Genting UK has announced the dates and locations for its eighth annual poker tournament, as well as outlining “major changes” that are designed to enhance the user experience.

The Genting Poker Series is to feature 17 events spread across England and Scotland, comprising 13 mini events and four majors, which are to be open to players of all ability with no qualification required.

Main events are to held at Resorts World Birmingham, Luton, Liverpool Queen Square and Edinburgh Fountain Park with a guaranteed £100,000 prize pool, whilst the 13 smaller entries in various Genting properties featuring a prize pool of £35,000 and nine Genting Poker Series main event seats.

In addition to scooping part of the prize fund, nine players from each of the mini events are to gain qualification to one of the four main events of the series.

Furthermore, players featuring in one of those four are to be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a holiday worth £10,000 to Malaysia, Singapore, Manila, New York or Las Vegas, or the cash equivalent.

Kevin Proctor, poker operations manager at Genting UK, explained: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the details of our 2019 poker series. We have brought in a number of changes to the series this year that we know will enhance the tournament experience for all our players.

“It will also ensure that we will continue to lead the way when it comes to poker in the UK. We cannot wait to welcome players, both old and new, through our doors.”

Changes brought in for 2019 come as result of player feedback, and includes the introduction of a button ante structure across all events.

Becoming the only national UK poker tour to adopt the format, when activated the player on the button will pay the ante for the entire table, which is designed to speed up play.

Furthermore, each main event will now have an additional day one, which will run on a 40 minute clock rather than the normal one hour level.

This means that each main event will have four day one’s, in order to enable the series to become much more accessible in individuals who are working.