The VC Poker Cup 2005 kicks off on the 1st of August 2005.
I played in last year's £5,000 buyin Victor Poker Cup 2004 double shootout tournament after qualifying for just £5 in a VC Poker satellite on my first attempt.
This year, I qualified for free after winning the Maxim King of Poker. Information below is from the VC Poker Cup 2005 microsite (updated here after a decrease in runners):
Format: This years event will feature twelve qualifying tables of eight players, with the winner of each progressing to the second round. The second round will consist of two tables of 6, the final 3 players on each carrying forward their stack to the final table.
1st August: Tables 1-4 played to a conclusion
2nd August: Tables 5-8 played to a conclusion
3rd August: Tables 9-12 played to a conclusion
4th August: 2 Semi Final tables of 6 players, top 3 go through.
5th August: Final table. The start time of each days play will be mid-afternoon to allow for a pre-midnight finish.
Player numbers: 96 players contested the 2005 VC Poker Cup.
Buy-in: The buy-in for the 2005 VC Poker Cup is £5,000 sterling. There are no entry fees or administrative charges.
The draw: Table and seat allocation for the qualifying stages will be made via a free, random draw prior to the event. The draw for the semi final tables will take place prior to play on the 4th August.
Payout structure (to be updated after reduction in participants): In addition to the following anticipated cash prizes, the top three finishers in the 2005 VC Poker Cup will receive free entry to the 2006 event. This entry will be for a minimum value of £5,000.
Television Coverage: The 2005 VC Poker Cup will be broadcast around the world to an audience of millions, building upon the success of last year's programme. This year's tournament will be shown as a series of 7 x 1 hour programmes on a major UK satellite station this autumn. This ten-part format will allow for a greater amount of poker shown together with the use of interviews, talking heads and pen portraits to build player profile and support. Negotiations with a range of other international broadcasters are ongoing. Two tables each night will be identified as featured tables, and will be filmed in their entirety. Other tables will be filmed by roving cameramen to capture key events. The number of players at each table has also been reduced to eight to ensure that each player receives greater TV coverage.
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