After three gruelling days of poker, the inaugural Palace Casino Manx Cup came to a conclusion with the winner taking home a first prize of £10,000.
Attracting 79 entries, the Manx Cup generated a massive £39,500 prize pool.
The winner of the inaugural Palace Casino Manx Cup, collecting £10,000 and the Manx Cup trophy, was Li Wu from Douglas.
In addition to the £10,000 first prize, the prize pool was made up of £700 for the twelfth place; £900 for the eleventh; £1,200 for the tenth; £1,500 for the ninth; £1,800 for the eighth; £2,100 for the seventh; £2,500 for the sixth; £2,800 for the fifth; £3,500 for the fourth; £5,000 for the third; and £7,500 for the second.
The inaugural Palace Casino Manx Cup ran from November 6th to November 8th. Over the 10 weeks prior to November 6th, poker players had an opportunity to satellite their way into the Manx Cup; the satellite buy-ins ranging from a free-to-enter poker tournament held on the first Friday of every month up to a £100 buy-in.
Palace Casino also offered guaranteed tickets into the Manx Cup in all of its satellites. Such was the success of the satellite tournaments that 36 of the 79 entries were made up of satellite winners.
Stephen Reilly, deputy casino director, told B365: ‘The launch of the Manx Cup builds on the success of the Palace Casino’s poker scene, reintroduced in 2012, and is in direct response to overwhelming player demand.
‘It was in November 2000 when the then Hilton Hotel and Casino hosted the biggest poker tournament held in the British Isles – Poker Million I – with a guaranteed first prize of £1 million sponsored by Ladbrokes and Matchroom Sport. The final table of Poker Million I was aired live on Sky Sports and drew 30 million viewers worldwide, one of the most watched live sporting events of its time.
‘After the Poker Million, the poker scene at the Palace Casino went quiet for almost 12 years. Then in October of 2012, it was decided that poker would be brought back and, over the following eight years, the poker scene at the Palace Casino gradually grew. It soon became clear that with several poker leagues taking place, demand for poker at the Palace was strong and the Manx Cup was born.
‘Given the huge success of this year’s Manx Cup, it’s safe to say that it will remain an important part of the Palace Casino’s annual poker schedule. Congratulations are due to all the players who reached the final table and especially to Li Wu for becoming the outright winner of the inaugural Palace Casino Manx Cup.’
The current Palace Casino poker tournament schedule runs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
For buy-ins and registration time visit palacehotel.co.im/casino or Palace Casino on Facebook.