If you happen to be walking around Douglas, Isle of Man this week, be ready to see the town in a whole new way.
This week, the UK & Ireland Poker Tour is back on the Isle of Man for the third consecutive year, and the celebration will be bigger than ever. This year, PokerStars celebrates ten years of being on the island, and part of that celebration is an insanely cool (and free-to-see) 3D projection and light show.
PokerStars Interim CEO Michael Hazel said, “PokerStars have had a great 10 years on the Island. We are extremely proud to be part of the local community and are delighted they can share in our celebrations. Here’s to continuing to work together into the future.”
PokerStars and all of its employees have long been grateful to the people of the Isle of Man, and this year’s UKIPT festival is just one way to say thank you for ten years of hospitality. There will be 3D projection and lighting spectacular shows in the Villa Marina gardens with the theme of celebrating the Isle of Man as a nation. The shows, which will run for around five minutes and will be repeated each night of the upcoming UK & Ireland Poker Tour Isle of Man, will be open to the public and free. Here are the showtimes:
Wednesday, September 30th @ 8pm
Thursday, October 1st @ 8pm and 9pm
Friday, October 2nd @ 8pm and 9pm
Saturday, October 3rd @ 8.30pm (this performance will end with a three-minute firework display)
Of course, there will also be poker. This year’s festival has 13 tournaments, including the £440 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning October 1. Just as it did last year, the festival will overlap with the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament (we’ll have more on that later this week).
PokerStars Mind Sport Ambassador, Jen Shahade said, “It’s great to see the Isle of Man International Chess Tournament returning for another year. I think having the two festivals running simultaneously is fantastic as it really demonstrates the similarities of the skills and strategies that make both games so competitive and interesting; I am really looking forward to playing in both on PokerStars’ Isle of Man 10-year anniversary.”
In addition to everything else, PokerStars is also hosting its annual invitational charity tournament on the Saturday evening. All donations will be matched by the company’s Corporate Giving Programme, Helping Hands, with the entire amount being donated to local charity, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.
If you can’t be in Douglas this week, the PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of the tournament in our dedicated UKIPT coverage section.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging.