More details about an event that’s hoped to attract hundreds of poker players to visit the island at the end of the month have been announced.
PokerStars, which is based in Onchan, today (Monday) released more information about a series of events beginning October 30 as part of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) visiting the Isle of Man.
The main event of the poker festival will be a £1,100 entry No Limit Hold’em poker tournament. It will be held at the Villa Marina, Harris Promenade, Douglas.
PokerStars is guaranteeing a prize pool of at least £500,000 for the main event, which it says will ensure it will attract hundreds of visitors from across the British Isles and Europe.
These visitors will boost the Manx economy during the festival, which takes place from Wednesday, October 30, to Monday, November 4.
In addition to the main event tournament, there will be a number of other poker tournaments for players of varying skill levels. These range in buy-in from £110 to a £2,200 high roller event on November 2.
Other highlights of the poker festival include:
-A charity poker tournament to raise funds for local Manx charities.
-PokerStars Open House: Guided tours of the PokerStars offices in Onchan. These will be open to poker players and local residents, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the people behind the world’s leading online gaming company.
-A jobs fair that will showcase the job opportunities at PokerStars on the Isle of Man (as well as opportunities at Rational Group offices in Dublin and London).
-A global webcast hosted online at PokerStars.tv. This webcast will be streamed globally, allowing hundreds of thousands of players from across the world to follow the action from the Isle of Man.
Eric Hollreiser, head of corporate communications for PokerStars, said: ‘PokerStars is very proud to bring a large-scale, professional poker festival to our corporate hometown and showcase the game for our local community while at the same time showcasing the Isle of Man to hundreds of visitors, global poker media and thousands of fans following the action online.’
One unique feature for the UKIPT visit to the Isle of Man is that PokerStars employees will be allowed to enter all of the tournaments, including the main event.
However, they will need to pay the same buy-in as every other entrant.
‘Poker is the original social game and players tell us they love to meet PokerStars employees at the tables, so we will be welcoming players on our home turf,’ Mr Hollreiser added.
Adrian Brockhouse, operations director for the Sefton Group, which owns the Palace Hotel and Casino, said: ‘We’re delighted to partner with PokerStars on what we’re sure will prove to be a fantastic event for the Isle of Man. Recent changes to gambling legislation allows the Palace Casino to hold a “temporary premises certificate”, which means we can temporarily licence a venue for gaming activities, such as poker.
‘The Villa Marina is an excellent venue and if the event proves to be as successful as I believe it will be, it could become an annual event, boosting tourism for the Island in what is traditionally a quiet time for visitor numbers. We have worked closely with PokerStars to ensure that this event not only attracts players from Europe, but from around the globe, and we look forward to welcoming them to the island.’