The seventh leg of the PokerStars sponsored UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) will take place at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh between Thursday August 11 and Monday August 15. In one of the few events not to take place in a dedicated poker club, competitors at UKIPT Edinburgh 2011 will find they are playing at a venue which has previously hosted some of the world´s greatest comedians as part of the Edinburgh Fringe – which, by happy coincidence, starts during the same weekend.
The Edinburgh Corn Exchange is an excellent location at which to spend a summer weekend. Close to the Edinburgh City Centre, airport, train station and the bypass, the Edinburgh Corn Exchange also benefits from on site complimentary parking. It is situated in the massive Corn Exchange Village leisure complex, which includes bars, restaurants, a ten pin bowling alley and a five-a-side football pitch. There are many quality hotels in close proximity and plenty of entertainment provided city-wide due to the Edinburgh Festival.
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However, action of a more serious nature will be taking place during UKIPT Edinburgh 2011, as an anticipated five hundred players aim to claim the coveted prize of UKIPT Edinburgh Champion and a place in the EPT London Main Event to held in London towards of the year. This year´s Main Event carries a guaranteed prize fund of £200.000 and has a buy-in of £500.00 + £60.00. However, if you intend competing in the UKIPT Edinburgh 2011, be prepared for a late night!
Last year´s winner of UKIPT Edinburgh 2010 was Nick Abou Risk (who also won UKIPT Galway 2010). Nick had been amongst the chip leaders ever since Day 1 of the Main Event but it was not until the early hours of Tuesday morning that he was eventually able to produce the winning hand to shrug off the challenge of Lithuanian Mantas Puidokas, claim the title of UKIPT Edinburgh Champion and a healthy £50.000 first prize.
If you are a night-owl, and want to get involved in the Main Event at UKIPT Edinburgh 2011, PokerStars will be running satellite qualifiers on their site throughout July and August. Entry to the online qualifiers starts from as little as $2.22 or 111 frequent players points, and PokerStars VIP players can buy in directly using their Tournament Dollars. The side event schedule is still to be announced, but due to the popularity of this event in 2010 (and the Edinburgh Festival running at the same time) poker players are advised to book their accommodation early!