Proud to be hosting live poker on their home turf, PokerStars announced that the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) will return to the Isle of Man in October.
The five-day festival will run from October 2-6 and feature a £770 Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of £350,000. Visitors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe are expected to attend, making their way to both the tourney and cash tables.
However, a bit more strategy than starting hands and pot odds may be on the minds of some of the attendees, as the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament will also be running on the island from October 4-12, 2014. The mental brain power required to excel at both sports is somewhat synonymous and PokerStars decided to overlap the staging of both festivals in an exciting mind-sports showcase.
Last October, PokerStars’ corporate hometown played host to the UKIPT for the first time and 379 entrants that included a number of Team PokerStars Pros competed in the Main Event. Tours of the Rational Group offices were also conducted, allowing players to see first-hand the inner workings of the world’s top poker site that has won awards for being among the best places in which to work.
“I’m proud to say that the first UKIPT event on the Isle of Man was a big success in 2013… The atmosphere was very social and it was obvious that the players were really enjoying themselves,” Mark Scheinberg, Rational Group CEO
While poker players on the Isle of Man in early October will be hoping to look down at pocket kings or queens and strategically thinking of the best way to play such a hand to maximize the pot, chess players not far away will be engaged in devising the best methods of play in which to use their queen to both dominate their opponent and protect their king. It should make for an interesting and fun time for all.