Friday September 21,2012 : UK AND IRELAND POKER TOUR SET TO GO ONLINE
Mid October date set for first internet stop
For the first time in three seasons, the Pokerstars UK and Ireland Poker Tour is set to host a stop in cyberspace.
The inaugural UKIPT online tournament is scheduled to kick off from 14-15 October on PokerStars.com.
The UKIPT Online tournament features the same GBP 700 buy-in as live tour stops – albeit with a reduced GBP 35 registration fee – and a comparative structure featuring 10,000 chip starting stacks and a 20 minute clock at 8-handed tables.
Play will begin at 16:00 GMT on 14 October and will end at around 00:35 the next morning. Players will then take a break until the tournament resumes at 19:00 on 15 October and will play down to a final table of eight players, which will be contested live at the UKIPT Bristol event on 7 November.
All players who make the final table will automatically receive a UKIPT Bristol package that includes buy-in to the event and travel expenses – so getting to the final table will not incur any extra expense – and the winner of the event will receive entry into the Champion of Champions event.
The online leg will also feature a handful of side events including a heads-up tournament, a PLO event and an 8-game mix in the run-up to the main event.
Satellite qualifiers are already up and running on PokerStars.