The UK and Ireland Poker Tour heads to the highlands for this year’s first event as the festivities take place in the bonny Scottish city of Edinburgh at the lavish Balmoral Hotel.

Situated in the Edinburgh hotspot of Princes Street , the five-star hotel is a prime location for participants and spectators to enjoy all of the historical and cultural surroundings offered up by this incredible city with the bustling city centre within walking distance.

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This prime location is expected to increase the popularity of this annual event as it sees its third season recommence on January 17th. And with the attendance increasing consecutively each year, this year should see a great turnout as the event promises to deliver the usual jovial party atmosphere associated with Scotland .

Throughout the three seasons of the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour, the destinations have typically been idyllic and historical as the tour aims to provide a rich and cultural experience, and the Gothic city of Edinburgh certainly will not disappoint.

So far, destinations have included Bristol, Newcastle, Dublin, Nottingham and Galway, each of which have received a great turnout with the large player-field which has come to be associated with the tournament sponsored by the online poker giant.

The unique element of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour lies in the fact that the tournament is a cashless festival, which can only be entered into via the PokerStars client. This distinctive and defining ruling means the list of players is already known before the tournament commences, so fans can already prepare to support their favourite players as they compete for a lion share of the guaranteed prize-pool of £250,000.

With more than 49 million members worldwide, PokerStars.co.uk is the largest poker site in the world and is sure to provide an exciting tournament with some of the world’s best online players.

More than 75 billion hands are said to have been dealt on the site, and more than 475 million tournaments have been played.

UKIPT London will see the final stop of Season 3 of the tournament with a four-day event held from March 6th to March 10th at the Landmark Hotel on the famous Marylebone Road.

This 2013 finale will see the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour stage its first stand alone event in London , which is set to attract a large audience of spectators and enthusiasts as the competitors vie for their share of the £250,000 prize-pool guaranteed for the event.