I decided to take an extended summer break in Vegas and Barbados to clear my head before the £3M WPT UK and $3M Caribbean Poker Party. 2015/2016 has seen DTD take on many external projects with the Club often taking a back seat. A minnow swimming against the big waves of the poker ocean, DTD guarantees more prize money in 12 months than every single UK card room and UK tour put together. 2016/2017 will be about working harder to take DTD to the next level including plans for a £5M [£1M 1st prize] event. I will talk more about this in future blogs but I really wanted to do a quick catch up post for our members.
Online Grand Prix: 5th Sept – biggest ever at $500K
This has been bumped up to $500K in September and every month the GTE is hit, increased by $100K, the target is of course to get to $1M. September’s edition features the Golden Chip. Win the Online Grand Prix with a Golden Chip and you will win an additional $50K.
$10M Powerfest on partypoker – 400% growth in 12 months
12 months ago this was a $2.5M online series, to attempt $10M is testament to partypoker’s growth, hard work and appetite for taking calculated risks.
Powerfest returns to partypoker for three weeks from 4th September.
Super 50 / XXL 25 Comps: August 28th – GTEs increased + WPT £14K Leaderboard
From Sunday 28th August, GTEs will be back to a minimum of £5K. Simon is experimenting with a new payout where the 2nd table getting their buy-in back with minimum of £1K for 1st and the final table get Grand Prix Seats. The new tournaments will also feature an improved structure.
From Sunday 28th August, there is a new WPT £10K Leaderboard with £550 and £2200 seats, there will be a separate Daily Leaderboard for each night plus an Overall Leaderboard.
£250K DTD Grand Prix: October 11th-16th – with a new format
Players can buy-in Live at the Club cash desk for £75+£10 or Online for $109. Day 2 blinds are rolled back to 1K-2K so average stack will be 100BB and players can buy-in to Day 2 for £500+£50 getting 200K chips. The Golden Chip final table bonus is $8K CPP package.
All 8 UK partners will be running a Grand Prix Day 1 at their venues- Dates TBC.
£250K Deepstack: August 25-29th – back at DTD every month
We want to have a real go at growing our Deepstack to £500K [£100K to the winner] over the next 12 months by re-investing in our trademark monthly event.
The In-Club Online Freeroll will be brought back next week, with 5 x $109 seats into the 9pm Dusk Till Dawn £550 Satellite with 5 seats up for grabs, players can use £550 seats for any DTD event.
Devilfish Cup: 31st October – at the WPT UK
Devilfish was such a fantastic character but I wanted to wait until the time was right to do something to commemorate such a good friend and large presence in the poker community. I’m sure watching him on Late Night Poker he is the reason many of us became involved in poker. Before Dave passed away, I asked him how he would like to be remembered at Dusk Till Dawn and his response was ‘a high buy in tournament’. As Dave was always very proud of his WPT Tunica victory, it seemed fitting to join forces with The WPT Foundation and partypoker and host the £1M Devilfish Cup.
100% of the £300 reg fee plus 3% of the total prizepool will be split between Marie Curie, a long standing charity which offers help and support to terminally ill patients, and a trust fund for Dave’s daughter, Lucy, which she will receive when she turns 16. The winner of the Devilfish Cup will be presented with a special trophy by Anpaktita Ulliott, Dave’s wife.
To further commemorate such a fantastic presence in the UK poker community, we will be renaming our bar to ‘The Devilfish Bar’ and renaming Dave’s favourite drink, a double vodka redbull, to ‘The DeVilfish’.
Online satellites have started now on partypoker and there will be 2 live satellites in the Club.
WPT 500 : October 22nd – 31st – Day 1s at our partner casinos
Last year I said to Christian, the WPT TD, that I wanted to make the WPT 500 a truly UK event and replace some of the DTD Day 1s with Day 1s across the UK, thanks to support from our live casino partners, there will be WPT 500
Day 1s at the following venues:
Aspers, Newcastle – Saturday 22nd October
Rainbow, Bristol – Saturday 22nd October
235, Manchester – Saturday 22nd October
Les Croupiers, Cardiff – Saturday 22nd October
The Casino MK, Milton Keynes – Saturday 22nd October
Rendezvous, Brighton – Saturday 22nd October
Alea, Glasgow – Friday 28th October
Caribbean Poker Party: 19th – 26th Nov – GTE doubled to $2M+ satellite’s doubled to 10 packages
The 5 x $8K CPP online satellites have done well so far in advance of the event, so from next week, we are doubling the GTE to 10 x $8K packages – buy-ins remain the same.
The support for the CPP from partypoker has been amazing, their $1M CPP Leaderboard has given us the opportunity to increase the CPP partypoker Million $2M GTE.
The CPP kicks off with the $1M WPT Main Event, satellites for this have started this week on partypoker, and a $10K and $25K High Roller have been added to the CPP schedule, as well as some smaller $500 events over the week.
DTD Platinum Card
As per player request, the £5K Platinum Card will return soon, £5K in buy ins, VIP Card [free food and drink for 12 months] and access to Trickett’s Room. This was a really popular concept which allowed players a lot of
flexibility especially for side events at our festivals.
I hope this fills a few gaps and I will try to do more regular updates. For now I will leave you with a message for Tony G from Devilfish.
Keep The Faith,