£1 million guarantee for UKIPT Nottingham

Bigger is better, right? Well, when it comes to prize guarantees at a poker tournament, then the higher they are, the happier we are. With that in mind, you should be as content as a hippo in a mud bath after reading this: PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham will now have a £1 million guarantee. And to cater for the hoards who will be heading for Robin Hood country, an extra Day 1 has been added to the schedule.

Last year, Season 2 of the UKIPT, Gareth Walker walked off with the Nottingham trophy and a £109,000 first prize after besting a massive 1,058 field. With this year's buy-in set at £700 + £70, simple math tells you that the organisers expect more than 1,400 runners this year in order to reach the guarantee.

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Gareth Walker

To do that, they have added an extra Day 1 to the event, which now runs at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club from Wednesday April 11 through Monday April 16. It will be by far a record field for a freezeout tournament in the UK.

If that is not tempting enough, get this: Cash satellites to win your £700 seat start at just £1.10 on PokerStars. £1.10? That's wouldn't even get you a coffee, but on PokerStars it could be an investment that nets you a massive pay day. While I'm at it, I should mention that PokerStars has greatly increased the number of guaranteed qualifiers for all UKIPT Season 3 events. Check out the PokerStars lobby, Events>>Special>>All tabs to find out more.

UKIPT President Kirsty Thompson said: "We are delighted to announce a guaranteed £1 million prize pool for the UKIPT Nottingham event. The UKIPT has seen huge growth year on year, and the £1 million guarantee cements our position as the premium live poker tour in the UK & Ireland."

As usual, PokerStars Blog will be covering the main event from start to finish. Will we be writing about you when we do our final report?

Good luck, and be sure to check out the full UKIPT Nottingham schedule.

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in UKIPT