UKIPT London 2023: The PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) is still going strong in the world of competitive poker. By winning the UKIPT Brighton Main Event on September 10, Benjamin Spraggy Spragg, a prominent member of Team PokerStars, recently inscribed his name into the UKIPT history. Now, as the London Main Event, set to start on September 21, approaches, he stands on the verge of becoming a two-time UKIPT champion.
The UKIPT London event takes place at the prestigious Hippodrome Casino from September 19 to September 24, with the vibrant English capital serving as its backdrop. The £2,200 buy-in High Roller event, which will take place from September 20 to 21, promises to draw renowned poker enthusiasts with its high stakes spectacle.
Poker enthusiasts can enjoy the £350 UKIPT Cup on September 23 and 24. However, the £1,100 UKIPT London Main Event, which takes place from September 21 to 24, is without a doubt the showpiece of this poker extravaganza.
The Main Event, a multifaceted event, offers three flights, one of which is a Day 1c with a turbo structure. Each participant sets out on their quest with 30,000 chips and plays through 40-minute levels (20 minutes for the turbo Day 1). Blinds open at 100/100/100a, and as each Day 1 goes on, the field gradually gets smaller until only 15% of players are left standing. Notably, people are only allowed a total of three entries per flight, which adds an element of strategy to the process.
One finds a storied lineage of former champions when researching the history of UKIPT London 2023. The first two European Poker Tour (EPT) London festivals in 2010 and 2011 included the UKIPT London, which served as the tour’s Grand Final.
In the early stages of his poker career, Sergio Aido made a name for himself by winning £144,555, a six-figure windfall.
Before the illustrious Martin Jacobson, the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, inscribed his name as the most recent UKIPT Main Event victor and left with a hefty sum of £232,300, successors like Brett Angell, Rapinder Cheema, Usman Siddique, and James Rann followed suit, inking their names on the roll of honor.
The UKIPT London 2023 Main Event’s chronological development is outlined below:
- 2013: Sergio Aido won the $746,221 prize pool after paying a buy-in of £770. There were 1,099 participants.
- 2014 saw a buy-in of £770, 1,089 participants, a prize pool of $739,431, and Brett Angell as the winner with £115,083
- 2015: Rapinder Cheema (£78,825) won the tournament with a buy-in of £770 and 742 participants.
- 2016: Usman Siddique won the title with a buy-in of £770, 649 participants, and a prize pool of £454,300.
- 2022: James Rann (£86,569) won the event after paying a buy-in of £1,100 and having 645 participants.
- 2022: Martin Jacobson won the $1,100 buy-in, 1,458 participants, $1,399,680 in prize money, and the event.
Looking at the 2023 UKIPT London Schedule, we see a veritable buffet of poker treats. The schedule includes games like the £220 Charity Event, the £220 Women’s Event, and a restricted freeroll satellite open only to PokerStars players who have qualified for the UKIPT London online.