Nearly 10 percent of the adult population in the UK plays poker regularly. Of that number, more than 115, 600 of them are ranked in the Hendon Mob database as having recorded live tournament winnings.
There are more than 200 casinos in the United Kingdom today, and those facilities host UK poker tournaments throughout the year. Players have participated in more than 43.5K poker tournaments in the history of the nation, and they have collected approximately $5 billion to date.
With those kinds of numbers, it is no wonder that UK poker tournaments are some of the most popular and well-attended in the world.
The UK & Ireland Poker Tour was a PokerStars idea, one that would bring reasonably-priced buy-in poker tournaments to various locations in the UK and Ireland. It launched in 2010, and by the end of the fourth season in 2014, record numbers of poker players had been in attendance.
Season 5 kicked off at the end of 2015 and will conclude in January 2016 after stops in London, Nottingham, and Bristol.
The popularity of the UK poker tournaments was so great that PokerStars branched out with the UKIPT Series, another group of low buy-in events. They have all taken place at the PokerStars LIVE poker room at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s West End, and series are already in place for the 2016 calendar to host poker tournaments for UK players.
The World Poker Tour has visited London to host UK poker tournaments on numerous occasions throughout the past decade. London remains on the schedule for the top tier schedule, and the PartyPoker WPT London is already scheduled for early 2016 at Aspers Casino.
Other WPT tours have trekked to the UK as well, such as the PartyPoker WPT National series at Aspers and the WPT500 lower buy-in series at Dusk Till Dawn.
When the World Series of Poker launched its WSOP Europe endeavor in 2007, and the first year was hosted by the London International casinos in London. Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square hosted the 2008 UK poker tournaments for EPT, as well as the following two years until the series began traveling to other countries like France and Germany.
The European Poker Tour launched in 2004 and immediately put London on its list of cities. As the series grew into a phenomenon and set records throughout Europe, UK poker tournaments remained a staple on the schedule. For 11 seasons, EPT London was a primary stop on the tour until it was left off of the 12th season schedule in an attempt to consolidate.
Cities like Nottingham and London remain hubs for poker tournaments in UK. PartyPoker hosts numerous events in the UK throughout each year, the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships take place at Dusk Till Dawn, and series like the Genting Poker Series and Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) make various stops in the UK.
Many poker players make their homes in the UK because tournaments and cash games are aplenty, and their ability to play online poker is alive and well per the UK Gambling Commission as well.
A deep and long-lasting live poker tradition lives on in the UK for poker tournaments, and the game of poker respects that history.