The British live poker scene is already packed out, but that hasn’t stopped Genting Poker from introducing their own tour next year.
Seven events have been included on the Genting Poker Series scheduled, kicking off in Birmingham’s Star City from February 1-5.
The next four stops on the tour are Southend (March 28-April 1), Edinburgh (May 30-June 3), Stoke (August 1-5) and Sheffield (September 26-30).
Then comes an online leg from November 10-13, before the tour ends at London’s Palm Beach Casino, Mayfair, for the Grand Final from December 7-11.
At least £800,000 ($1,246,553/€930,858) in prize money has been guaranteed for the seven stops, with main event buy-ins for the first six legs set at £400+£30 (approximately $623/€465+$47/€35), while the season-closing tournament in London possesses a £1,500+£100 ($2,337/€1,745+$156/€116) buy-in main event that guarantees a £200,000 ($311,700/€232,623) prize pool.
Each of the first six main events have been given £100,000 ($155,850/€116,329) guaranteed prize pools, with the winner being assured of at least £25,000 ($38,963/€29,082) in cash as well as a place in the Grand Final.
Players will be given 25,000 starting stacks on a one-hour clock, while numerous side tournaments have been planned with buy-ins starting as low as £100 ($156/€116), as well as cash games.
The cash games will provide play in Omaha Poker, Texas Hold’em, Round of Each and Dealers Choice, and will range from £1/£1 ($1.56/€1.16) up to £50/£100 ($78/€58 and $156/€116).
Additionally, all of the live tournaments will play host to satellite qualifiers with packages valued at £1,000 ($1,558/€1,163) on offer that include the buy-in for the main event as well as four nights’ stay at a top hotel and £175 ($273/€204) cash to spend.
But Genting Poker have also created a first with their online sixth leg. This event will feature the same tournaments as the other legs, but, because of the speed of online poker, each event will last just one day.
That’s where the changes end, though, and the main event is still a £400+£30 buy-in with a £100,000 prize pool guaranteed.
All six live events will feature a TV Table, to be streamed on a short delay on the internet, while ‘Mad’ Marty Wilson will host the live shows and be joined by numerous pros and celebrities.
Interestingly, all main events will possess the unique Flopped Aces and Quad Aces Cracked promotions.
The Quad Aces feature will see the first entrant in any live main event to have their four aces defeated by a straight flush handed a Bad Beat Jackpot prize that offers a £10,000 ($15,583/€11,637) sponsorship package that includes entry to the Grand Final, while the Flopped Aces special will assure every player at a table that shows A-A-A on the flop is given a seat at the next £400+£30 main event.
Genting Poker Series 2012 schedule
Leg 1: February 1-5, Genting Club Star City, Birmingham
Leg 2: March 28-April 1, Genting Casino, Southend
Leg 3: May 30-June 3, Genting Club Fountain Park, Edinburgh
Leg 4: August 1-5, Genting Club, Stoke
Leg 5: September 26-30, Genting Club, Sheffield
Leg 6: November 10-13, Genting Poker, Online
Leg 7: December 7-11, Grand Final, The Palm Beach Casino, Mayfair, London