There’s A Million Pound Prize-Pool!
That’s not a typo. A million pound sterling is up for grabs and the tournament entry is only £500+50. The incredible prize-pools put up by WPT and Dusk Till Dawn really are what keeps thousands of players coming back to the Nottingham poker hotspot, and this year will be no different. Twelve months ago, 2,133 entries battled it out for the £140,000 top prize. It’s ‘win a house’ territory for any player, and with so much value, you can expect even more hopefuls arriving to play in-house ‘flips’ for tickets and qualifying via www.partypoker.com in the days running up the tournament kick-off. Magic.
Day 1’s in London or Nottingham
Last year, there were a mammoth week of Day 1’s in Nottingham that allowed players every possible chance of making Day 2, the money and a shot at glory. Not content with this, the team behind 2014’s record-breaking event have now added in a second casino in which to attempt to run up a Day 1 stack. Stratford’s Aspers Casino in London will provide players with a platform to success via its Day 1’s, which start this weekend! So not only will a whole new raft of players have access to a Day 1 flight, but the prize-pool could be even bigger!
Under the stewardship of one of poker’s unsung heroes in Aspers’ John Scanlon, Aspers Poker Room is equipped to deal with more players than any other casino in London, and boasts an incredible footfall every day. Hosting Day 1’s of the WPT500 makes total sense, and we can’t wait to see which players make Day 2 from the poker hotbed of the capital.
Eleanor Gudger is Current Champion
Ok, so this isn’t good news for you in the sense that she will be easy to beat or can’t defend her title, because the opposite is true on both counts. But Eleanor’s victory in 2014 just proves that anyone can win, whether you are used to online or live, and from any background. Not only was it Eleanor’s first major live tournament victory, she also beat a host of experienced players on a top quality final table, including online whizzkid Matthew Noonan heads-up. Displaying a masterful combination of counter-play and pressure, she became the second Gudger to take down a WPT event after her Dad won a WPT National UK title in Milton Keynes!
The WPT500 won a 2014 British Poker Award
It’s true! Last year’s event not only wowed the players who took their seats, but thousands of others after it topped the polls at the British Poker Awards when the trophy for Best Live Tournament was presented to Simon Trumper and Jessica Tomsett (who has since joined partypoker) on a special night back in Spring. Having a prestigious award is one thing, but when that award is voted for by an overwhelming fan majority, topping other major events such as EPT London, you know you’re onto a winner. With two Day 1 locations, the same huge prize-pool and many other surprises up their sleeves, World Poker Tour and partypoker can justifiably promise a poker tournament like no other when the cards get in the air this weekend!
The Best Cardroom in Europe
Not only do you have the chance to win a six-figure sum for a comparatively miniscule buy-in, but you get to do it at Dusk Till Dawn. Rob Yong and the team were thought crazy to dream up a million pound tournament for a £500 entry, but they did it, and this year will be bigger and better than ever!
If you’ve never been to Nottingham before, then check out what you can enjoy while you’re in one of the most thriving cities in England. As well as robbing big pots from the chip-rich to making sure you go home anything but poor, you can win a seat into the WPT Main Event by finishing in the Top 50 places. Last year, that really gave a new meaning to the money places at different stages of an already enthralling event.
Surrounded by the best hosting and tournament staff in England, you’ll enjoy the whole weekend whether you take the trophy home with you or not, as the casino itself is widely regarded as the best in Europe. From juicy cash games in Trickett’s Room, the VIP home of cash action at the casino named after the area’s most successful son, Sam Trickett, to the massive floor of tables running all hours, there really is something for poker players of any level. Modern legends such as Simon Deadman cut their teeth in the cardroom, and there are a plethora of side events of offer, so there is plenty to shoot for whether you make the final table or bust in Level 1!