The UKIPT reaches Edinburgh
We'll let our players decide which their favourite PokerStars events are. But few would doubt how magnificent a place Edinburgh is to play.
It's with that back drop of culture and architecture which the UKIPT rolled into the Scottish capital today, with the festival opening with an undercard featuring a low stakes Turbo and a £100 + £10 freezeout into the Main Event, to be played at the Genting Club Casino at the Fountain Park Entertainment Centre.
For its part the Main Event, with a buy-in of £700 + £70, begins tomorrow at 12 noon. That's when Day 1A players will start their bid to repeat what Dean Hutchison did a little more than 18 months ago.
That was the most recent visit the tour made to Edinburgh, back in January 2014. It proved a finale fitting an event with a £500,000 prize pool and a field of 427 players.
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It came down to a heads-up encounter between Hutchison and Team Pro Liv Boeree, one in which Hutchison found a miracle river card to turn the outcome upside down. Hutchison denied Boeree a second major title of her career, while picking up a winner's check worth £93,900.
This will be the fifth visit for the festival, and a little digging around our UKIPT coverage page will lead you to results and stories from previous incarnations.
That coverage will commence tomorrow and the Main Event gets underway, continuing through to the final table on Sunday. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for all the action.
That freezeout satellite we mentioned earlier starts at 8pm UK time tonight by the way. If you hurry you still have time to make it.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.