PartyPoker has released the dates and schedule for its £620,000 guaranteed PokerFest Live series at the Dusk till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham.
Most online poker players will identify the name “PokerFest” with PartyPoker´s regular online tournament series. However, for “PokerFest Live”, PartyPoker is moving the action (mostly) offline and into the superb environment of the Dusk till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham.
The ten event series kicks off on Sunday 23rd August with an online Day 1 for the £330 buy-in Main Event and the first of twelve online Day 1s for the £70 buy-in “Mini” event. The action moves into Nottingham´s famous poker club the following Friday for the first of five live Day 1s of the “Mini” event and continues up until Sunday 6th September.
Prizes Geared Towards Main Event and WPT Nottingham
All of the events in the PokerFest Live series award seats into future events as part of the prize money. For example, the “£150,000 guaranteed” Mini event guarantees to pay out £117,000 in cash and one hundred seats (worth £33,000) into the PokerFest Live Main Event.
Similarly the cash available in the “£300,000 guaranteed” Main Event is only £245,000, as the top twenty-five players will be awarded seats worth £2,200 each into the forthcoming WPT Nottingham Main Event.
Similar distributions of cash and tournament entries form the prize pools for all the side events; which unusually for a UK-based live tournament series includes a Senior´s event (must be over 50 years old to play) and a Ladies event.
The full schedule looks like this:
Event #1 – £150,000 guaranteed “Mini” – buy-in £60 + £10
Twelve online Day 1s between Sunday 23rd August and Friday 28th August, and five live Day 1s between Friday 28th August and Sunday 30th August. The live Day 2 starts later in the day on Sunday 30th August, with the tournament concluding on Monday 31st August.
Event #2 – £20,000 guaranteed “Second Chance” – buy-in £60 + £10
The second chance event has three Day 1s over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, and concludes on Sunday 30th August. The prize distribution is £18,350 in cash and five seats into the PokerFest Live Main Event.
Event #3 – £5,000 guaranteed “6-Max” – buy-in £60 + £10
This is a one-day event on Monday 31st August awarding £4,340 in cash prizes and two seats into the PokerFest Live Main Event.
Event #4 – £30,000 guaranteed “Seniors Event” – buy-in £300 + £30
Finding 100 seniors to compete in this event might be asking a lot for a two-day tournament that starts on Tuesday 1st September and that awards two £2,200 seats into the WPT Nottingham Main Event out of the prize money.
Event #5 – £15,000 guaranteed “Ladies Event” – buy-in £300 + £30
Another two-day event – this time exclusively for lady poker players – gets underway on Wednesday 2nd September, with the winner having an entry to the WPT Nottingham Main Event included in their prize money.
Event #6 – £15,000 guaranteed “PLO Double Chance” – buy-in £300 + £30
Pot Limit Omaha players get an opportunity to display their skills in this two-day tournament which also gets underway on Wednesday 2nd September, and which also awards the winner a seat in the (NLHE) WPT Nottingham Main Event.
Event #7 – £60,000 guaranteed “High Roller” – buy-in £1,000 + £100
If you are a lady player with a big bankroll who enjoys PLO, you will be spoilt for choice, as this two-day event also starts on Wednesday 2nd September. A substantial £8,800 will be deducted from the guaranteed prize pool to award WPT Nottingham seats to the top four players.
Event #8 – £300,000 guaranteed “Main Event” – buy-in £300 + £30
As well as the online Day 1 on Sunday 23rd August, four further online Day 1s are scheduled daily from Sunday 30th August to Wednesday 2nd September. There is a live Day 1 scheduled for Monday 31st August (because it is a bank holiday in the UK) and then five more live Day 1s between Thursday 3rd September and Saturday 5th September.
Day 2 of the PokerFest Live Main Event starts on Saturday 5th September, and the tournament concludes on Sunday 6th September. As mentioned above, the top twenty-five players will be awarded £2,200 seats into the WPT Nottingham Main Event out of the prize pool.
Event #9 – £60,000 guaranteed “Second Chance” – buy-in £300 + £30
A second “second chance” event is scheduled over the weekend of 5th and 6th September for players still looking for an elusive cash. The top four players will also pick up WPT Nottingham Main Event entries as part of their prize money.
Event #10 – £15,000 guaranteed “6-Max” – buy-in £300 + £30
The final event of PokerFest Live is a 6-Max tournament played on Sunday 6th September. Judging by the guarantee, Dusk till Dawn is not expecting a big entry, so it could be an ideal opportunity to pick up the last remaining WPT Nottingham Main Event seat offered during the series.
Don´t Fancy Going to Nottingham?
If you do not fancy going to Nottingham to compete in the PokerFest Live series, PartyPoker has also announced the dates and schedule for a “regular” Online PokerFest series. The series will run from Sunday 26th September until Sunday 11th October and includes eighty events with combined guaranteed prize pools of $2.5 million (all cash!).
The events include a good mix of NLHE formats and a handful of PL Omaha tournaments (all scheduled for the same day), with buy-ins starting from just $5.00. There are plenty of low buy-in mega satellites to the more valuable events – the highlight of which is the $250 buy-in Main Event on Sunday 11th October which is guaranteed for $300,000.
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