The Grand Prix Poker Tour sponsored by partypoker promises to be a live poker tour with a difference.
It will greatly appeal to UK poker players who are unable to afford poker tournaments with large buy-ins as all its events will have buy-ins of £70 or $107. To make things better than ever, its earlier stops will have enormous guaranteed prizes of £250,000. Multiple starting days will help build these large prize pools. The only downside is that players who want to enter into a later starting flight after competing in an earlier starting flight will not be able to do so.
The first event of partypoker’s Grand Prix Poker Tour will start at Notthingham’s Dusk Till Dawn on Oct 17 – 18. Rob Yong, the owner of Dusk Till Dawn, said: “This Grand Prix Poker Tour is about revitalizing grassroots poker in the UK.”
Four of the 12 poker tournaments in the schedule are going to be played online at partypoker.com. The other tournaments will be held at some of the most renowned soccer venues in the UK. Amex Stadium, Stamford Bridge, and Old Trafford therefore will very much form part of the tour. Since these tournaments will be taking place at stadiums, and not casinos, players have to buy-in through their partypoker accounts. Therefore players who want to take part in these tournaments ought to purchase a tournament ticket at partypoker.com, and if they win any prize, it will be credited to their partypoker.com accounts.
The online tournaments that form part of this tour are quite flexible because of the Players’ Choice Tournaments, which serve as Day 1 starting flights for any tournament on the Grand Prix Poker Tour schedule. Players can carry their chip stacks of that day into Day 2 of any live poker tournament on the schedule.
The Grand Prix Poker Tour is also somewhat related to the World Poker Tour (WPT). It follows the WPT’s blind structure although the level lengths are shorter.
The Grand Prix Poker Tour also gives players a chance to take part in WPT events. All they need to do is play a Grand Prix Poker tournament well and they will win free seats to a WPT tournament.
The tour awards it top 30 players with a free seat to the WPT 2016 UK Main Event, and the rest of the players in the top 100 list will receive free seats to any WPT500 2016 event.