The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) has been a roaring success to become the biggest – and some might say best – series in the region, with the recently completed Nottingham stop highlighting that by offering a guarantee of £1 million in prizes…even before the entry field size was known.
Robert Baguley – a 60-year-old retired landlord from Leicestershire – pocketed £210,400 for winning the Dusk Till Dawn main event after besting an almost unbelievable 1,625-strong field that each stumped up the £770 buy-in to create an astonishing £1,137,500 prize pool, with another Englishman, Mohammed Ashfaq, leaving with £1,240 down in 207th place.
Many players throughout the UK and Ireland will hope to emulate veteran Baguley’s incredible success in the East Midlands poker venue but struggle to find the cash to buy into the tour’s main events.
Free Entry Can Lead to Main Event Participation
However, PokerStars have created the UKIPT Poker League with that very problem in mind, as players can secure seats to the next tour tournament for free when playing in the league. The poker room even has cash prizes available, as well as satellite tickets to be won for free in Division Two – or just £1.10 in Division One.
The UKIPT Poker League is, of course, exclusive to UK and Ireland players and provides wonderful added value, so if a shot at becoming the next UKIPT main event champion is on your mind, then this regional event could well be the beginning of an amazing journey to glory. If this is not reason enough already to start playing at this site, you might want to read our PokerStars review here for more information.
Tour Stops Offer Buy-Ins For All Budgets
But even if you fancy entering a lower buy-in UKIPT event, there are plenty on offer at every leg of the tour – ensuring that pretty well anyone can afford to take a shot at live tournament success.
Most of you will be curious as to where to find the UKIPT Poker League tournaments, so let me tell you right now. It’s quick and easy, so just follow these simple steps after logging into your account: go to the main lobby, click the ‘Tourney’ tab and then the ‘Regional’ tab to see every satellite available.
I’m also certain you’ll be interested to know what the leading prizes are on offer via league participation. Well, here you go…
- One UKIPT prize package valued at £1,300 – or €1,300 – including the main event buy-in, accommodation and expenses
- One UKIPT main event seat-only package valued at £770 (€770)
- Over £1,700 in cash prizes
- Over £750 (€750) worth of UKIPT satellite qualifier tickets
League Events Staged Every Day
As alluded to above, the league has been split into two divisions, with events running every day at 19:00 for both levels. Points are up for grabs whenever you play – from 20 points for a win to one point for just taking part – with those collecting the most at the end of each month winning the prizes we’ve listed further down.
Second place will win you 18 points, while places three to nine will see 16 down to 10 points awarded. Also, any other money finish outside the top nine will provide Division One players with five points, while the same score will be given to those inside the top 20% in Division Two.
You can keep up to date with your league position by visiting the UKIPT League Rankings page, while also remembering that the first place prize packages for Division One and event seats for Division Two are only acceptable at the next available UKIPT stop.
Fabulous Monthly Prizes Up For Grabs
Now, if two players tie for first place in either division, they will then play a best-of-three heads-up game, with the loser picking up the second place prize within their division.
The monthly prizes – which are listed below – will be credited to the lucky entrants’ accounts at least seven days before the end of the month.
1st, £300 + £1,300 UKIPT prize package
2nd, £100 + £108.50 satellite ticket
3rd, £50 + £44 satellite ticket
4th, £40 + £22 satellite ticket
5th, £30 + £5.50 satellite ticket
6th-10th, £20 + £5.50 satellite ticket
11th-25th, £15 + £5.50 satellite ticket
26th-50th, £10 + £5.50 satellite ticket
51st-100th, £5 + £5.50 satellite ticket
1st, £50 + £770 UKIPT main event seat
2nd, £30 + £44 satellite ticket
3rd, £20 + £22 satellite ticket
4th, £15 + one month of free Division One tickets
5th, £10 + one month of free Division One tickets
6th-10th, £7.50 + one week of free Division One tickets
11th-25th, £5 + one week of free Division One tickets
Now, if you haven’t already signed up at PokerStars but fancy a piece of the UKIPT Poker League action, download PokerStars now and start the fun!