Poker’s eyes are quite rightly trained on Las Vegas right now for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. The rest of the world has shown it isn’t in a self-imposed coma state as the latest leg on the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) came to a conclusion this weekend. Chris O’Donnell took down the record field of 603 in Brighton and with it a cool £71,100.
After creeping around for the first part of the final, O’Donnell started to emerge at the business end right when it mattered. Heading into the final four, he took the chip lead and was imperiously impressive for the final hands. Second place went to Richard Hasancebi (£41,300) whereas Jeff Duvall took third and £25,300. The top placed player not from the UK was next up as Rudi Johnsen of Norway took home £18,600.
Staying in the UK, today marked the start of 2011’s London Poker Championship. Taking place at the centre of the iGaming universe it features seven different events and calls London’s Grosvenor Victoria Casino its home. Last year saw 182 players battle it out for the title of the best in the capital as the main event drew almost £55,000 in prize month. This year’s schedule is as follows:
Monday 18th July (7:30pm) – £200 + £20 NL Hold’em Freezeout – 100 player cap.
Tuesday 19th (7:30pm) – £150 + £15 NLHE Deep & Steep Freezeout – 100 player cap.
Wednesday 20th (7:30pm) – £200 + £20 PL Omaha Freezeout – 100 player cap –
Wednesday 20th (8:30pm) – £50 + £7 Main Event Super Satellite (£330 ticket) NLHE Freezeout – 60 player cap
Thursday 21st (7:30pm) – £250 + £25 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout – 72 player cap
Friday 22nd (7:30pm) – £50 + £7 Main Event Super Satellite (£330 ticket) NLHE Freezeout – 60 player cap
Saturday 23rd (2:00pm) – £300 + £30 Main Event NLHE Freezeout FLIGHT 1 – 100 player cap
Saturday 23rd (7:00pm) – £300 + £30 Main Event NLHE Freezeout FLIGHT 2 – 100 player
Sunday 24th – Main Event Final Day – 2pm start.
Sunday 24th (5:00pm) – £150 + £15 NLHE Bounty Freezeout (£25 Bounty) – 80 player cap
Sunday 24th (7:30pm) – £100 + £12 NLHE Deep & Steep Freezeout – 60 player cap.