The UK poker scene is set for a massive boost of energy with the launch of PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino and the start of the London Poker Festival, reinforcing London’s place as one of the world’s greatest poker destinations. Joining the events where Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher – two stars from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
After opening its doors to the public on Tuesday 5th March, PokerStars LIVE offered tournaments and cash games 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to players of all levels of experience. Whether a seasoned poker pro or a first-timer looking to try their hand, PokerStars LIVE offered games and tournaments to suit many tastes.
PokerStars LIVE launched in grand style as host to the London Poker Festival, alongside the Grosvenor Victoria Casino on Edgware Road. The festival incorporated events from both the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT), and the European Poker Tour (EPT), to create a spectacular 11-day poker extravaganza.
Over 2,000 players from all over the world headed to the capital to take part in the events with buy-ins from as little as £100. The crown jewel of the festival was the £5,000 buy-in EPT Main Event which will see the winner take home a top prize likely to be in the region of £1 million. Many players will have won their travel, accommodation and tournament buy-in online at PokerStars.com for as little as £1.10.
The EPT is now in its 9th year, and has paid out in excess of £250 million in prize pools, and visited classically glamorous destinations such as Prague, Sanremo and Monaco.