PokerStars reveals UKIPT Season 2 schedule
PokerStars has announced the schedule for the second season of the UKIPT, which will kick off in Galway on December 2, 2010.
The tour's inaugural season, which comes to a close this week at the Grand Final/EPT London, has so far paid out more than £2million in prize money, which is certain to increase in Season 2 with higher guarantees for a number of the stops.
Season 2 takes in eight destinations before the Grand Final at EPT London next September, with two new host venues to look forward to. The fourth stop will put Cork on the map with a €100,000 guaranteed tournament with a €500 + 60 buy-in, while the Aspers Casino, Newcastle, is the location for the fifth stop, with a £500 + £50 Main Event featuring a £100,000 guarantee.
UKIPT Host Nick Wealthall said: "The response from players to season 1 was overwhelming and really exciting to be a part of. Season 2 promises to be even bigger, but we won't lose what makes the tour special: great value, local character and the most fun you can have at a poker tournament."
New Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree will also be a major presence on the tour, and will be hoping to add a UKIPT title to her EPT San Remo win. Boeree said: "I can't wait to play the UKIPT this year as a Team PokerStars Pro. The first stop in Galway is sure to have a stellar field and a huge prize pool, so it would be great to kick off the season with a win there!"
The first stop of Season 2 in Galway takes place on December 2 -5, with the €1,000 + 100 Main Event guaranteeing a €250,000 prize pool. This is followed in February by a return to the Dusk Till Dawn poker room in Nottingham, where £200,000 will be guaranteed for the £500 + 60 Main Event. The full schedule can be found here:
Galway, IE Dec 2-5 Radisson Hotel €1,000 + 100
Nottingham, UK Feb 11-14 Dusk Till Dawn £500 + 60
Manchester, UK Mar 10-14 G Casino £500 + 50
Cork, IE May 19-22 Rochestown Park €500 + 60
Newcastle, UK Jun 16-20 Aspers Casino £500 + 50
Brighton, UK Jul 14-18 Rendezvous Casino £500 + 50
Edinburgh, UK Aug 11-15 Corn Exchange £500 + 50
For more information, please see the UKIPT website.