St. James’ Park hasn’t been the happiest of places this season as Newcastle United languish in the Premier League’s relegation zone. This weekend, however, the boos and jeers are replaced by the sounds of riffling chips thanks to the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour heading to the stadium.
The Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) is a $250,000 guaranteed no limit hold’em tournament that plays out in iconic football stadiums around the United Kingdom. Its $109 buy-in is the perfect level for grassroots poker players, but the massive guarantee also attracts more established players, professionals even.
Dusk Till Dawn’s casino has already hosted a GPPT, as has Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, with a leg playing out online at partypoker, too. This weekend, the GPPT heads up the A1 to Newcastle for the fifth stop on the fledgling tour.
On Friday 19 February, at 6:00 pm, there is a live Day 1 playing out at Aspers Casino in Newcastle, which is the same time that Day 1 the £500+£50 buy-in High Roller takes place. The final online Day 1, held on partypoker, kicks off at 8:00 pm on February 18.
Those poker players wanting to experience the feeling of playing poker in one of British footballs most iconic stadiums need to head to St. James’ Park from 1:00 pm on Saturday 20 February armed with $109. Once there, they can use their partypoker account to buy into the $250,000 guaranteed Main Event.
Everyone starts with 20,000 chips and plays to a 30-minute clock with blinds starting at 50/100 – online legs play to the same structure, but blind levels are 12-minutes in length due to the speed online games are dealt.
2016 Grand Prix Poker Tour St. James’ Park Schedule
Although the Newcastle leg is yet to be completed, plans for the next online leg of the tour are already underway.
Like the live editions, the GPPT online costs $109 to enter and has a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool, but takes place at partypoker. If you download partypoker via UK & Ireland PokerNews and use the bonus code UKPNEWS when making your first deposit, you’ll receive a 100% match bonus of up to £250.