UKIPT Set To Go Online This October
For the first time in three seasons, the UK and Ireland Poker Tour is set to host a stop in cyberspace as the inaugural UKIPT online tournament kicks off from 14-15 October on PokerStars.
The UKIPT Online tournament features the same £700 buy-in as live tour stops – albeit with a reduce £35 registration fee – and a comparative structure featuring 10,000 chip starting stacks and a 20 minute clock at 8-handed tables. However, this being UKIPT there is of course a twist.
Play will begin at 16:00 on 14 October and will end at around 00:35 the next morning. Players will then get 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.
As with other UKIPT stops, 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 and satellite qualifiers are already up and running on PokerStars for players wishing to conserve their bankroll.