Elland Road, regularly home to thousands of rabid Leeds United F.C. fans, will play host to a different kind of game on April 9 and 10: poker. The Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT), sponsored by partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn, will invade the stadium’s Centenary Pavilion over a two-day period with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.
On Saturday, April 9, Leeds will play host to Day 1 of a $109 buy-in, $250,000 Guaranteed GPPT Main Event. Three flights will take place at 12:00, 17:00, and 20:00 local time, with late registration available for an additional two hours and 15 minutes. One day later on Sunday, April 10, a winner will be determined, and they’ll receive the lion’s share of the quarter-of-a-million dollar guaranteed prize pool.
Starting April 3, partypoker will run several online Day 1s for Leeds for the same $109 buy-in. So, if making it to Leeds on Saturday isn’t in the cards, you can play online instead. However, anyone who makes the live final must show up in person on April 10. Online qualifiers will take place daily from April 3 to April 9 at 20:00 UK Time. There’s a little over an hour-and-a-half of late registration available.
Those who bust out from the live Day 1s early will have two options on Day 2 on Sunday that should strike their fancy. At 13:00 local time, a $109 freezeout with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool will kick off. Five hours later, another $109 freezeout will begin, this one with a $10,000 guarantee. Both have 135 minutes of late registration and will also take place at Elland Road.
There a bevy of satellites for the GPPT Leeds Main Event, including GPPT Cent Rolls that have a penny buy-in. There are also $5.50 buy-in feeders to $22 buy-in satellites, which serve as direct qualifiers. Every day at 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, and 22:00, $22 GPPT satellites that award at least five $109 tickets to any GPPT event take place on partypoker. All satellites are six-max.
Anyone who makes Day 2 of GPPT Leeds will receive WPT Reward Points for a special £100,000 leaderboard. The top 30 players on the leaderboard by the time October rolls around will win a 2016 WPT UK Main Event seat worth £2,200. Players who finish in 31st to 100th place will receive a 2016 WPT500 UK seat worth £550. Right now, the players pacing the leaderboard have six points.
As a precursor to Leeds, the GPPT will hold another Online leg on Sunday, April 3, one week before Leeds. It has a $109 buy-in and a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and will likely be the largest-field GPPT Online event to date. The previous Online leg was won by Germany’s Yanick ‘YTheSnail’ Louis, who earned $35,000. The last Online leg got 2,446 players and ran for 12 hours.
Other GPPT stops to come this year include Glasgow (May 15 and 16), Brighton(July 23 and 24), and Cardiffin September. At least two more Online legs, in addition to the one in April, are expected to occur, although dates for them have not been released.