The Sky Poker Tour was usually known as SPT Almost 8 years ago. In fact an earlier iteration had been somewhat clumsily named SPUKT or Sky Poker United Kingdom Tour, which did not exactly roll off the tongue easily, so the birth of the SPT as we know it dates back to November 2009.
The first ever Sky Poker Tour was held in Manchester, so it is somehow fitting that the newly reborn Sky Poker Tour will start off in Manchester again. The winner that day was a chap named David Bryan, and among-st the finalists he defeated were several players who are still with Sky Poker to this day, including Dan Brown, and Gordon Parton, who many of us know as the nonagenarian “Dollie”. It seems to be a feature of Sky Poker that players stay loyal to the site, partly because of the Community feel it still has – including that rarity these days, a poker forum. Like all poker players, they enjoy a chunter now and then – it is what we poker players do – but there does seem to be a deep loyalty and affection to the only UK and RoI facing online poker site which is not part of a wider network.
The 2009/10 SPT then visited Newcastle, Luton, Glasgow, Swansea & eventually a Grand Final in Nottingham. The following year stops were added at Blackpool, Leeds and Cardiff, and in 2011/12 sunny Brighton was added to the list.
After that, the Tour took a break for a variety of reasons, a decision which resulted in many players clamouring for it to return. This was easier said than done, & a multitude of efforts could not come up with the right gigs, in the right place at the right time. The venues for these events has to be just right, & Sky Poker need to know their players will be well looked after.
Perseverance, patience and persistence eventually paid off though, culminating in the announcement that the Sky Poker Tour will be reborn at the swish and luxurious Manchester 235 Casino. It will be a 3 day event – two opening days & a Final day – and will run from Friday 4th August through to Sunday 6th August.
Entry is priced at £200 + £20, with re-entry available, and Sky Poker are Guaranteeing it at £40,000, so something north of £7,000 to the winner. With online qualification on SkyPoker.com starting from £1.30, it is affordable to most, if not all. Online qualification is expected to start in late June. Various SPT on-site Promotions will run, too, so keep an eye on the Promotions Page of SkyPoker.com.
It is expected that all of the staff and management from Sky Poker will be present, so it is a great chance to meet the crew face to face.
Also present, and expected to talk non-stop – it is what he does – will be the Sky Poker Ambassador, Neil “Bad Beat” Channing. He will be playing the event, of course, but once he busts out – or as he says, IF he busts out – Neil will be on hand to play affordable Sit and Go’s with those interested, in addition to some cash poker, & if anyone is interested, a Question and Answer session.
Keep an eye on the Sky Poker Forum for news of further Sky Poker Tour Events. We’ll announce further stops once venues and dates have been confirmed. The Sky Poker Community has an SPT dedicated Forum thread, so if you have any questions, fire away on their please.
See you in Manchester at the Sky Poker Tour on the first weekend in August, right?