UK & Ireland Poker Tour Season 4 Information
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The UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) is back for Season 4, bringing the best in live poker to a city near you. This is the region’s biggest tournament series, and you can qualify now exclusively at PokerStars. Win a prize package and you’ll have everything you need to join the action. The schedule visits all four corners of the region, which means there’s an event for everyone.
Building on the huge success of the previous three seasons, Season 4 will break new ground with an opening event in Marbella, Spain and then visit exciting destinations like Galway, and the Isle of Man, as well as the famous Dusk Till Dawn card room in Nottingham. The tour also has new lower buy-in events at PokerStars Live at The Hippodrome in London. With big prize pools, tournament titles and Grand Final seats up for grabs at every event, UKIPT Season 4 will be huge.
You’ll also be playing for Leader Board points, with prizes awarded to the top players at the end of the season. Go to the UKIPT Leader Board page to find out more. For more details on all of the stops on the tour, tournament rules and regulations, player database and much more, check out the official UKIPT website.
Season 4 Schedule
The following information is subject to change.
All of the stops taking place during 2014 of UKIPT Season 4 have now been announced.
|EVENT||VENUE||BUY-IN||MAIN EVENT DATES||GUARANTEE|
|POKERSTARS MARBELLA FESTIVAL, Spain||Casino Marbella||€1,000 + 100**||June 12-16, 2013||€500,000|
|GALWAY, Ireland||Full Tilt Poker Village||€1,000 + 100*||August 8-12, 2013||€1,000,000|
|LONDON, England||Connaught Rooms||£1,000 + 100*||October 2-6, 2013||£500,000|
|ISLE OF MAN||Villa Marina||£1,000 + 100*||October 31-November 4, 2013||£500,000|
|NOTTINGHAM 6-MAX, England||Dusk Till Dawn||£1,000 + 100||November 27-December 2, 2013||£500,000|
|EDINBURGH, Scotland||The Assembly Rooms||£1,000 + 100*||January 16-20, 2014||£500,000|
|DUBLIN, Ireland||Mansion House||€700 + 70*||February 27-March 3, 2014||€350,000|
|NOTTINGHAM, England||Dusk Till Dawn||£1,000 + 100 (1 RE-ENTRY)||May 7-12, 2014||£1,000,000|
|MARBELLA, Spain||Casino Marbella||€1,000 + 100**||June 11-15, 2014||€500,000|
|ISLE OF MAN||Villa Marina||£700 + 70*||October 2-6, 2014||£350,000|
|LONDON, England||Connaught Rooms||£700 + 70*||October 8-12, 2014||£500,000|
* 3% of tournament prize-pool will be withheld to cover the costs of floor staff and dealers.
** 4% of tournament prize-pool will be withheld to cover the costs of floor staff and dealers.
The UKIPT reserves the right to cancel or alter details of listed events at its discretion.
Marbella | 750 Players | € 720,000 Prize Pool | 1st Rodrigo Espinosa ( € 136,000 )
Spaniard Rodrigo Espinosa had to see off a talent-rich final table, which included Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, to win the €136,000 first prize in Marbella. Cody, who would eventually bow out in eighth after losing his chips to Espinosa, was the star name on a final table that took just over four hours to complete. When the final hand was dealt, PokerStars qualifier Espinosa was left holding the trophy, defeating German Christian Bauer heads-up for the win.
Nottingham | 1,223 Players | £ 1,223,000 Prize Pool | 1st Duncan McLellan ( £ 202,372 )
Duncan McLellan’s victory in Nottingham made him the fourth two-time UKIPT champion in history, his second title coming months after winning UKIPT Isle of Man earlier in the season. The bricklayer earned the lion’s share of a £1,223,000 prize pool - a UKIPT record - in a blistering final table that lasted less than four hours. A heads-up deal meant McLellan was guaranteed at least £168,372, with Angelo Milioto taking £143,728, leaving £34,000 still to play for. That extra money would eventually be McLellan’s, swelling his first prize up to a sizable £202,372.
Dublin | 682 Players | £ 463,078 Prize Pool | 1st Kevin Killeen ( £ 87,700 )
Online pro Kevin Killeen came in to the UKIPT Dublin final table clutching the chip lead, but had to overcome a determined Max Silver to claim the title and €87,700 prize. Silver, chasing his second UKIPT title on what was his fourth final table on the tour, looked to have the victory locked up when he had Killeen all-in for his tournament life on four separate occasions. But the Irishman was in no mood to let his chips go. After rebounding time and again, Killeen grabbed the chip leader and wrapped up the win when his KQ beat Silver’s Q8 in the final hand.
Edinburgh | 427 Players | £ 500,000 Prize Pool | 1st Dean Hutchinson ( £ 93,840 )
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree came agonising close in Edinburgh to claiming her second major title. Sadly for the EPT Sanremo winner, local player Dean Hutchinson had other ideas. After Hutchinson overturned a sizeable heads-up chip deficit, thanks in bulk to cracking Boeree’s kings when his A-4 rivered a straight, he went on to claim the £93,840 winner’s prize and first UKIPT title. For finishing second, Boeree added £59,180 to her career winnings.
Nottingham | 458 Players | £ 500,000 Prize Pool | 1st Ben Mayhew ( £ 72,840 )
Nottingham played host to the only 6-Max Main Event on Season 4 of the UKIPT, and it was an emotional Ben Mayhew who walked away with the £72,840 first prize. The poker pro defeated a final table packed full of some of the region’s best up-and-coming players, and, after striking a three-way deal, Mayhew beat local player Tony Salmon heads-up for the title.
Isle of Man+
Isle of Man | 379 Players | £ 500,000 Prize Pool | 1st Duncan McLellan ( £ 94,090 )
Many of poker’s biggest names were out in force as the UKIPT made its way to the home of PokerStars and the Isle of Man for the first time. But despite a 379-strong field packed full of Team PokerStars Pros, it was PokerStars qualifier Duncan McLellan who finished on top. The 49-year-old saw off a spirited challenge from PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo to earn himself £94,090 and his first UKIPT title.
London | 747 Players | £ 724,590 Prize Pool | 1st Robbie Bull ( £ 113,405 )
The UKIPT London Main Event ended with victory for 21-year old Robbie Bull over a total field of 747 players. Scotsman Bull beat current Irish Open champion Ian Simpson heads-up to win £113,405, a deal having secured Simpson £106,869. The 177-runner UKIPT High Roller was won by Vanessa Selbst. The Team PokerStars Pro beat a stacked field to add another High Roller title to her already full trophy cabinet.
Series 3 | 464 Players | £ 112,520 Prize Pool | 1st Dinh Tuan Nguyen ( £ 15,348 )
Players from 49 countries came together at The Hippodrome Casino to compete for a share of the £112,520 prize pool. After a tense three hours of final table play, action came down to a heads-up battle between Brit Daniel Bonfield and Dinh Tuan Nguyen of Vietnam. The decisive pot would see Nguyen take the title, £15,348, and a place in the UKIPT Season 4 Champion of Champions tournament with his T-7s out-flopping Bonfield’s A-8.
Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival+
Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival | 860 Players | € 1,000,000 Prize Pool | 1st Alan Gold ( € 187,494 )
Galway played host to the newly launched Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Main Event, and it was Alan Gold who stole the headlines, collecting €187,494 after seeing off PokerStars qualifier Paul Febers heads-up. Gold, a 31-year-old online poker professional and Omaha cash game specialist, was dominant throughout, turning an early final table chip lead into a career-best win in Ireland.
Series 2 | 478 Players | £ 115,915 Prize Pool | 1st Gabriel Dragomir ( £ 16,480 )
Gabriel Dragomir became the second-ever UKIPT Series champion, winning £16,480 after defeating a field of 478 players at PokerStars LIVE at the Hippodrome Casino in London. The 29 year old Romanian businessman played in the event for fun while in London visiting friends, but managed to lock up first place scooping the trophy, title and prize money. Places second to eighth all took home £8,000 after a deal was struck nine-handed.
PokerStars Marbella Festival+
PokerStars Marbella Festival | 763 Players | € 732,480 Prize Pool | 1st Ludovic Geilich ( € 130,000 )
The UK & Ireland’s biggest poker tour teamed up with its sister event, the Estrellas Poker Tour, to stage a huge event in Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol. The Main Event attracted regulars and qualifiers from both tours, with 763 players registering to contest the tournament. A total of 88 places were paid, and the big winner was Ludovic Geilich from Germany, who beat ESPT 3 Ibiza champion Pablo Rojas Martinez in the heads-up finale.
Series 1 | 343 Players | £ 83,177 Prize Pool | 1st Jake Cody ( £ 19,400 )
The first-ever UKIPT Series event took place in the spectacular surroundings of the PokerStars Live at the Hippodrome Casino London and there was a stellar winner, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody. The EPT, World Series and WPT champ added a UKIPT Series title to his resume, with a performance that saw him best a field of 343 players to claim another trophy and £19,400 in first place prize money.