UKIPT5 London: Season five is go as the High Rollers roll in

They say Thursday is the new Friday but can Tuesday be the new Saturday?

The High Roller event at most UKIPT stops is a two day event starting on Day 2 of the Main Event - usually a Saturday. It's been that way for most stops over the first four seasons of the UKIPT with Season 4 in Nottingham a notable exception.

That was the last time the tour bumped the High Rolling price of poker up to £3,000 and was also the last time the High Roller was placed at the start of a UKIPT festival. Today not only is the £3,000 + £250 High Roller getting a festival under way, it's getting an entire season under way.

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The Hippodrome Casino is hosting the first event of Season 5

It seems like only a few months ago that Brett Angell won the Main Event at the last stop of Season 4, also in London, and that's because it was. It's been a brief three month hiatus but the UKIPT is back for more with 12 events scheduled between now and Sunday. There's been some changes but the fundamental tenets of the UKIPT remain the same.

Action has just got under way here in the High Roller with 21 players in their seats, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody is on the player list but has not yet arrived. More will join those already playing just as soon as the £250 one re-buy and add-on satellite finishes.There were 35 entrants in that and after 11 re-buys and 29 add-ons it created five seats and £1,937 for sixth. There's currently six players left so they've all got a return on their investment.

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Cody - fashionably late (pictured at the 2015 PCA)

The plan for today is to play 12 levels, which at 40 minutes a piece, means play will end around 1.45 am. If you're reading this and fancy a crack at it, then you should know that late registration closes at the end of level six - roughly 9.15pm. We'll be providing colour posts today and then sporadic updates alongside Main Event coverage tomorrow with more frequent updates once the tournament reaches the business end.

Season five is alive, stay right here for six days of coverage.

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT5 London: Nick Wright. Photos in this post by Neil Stoddart and Joe Giron.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT