UKIPT Isle of Man satellites to add seats in advance of historic week

Next week at this time, the UKIPT will host the £500,000 guaranteed Isle of Man Main Event, and--I say this without a hint of hyperbole--it's going to be unlike any PokerStars event you have ever seen.

Not only will this be the first-ever major PokerStars event in the city of its headquarters, but it will also offer you an opportunity to do some things you have never done, see some things you have never seen, and meet some people you may know but have never met face-to-face.

And that's why this weekend's big UKIPT satellite is such a good deal.

This Sunday, PokerStars is hosting a £215 mega qualifier (cheaper qualifiers available) with ten seats added to the prize pool. That's right. You buy in to the sat and PokerStars will add £11,000 in value. You win, and you're on your way to an event like you have never seen before. Why? I'll tell you all about it below.

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Villa Marina, home to the UKIPT Isle of Man event (photo courtesy Jim Linwood)



Event attracting top pros

This event is a like homecoming for PokerStars (more on that below). It's also attracting some of PokerStars' top professionals from Team Pro and Team Online. As the EPT and WSOP-E wrap up their October runs, many of PokerStars' familiar faces will be heading across the Irish sea to compete in the UKIPT Isle of Man event.

Oh, and some of them will be giving away up to 10% of their winnings.

Here are some of the folks we're expecting to see at the tables and around Douglas next week.

  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Jason Mercier
  • Isaac Haxton
  • David Williams
  • Barry Greenstein
  • Liv Boeree
  • Jake Cody
  • Andre Coimbra
  • Vicky Coren
  • Fatima Moreira de Melo
  • Mickey Peterson
  • Dale Philip
  • Vanessa Rousso
  • Adrienne Rowsome
  • Felix Schneiders
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    The WSOP's new Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu on his way to Isle of Man

    You'll also have a chance to hang out with Negreanu et al in the player lounge in the Villa Marina 11:00am - 12pm on Saturday (this is given that they get up on time after the party described below).


    Full slate of tournaments on offer

    While the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event is the main attraction, this is a full festival of tournaments that will include at least a couple of tournaments per day with buy-ins ranging from £110 to £2,200. There will also be cash games on demand.

    For a full schedule of tournaments and event details, see the UKIPT Isle of Man homepage.


    See PokerStars HQ

    In all the years you have played on PokerStars, you might have asked yourself, "Where do they actually do all this?"

    This is the answer.

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    PokerStars headquarters on the Isle of Man


    If you make it to the Isle of Man next week and want to see where the magic happens, you can go inside. PokerStars has scheduled office tours for anyone who wants one. On Thursday and Friday, you can get a shuttle at the Villa Marina to the office at 11am, 12pm and 2pm.


    Oh, about that party?

    Come on, you didn't think PokerStars was going to throw a big tournament without a party involved did you?

    On Friday November 1, PokerStars will host a an open-bar party at the Tahiko Nightclub beginning at 21:00 and running until you-should-be-in-bed-time.

    PokerStars will have free-run of the place until 23:00, at which point the party will continue but the free bar will close and the public will start to arrive. Nevertheless, there will be a PokerStars exclusive room open until 3am. (Three in the morning? That has to be a misprint, right? No. Very well, then. Reminder: pack Red Bull).

    There is also word of a costume contest to be judged by Lee Jones that will award a £1,100 UKIPT Nottingham 6 Max Main Event seat. So, if the thing wasn't already going to be out of hand, there you go.

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    Judge and jury, Lee Jones

    There will also be an open-bar VIP Club Party on Wednesday, October 30 which promises to be an insane affair. You can find full details of that on the VIP Club Live page.


    Want to work for PokerStars?

    As I travel all over the world, one of the most common questions I get is, "So, how do I get a job working for PokerStars?" Well, at the UKIPT event, that question will be pretty darned easy to answer.

    PokerStars is always looking for good talent and will be hosting a job fair on Thursday and Friday in Villa Marina foyer 10:00am - 17:00pm.


    Play with the PokerStars staff

    Have you ever wondered how well the PokerStars staff actually plays poker? The UKIPT Isle of Man event could be your chance.

    As you might have read here before, this will be the first time in PokerStars' history that it has let its staffers play in one of its Main Events. When Lee Jones wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, he likened it to a massive home game.

    "Look, we're mildly obsessive about our obligation to provide a fair and unbiased poker tournament to everybody and this doesn't change that. We just feel that this is an incredible opportunity to get PokerStars employees and our customers gathered around tables where they can meet, exchange ideas, and have a great poker game. We think it will be a great time for all and a chance for us to show that we play poker as well as we deliver it online. Or don't."


    Who on the staff is going to play? Well, that's still up in the air. But don't be surprised if you look up at an opponent, ask what her PokerStars screen name is, and hear the answer, "Host Julia."

    You can read Lee's full story right here.


    Expanded PokerStars Blog coverage

    Because this is such a special event for PokerStars, we will be sending an expanded UKIPT crew to cover the festival and everything around it. Staff writer Rick Dacey and UKIPT regular Nick Wright will be on top of all the live coverage from the the tournament floor.

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    This is what Rick Dacey looks like (he's the one with the tea...always)

    I will be making the trip, too, and looking for some of the most interesting stories I can find off the table, around the Isle of Man, and inside PokerStars' headquarters. Have a story? Come find me and tell me. I'll be the guy who looks lost and thirsty.

    If you're going to be there, let us know on the PokerStars Blog Twitter account or come up and say hello when you get there. If you can't make it, follow all the coverage live right here on the PokerStars Blog.

    We hope to see you there.

    Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in UKIPT