PokerStars today announced an exciting series of events beginning October 30 as part of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) visiting the Isle of Man, bringing hundreds of poker players to the home of its corporate headquarters.

The Main Event of the Isle of Man poker festival will be a £1,100 entry No Limit Hold’em poker tournament that will be held at the Villa Marina. PokerStars is guaranteeing a prize pool of at least £500,000, ensuring it will attract hundreds of visitors from across the British Isles and Europe. These visitors will have an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and learn more about PokerStars during the festival that takes place from Wednesday, October 30 to Monday, November 4.

In addition to the £1,100 Main Event poker tournament, there will be a number of other poker tournaments for players of varying skill levels. These range in buy-in from £110 to a £2,200 High Roller event on November 2.

Other highlights of the poker festival include:

•       A charity poker tournament to raise funds for local Manx charities.

•       PokerStars Open House: Guided tours of the PokerStars offices in Onchan. These will be open to poker players and local residents, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the people behind the world’s leading online gaming company.

•       Tours of the state-of-the-art PokerStars server facility, where every deck is shuffled, every bad beat (and lucky river!) is generated.

•       A global webcast hosted online at PokerStars.TV.  This webcast will be streamed globally, allowing hundreds of thousands of players from across the world to follow all the action from the Isle of Man.

•       A job fair that will showcase the job opportunities at PokerStars on the Isle of Man (as well as opportunities at Rational Group offices in Dublin and London).

“PokerStars is very proud to bring a large-scale poker festival to our corporate hometown to allow poker players to learn about PokerStars and our home,” said Kirsty Thompson, President of the UKIPT.   

One unique feature for the UKIPT visit to the Isle of Man is that PokerStars employees will be permitted to enter all of the tournaments, including the Main Event.  Of course, they’ll need to pay the same buy-in as every other entrant.

“Being able to play, chat and compete with PokerStars employees at the tables will be an extra benefit as they visit the home of PokerStars,” said Thompson.

Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!

Raiser