The first and only UK based poker club, Dusk Till Dawn will open its doors to the public on November 29th. Initially the club will be open Thursday - Sunday from 6 p.m. - 4 a.m. Owners plan on gradually increasing the opening times as they recruit more staff.
Owner Rob Yong says, "We are not completely focused on recruiting and training good quality people to work at the club and will only open 7 days a week once we have these people in place. We want to ensure that every single player who visits the club receives the highest level of service from the minute they walk in to the minute they leave."
Yong made history when Dusk Till Dawn was issued a casino license last month making it the U.K.'s first legal poker club in Europe. The license they were issued is only for poker. There will be no other games played at the venue. So, if you are looking for a fast paced game of craps or to take a chance on the slots, you won't be able to do that in this poker room.
The new club will be located in a 15,000 square foot building and it will house 45 premier poker tables. Yong describes his palace as "15,000 sq ft of pure poker paradise, with facilities to accommodate more than 500 players." Yong plans on spreading both cash games and tournaments. In addition, he will have a high rollers room, a television studio, an 80 seat restaurant, and a VIP style bar.
Although the tournament schedule is not yet confirmed, it has been suggested that all tournaments will be freeze outs; there will be no rebuys and there will be a welcome tournament to celebrate the club's grand opening.
If you can't wait until November to play, check out his website at dtdpoker.com, download the software and play immediately! You can even play in a satellite to win a seat to the grand opening tournament.
I have even heard rumblings that the WPT will include the club on their tour. Yong is a marketing genius. I would really be impressed if he could get Salma Hayek to dance on the bar with a snake like she did in the movie!
I will definitely add Nottingham and Dusk Till Dawn to my list of European sights to see. I'm a little jealous that I didn't think of this first.
*Editor's Note: If Yong describes his palace as "15,000 sq. feet of pure poker paradise, with facilities to accommodate more than 500 players," just think what PokerStars must be to the universe with 95,000 players and more than 14,500 tables and you don't even have to get dressed to get there.*