2016 Genting Poker Series Dates Announced
The popular Genting Poker Series has released the schedule for its next tour, which is due to kick off in Luton on the 21st of January 2016. Some aspects of the series have been changed by organisers, which seems likely to divide opinion amongst some fans of the annual tournament. The 2016 Genting tour will be the fifth time the UK-wide poker series has taken place.
Some changes that have been made include the reduction of levels played on the first day of the tournament and the addition of some extra features, like poker tutorials and seminars. They’ve also added the GPS Mini events, which cost £220 to buy into (half the cost of the main events) and come with a huge £30,000 guaranteed prize pool. The Minis had been trialled at previous Genting Series, and their return next year comes as a result of their popularity.
The Poker Operations Manager of the Genting Series confirmed that some changes would be taking place; “we have listened to player’s feedback and in the present dark climate we want to put the fun back into poker”.
The 2016 Genting Poker Series will have 16 events spread across 12 months, with the Minis accounting for up to 12 of these scheduled events. There’ll be four £400+£40 buy-in Main Events during the series. These Main Events will be hosted by Westcliff, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Birmingham and will carry the same huge £100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
The Genting Series next year will be visiting three new locations, giving a broader range of UK players the chance to get a taste of competitive live poker on an exciting stage. Genting allows players the opportunity to play poker in a well-organsied and efficiently structured event without shelling out a vast amount of money for a buy-in.
Beginning in Luton, it moves to the midlands to the Star City Casino before heading on to Sheffield, then Westcliff. The series will be visiting Scotland twice, with stops in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The destinations of Torquay, Newcastle and Liverpool will also be visited during the tour.
The 2016 Genting Tour will guarantee a higher level of prize money than in previous years, but many will no doubt raise criticisms about the fact that next year’s focus seems to be firmly on the £220 Mini tournaments, rather than the £440 Main Events. Since so many regulars to the poker tournament circuits in the UK and Europe tend to prefer bigger events, there may be discord about Genting’s prioritising the smaller buy-ins.
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