38-event festival heads to Grand Connaught Rooms from October 2-12
The European Poker Tour today announced the 38-event schedule for the Season 10 London Poker Festival, which will feature a £50,000 Super High Roller event for the first time. The London stop, which will take place from October 2-12, is also set for a brand new venue at the beautiful Grand Connaught Rooms in central London.
Europe’s richest poker tour will once again join forces with the UK & Ireland Poker Tour for its London stop to create a spectacular ten-day poker festival. The local tour partnerships was an innovation introduced by the EPT in Season 9 to bring players an even greater selection of buy-ins and game types, creating a poker festival that truly offers something for everyone.
Last season’s London Poker Festival attracted almost 2,000 players and paid out more than £8 million in prizes. This year, the UKIPT £1,100 Main Event will kick off proceedings on October 2, while the six-day £5,250 EPT Main Event runs from October 6-12. Sergio Aido from Spain, and Dutch pro Ruben Visser, were last season’s UKIPT and EPT Main Event champions, who topped fields of 1,098 and 646 players respectively to take home £144,555 and £595,000.
First EPT London Super High Roller
The three-day £50,000 Super High Roller event will be the first of its kind to take place at EPT London. It will run from October 4-6, and is expected to attract over 60 players from the cream of the international poker elite, including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov. Speaking about the upcoming event, Daniel Negreanu said: “I think London is the perfect venue for a high buy in event and it’s sure to attract all the heavy hitters. It’s one I definitely won’t be missing!”
The London Poker Festival schedule features the greatest selection of game varieties of any event in the UK this year, with plenty on offer for players of all levels. For lovers of Omaha, there are a host of events, including a £330 NLO8 Deepstack Turbo, a £555 PLO Hi/Lo, a £550 PLO 8/Stud 8 Mix, plus a £1,100 PLO Heads Up. In addition, there will be two High Roller events – the £2,200 UKIPT High Roller and the £10,300 EPT High Roller – and a £330 Women’s event. There will also be a £2,200 Open Face Chinese event, which appears for the first time on the schedule.
Hippodrome cash games
This year, The Hippodrome Casino, home of PokerStars Live lounge in Leicester Square, will play host to the cash games for the duration of the London festival. With over twenty tables available around the clock and offering a range of games and stakes for action 24/7.
Simon Thomas, co-owner of The Hippodrome Casino said “we are delighted to be the co-hosts of the London Poker Festival for 2013, and look forward to welcoming the world’s poker elite to London and The Hippodrome Casino. The partnership with Pokerstars has brought a new era of cash poker to the capital and we hope to extend that with record breaking numbers for this highly anticipated event.”
Below are details of rake levels for all games:
Blinds Rake for five or more players
Up to £2/£5 5% capped at £10
£5/£10 5% capped at £15
£10/£20 5% capped at £15
Higher stakes 5% capped at £20
Chinese Open Face £10 per person session fee
Rake for four or less players is 5% capped at amount of players at the table
EPT10 London satellites
The best way of securing a seat at the London festival is to qualify online at PokerStars.com. Last season, hundreds of players qualified for both the EPT Main Event and the UKIPT Main Event online at PokerStars.com, taking home £1.2 million between them. Satellites for October’s event are running now from as little as £1.10 at PokerStars.com.