PartyPoker is rolling out the NEW! PartyPoker didn't slow down after rebranding and upgrading the software recently, the surge of news and changes in store continued with the launch of an inaugural five-stop poker tour in the United Kingdom — the WPT National UK Tour!
The new tour is the latest addition to the World Poker Tour (WPT) National series and each of the main events will be played in the accumulator format which is a first for tournament poker in the United Kingdom. The WPT National London will showcase the first of these special tournaments from October 24th through the 27th at Aspers Casino Westfield City.
Poker manager of Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City John Scanlon on the accumulator format, “Players have the option to buy-in to one, two or all three of the Day one flights. At the end of each flight, we bag your chips and move them forward to Day 2. All chips from each flight are accumulated to give players their total starting stack for Day 2. The tournament is based on an innovative format from the Aussie Millions, where there was a big buzz amongst players about the best strategy to play. The structure is all about bringing more people into the game at various levels of buy-ins.”
The WPT National London Main Event has a £180+£20 buy-in on each Day 1, and PartyPoker has satellites running now. Choose from seat-only satellites or full packages where two tournament entries and £241 in spending money is up for grabs.
Reece Lewis won £80,000 for first place in the WPT National London Main Event which took place in March of 2013. The £1,650 buy-in WPT National London Main Event brought 217 runners to the tables. A much bigger turnout is expected in October with the lower buy-in and the new accumulator format as a draw.
The new tour is expected to travel to Milton Keynes, Newcastle and Northampton in its début season according to an unofficial report received by PokerNews.com.