The World Poker Tour (WPT) is heading to Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) for a 17-day festival that the organizers are hoping will be the biggest the UK has ever held.
Fish and chips, pie and gravy; WPT and DTD.
Some things are just made to go together.
Rob Yong and Simon Trumper have announced plans to team up with BwinParty, and the WPT, to host a 17-day poker festival at the famous Nottingham stronghold.
The provisional dates are Fri 7th Nov – Sun 23rd Nov and there are plans to hold a £3,000 WPT Main Event, with a £1m guarantee, £500 WPT National Series Event, with a £1m guarantee, and plenty more where that came from.
One of the reasons I love Rob Yong so much is because he understands the importance of providing value for his customers. This is never better demonstrated than his decision to hold off on a full detailed playing schedule until he has consulted further with the players.
So we will have to wait to see what else the festival has to offer, but the two aforementioned events are cast in stone, with the Main Event being held Tue 18th Nov – Sun 23rd Nov.
Other events in the pipe include a WPT Warm Up event, WPT Pot Limit-Omaha (PLO) event and a WPT Six-Max Event.
“A £10k High Roller with a £1m guarantee is tempting but needs more research.” Said Yong.
The team at DTD relish a challenge and once again they have their work cut out. For the Main Event, they have set a provisional target of 200 online/live qualifiers through the DTD sausage machine, and hope to attract over 500 runners, through the two starting flights, to generate a prize pool of over £1.5m.
The National Series event is going to provide a logistical challenge because the poker room only holds 500 players per day, and with 2,000 players needed to hit the guarantee, extra marquee’s will be set up to house a further 25-50 tables. Yong and his team hope to attract over 1,000 players through their live/online satellite qualification process.
It’s the second time BwinParty and DTD have done business after the latter acted as the license holders for the Road to Old Trafford event held in the Theatre of Dreams.
An event that was won by the Manchester United diehard Sam Trickett, who promptly gave most of his £10,000 profit to Rio Ferdinand’s charity.