiting any other stacks in the process.
For the first time on the tour, there is a High Roller event taking place. At 7:00 pm at Aspers Casino, a £1,000+£100 buy-in High Roller takes place that features a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The second and final day of the High Roller is held in Stamford Bridge where the DTD team plan to stream it until completion.
High Rollers have the option to re-enter once per Day 1 and once up to the first levels of Day 2. Anyone not wishing to play a Day 1 of the High Roller can enter on Day 2 with a 50 big blind stack at their disposal.
Social media is today awash with people hunting for value on Black Friday, but the real value is in London this weekend and at Stamford Bridge in particular.