Genting UK, in conjunction with PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, has announced the schedule for the highly anticipated Genting Poker Series 2018.
While last year’s Series featured a total of five Main Events, the 2018 schedule will see that number increase to six, as a brand new event at the flagship Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham is introduced into the calendar.
In addition to six Main Events, the 2018 Series will feature a further twelve Mini Events, with the addition of yet another new venue, this time in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Kevin Proctor, Poker Operations Manager at Genting UK said: “Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham previously hosted one Mini Event within our Genting Poker Series so it seemed like a natural progression to add the venue to our Main Event list. A city the size of Birmingham deserves an event of this stature and we are confident that the poker players in the area will be huge supporters of its introduction into the calendar.
“We also wanted to pinpoint a venue in the Manchester area that had the potential to host our popular Mini Events. The team at Salford have worked extremely hard in 2017 to make bringing an event to the venue a possibility, so we look forward to doing just that in 2018.”
The 2018 Series will once again see Genting – one of the UK’s largest casino operators – work in conjunction with PokerStars, the flagship brand of the online gaming giant The Stars Group to offer players who are unable to visit a casino and enter the Series in person, the opportunity to enter via the PokerStars online satellites.
Mr Proctor continued: “Working with PokerStars has provided players an opportunity to qualify online when they are not able to access the live casino satellites. An extensive schedule of qualifiers is even more important now, in times when there is less disposable income for leisure activities. Players can qualify for a fraction of the cost of a direct buy-in. Genting has a great working relationship with everyone at PokerStars and we are really excited about the opportunities that the partnership presents.”
To recognise player loyalty, in 2018, there will be no increase in the price of entry into Genting Poker Series events. Entry into Main Events will remain at £400 + £40 with a £100,000 guarantee. The Genting Poker Mini Events, meanwhile, will remain at £200 + £20 with a £35,000 guarantee (this will also include nine Genting Poker Series Main Event seats).
Each Main Event in the 2018 Series will begin at the later time of 3pm in order to provide a greater number of players with the opportunity to enter, as well as to encourage and support grassroots tournament poker. Genting UK will also offer fixed side events alongside all Main Events within the Series.