Season 5 UKIPT Dublin Main Event Begins Today; Massive EPT Dublin Festival Scheduled

UKIPT and EPT Dublin
  • PokerStars takes its UKIPT to Dublin for the fifth time, followed by the first EPT festival for eight seasons.

The first PokerStars UKIPT Main Event of 2016 kicks off today at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland, marking the fifth-consecutive year the popular tour has dropped anchor in the Emerald Isle. However, this particular festival is extra special because it preludes the European Poker Tour (EPT) festivities, which haven’t visited Ireland since eight years ago.

Max Silver won the inaugural UKIPT Dublin Main Event in September 2010 when he topped a field of 590 entrants to secure what was then his career-best live score of €72,000. Silver’s record at UKIPT Dublin is nothing short of brilliant. After his win, Silver finished in fourth-place in the Main Event the following year for €22,650, was the runner-up in the €2,150 High Roller in Season 3 for €17,700, and was runner-up to Kevin Killeen in the Season 4 Main Event, a finish worth €53,700.

If you’re the type of person who likes to bet, you could do much worse that backing yet another deep run for Silver during the Season 5 edition of UKIPT Dublin.

Previous UKIPT Dublin Results

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize poolChampionPrize
1€500+€60590€295,000Max Silver€72,000
2€500+€60718€348,200Joeri Zandvliet€83,500
3€700+€70597€417,900Richard Evans€75,500
4€700+€70682€463,078Kevin Killeen€87,700

This season’s UKIPT Dublin Main Event costs €1,000+€100 to enter and features two starting flights, which both open their doors at 10:00am on February 10 and February 11. Day 2 begins at the later time of 12:00pm on February 12, with Day 3 starting at the same time on February 13.

Love must be in the air because the fourth and final day of the UKIPT Dublin Main Event doesn’t take place on Valentine’s Day (February 14) as one would expect, but at 12:30pm on February 15.

Other UKIPT Dublin highlights include a €300+€30 PokerStars Cup that runs From February 10 through to February 14 and featuring three starting flights. Also, the eagerly anticipated €2,000+€200 UKIPT High Roller from February 13 until February 14.

Massive EPT Dublin Schedule

PokerStars is celebrating its return to Dublin with a massive schedule that has something for everyone. The High Rollers are catered for with the inclusion of a €25,000+€750 buy-in 8-Handed event, there are dozens of low buy-in tournaments planned, plus the €5,000+€300 EPT Dublin Main Event, which runs from February 14 through to February 20.

British legend Ram Vaswani claimed the first-ever EPT Dublin Main Event title back in 2004 when the tour was in its infancy, in fact the Dublin Main Event was only the third-ever stop on the EPT.

Vaswani’s fellow Brit, Roland de Wolfe, topped the field when the EPT Dublin Main Event’s prize pool broke through the €1,000,000 barrier for the first time in 2006. De Wolfe’s win came a year after he won the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris, and three years later he won a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event at the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to complete live poker’s coveted Triple Crown.

Previous EPT Dublin Results

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize poolChampionPrize
1€1,500+€100€244,500Ram Vaswani€93,000 
2€4,000+€200248€992,000Mats Gavatin€317,000
3€5,000+€300389€1,847,750Roland de Wolfe€554,300
4€7,700+€300221€1,701,700Reuben Peters€532,620

PokerNews’ live reporting team is bringing you all of the action from the €25,750 High Roller, the €10,200 Single-Day High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller, and the €5,300 EPT Dublin Main Event, so stay tuned if you want to keep up-to-date with all of the goings on from the EPT Dublin festival.

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