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UKIPT Cork Festival Begins Wednesday; Main Event Capped at 800

Lat year's champion Sam Razavi with Kara Scott

The PokerStars UKIPT returns to Cork this week for the latest instalment of the ever-popular tour.

The Rochestown Park Hotel will be the venue for the six-day festival, during which time 12 UKIPT tournaments – including satellites – will take place. The first event begins at 18:00 on Feb. 13 when the €100+€10 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed tournament opens its doors, a tournament that is sure to be extremely popular.

When the UKIPT was last in Cork in May 2011, the six-max opening event attracted 125 players and boasted a prize pool of €12,125. The eventual winner that day was Fergal Nealon (€3,225) who defeated Jason Tompkins (€2,150) heads-up for the title.

The tournament that receives the most attention will be the four-day Main Event, which has had its buy-in upped to €770 from the €560 of the previous season. Day 1a of the UKIPT Cork Main Event gets underway on Feb. 14 at 12:00, which is sure to displease the romantics among us, but we are positive if those playing Day 1a manage to make it into the money place all will be forgiven!

Last season’s UKIPT Cork Main Event saw 602 players pack into the Rochestown Park Hotel and created a €291,970 prize pool. The largest slice of that money went to the popular pro Sam Razavi, who picked up €71,000 after he defeated David O’Connor heads-up. Should the Main Event receive similar numbers this year, the prize pool will be boosted significantly and we could be talking about a €100,000 first place prize.

Season 3 UKIPT Cork Schedule

Wed 13 Feb18:00NL Holdem 6 Handed€100+€106,00025 min
Thu 14 Feb12:00Main Event Day 1a€700+€6015,00060 min
Thu 14 Feb20:00NL Holdem Turbo€100+€108,00015 min
Fri 15 Feb12:00Main Event Day 1b€700+€7015,00060 min
Fri 15 Feb20:00NL Holdem Turbo Bounty€100+€50+€108,00015 mins
Sat 16 Feb12:00Main Event Day 2   
Sat 16 Feb18:00NL Holdem High Roller Day 1€2,000+€15020,00045 min
Sat 16 Feb20:00NL Holdem Day 1€300+€3010,00040 min
Sun 17 Feb12:00Main Event Day 3   
Sun 17 Feb13:00High Roller Day 2   
Sun 17 Feb14:00NL Holdem Day 2   
Sun 17 Feb14:00PL Omaha€200++€2010,00030 min
Sun 17 Feb17:00NL Holdem Turbo Deepstack€150+€1515,00015 min
Mon 18 Feb12:00Main Event Final Table   

UK & Ireland PokerNews will be bringing you recaps of the action from the UKIPT Cork Main Event every morning until a champion is crowned, so ensure you check back in with us every day this week!

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