The average salary in the United Kingdom in 2015/2016 was £27,200. We reckon that working a 40-hour week, you may have put in 2,000 hours in your chosen profession in the last 12 months to earn that amount. Why not sit and play poker for a weekend and win exactly the same amount?!
Few tournaments offer you the chance to pony up just $109 and win $35,000. Still fewer give you the shot at doing that in stunning party city such as Cardiff. The Grand Prix Poker Tour makes its first stop in Wales as we travel to the Welsh capital on 3rd and 4th of September. Missing it would be like folding pocket aces pre-flop!
With the ultimate in a fun weekend away starting from the moment you arrive, what can you look to experience when you’re at the felt or away from the tables in Cardiff itself?
Cardiff City Stadium
Having opened in 2009, the Cardiff City Stadium is home to The Bluebirds, Cardiff City. Cardiff play in the Championship but have pressed hard for a Premier League place in the last couple of seasons since relegation…maybe this will be the year for their dedicated fans. With a capacity of 33,280, it is one of the biggest Championship grounds and is easily ready for Premier League action and could even be expanded to 60,000 if Cardiff progress on the pitch. It has hosted many Wales football games, as well as the 2014 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla. As well as football, the ground has hosted rugby and live music, including Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi and Welsh legends and Wayne Rooney’s favorite band, The Stereophonics.
White Water Rafting
Fancy doing something a little different between stints at the poker table? Get yourself down to the Cardiff International White Water Center and take on the rapids! A raft can hold up to six players (Don’t worry, the Main Event isn’t 6-max!) and costs between £40-£55 per person. Each session lasts around two hours and all coaching and specialist equipment is provided. If you’re sick of seeing dry flops, get down and wet!
From hot dogging to River Boarding, Paddlebaording to Kayaking, the CIWW has it all and you can even practice climbing the pay-out jumps by taking on their climbing wall too!
Hit the City!
Cardiff is such a popular party city that University students who have just got the grades they need to attend may well be celebrating as hard as our latest winner come Sunday evening! Cardiff was only made Wales’ capital in 1955, but since then it has been synonymous with revelry. The revitalized waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Wales Millennium Centre complex, home of the national opera, orchestra, theatre and dance companies. But in the city center itself there are nightclubs up and down the street to keep you bopping until the small hours.
The Doctor Who Experience
If you’re an early riser then you can get your geek on by stepping into the T.A.R.D.I.S. at The Doctor Who Experience! The heart of the new series, Cardiff is mad about the Gallifreyan genius and you can indulge your inner timelord with a great morning ahead of exterminating your poker opponents. Just a chip-trick from where the BBC TV series is filmed, The Doctor Who Experience promises to fulfil your every desire and take on a trip through space and time. There’s an interactive experience with the current doctor, Peter Capaldi. That’s just the start of it, however, with a TARDIS studio tour and walking tour around some of the most famous locations in Cardiff at the flick of a sonic screwdriver. Standard adult admission costs just £14.
The Main Event
There’s no doubt where the biggest fun is to be had in the Welsh capital at the start of September. The Main Event is just $109 to enter and can net you $35,000 up top, just like it did for Brighton & Hove Albion superfan James Dempsey in July.
With huge side events, new ambassador Roberto Romanello spicing things up on home soil, Mad Marty’s partypoker Player Lounge and loads more to enjoy apart from the poker, you’ll love what should be a thrilling weekend for players of any level. See you at GPPT Cardiff!
$500,000 Guaranteed Online Grand Prix
Before the GPPT Cardiff festivities, we need to get the $500,000 guaranteed Online Grand Prix out of the way.
Every day until September 5, there are dozens of Day 1s costing $109 to buy into. Complete 16 levels in these Day 1s to progress to the final day at 21:15 GMT on September 5. Play as many Day 1s as you wish as you attempt to take as many chips through with you as possible, but be aware that you can only take your largest stack through to the final day, the rest are forfeited.
You can also buy directly into the final day for $700, and receive a stack of 200,000 chips should you wish to avoid the Day 1s or fail in your quest to get through with a stack that you’re happy with.