Full Tilt Poker Reveals Four New Red Pros and UKIPT Ambassadors Ahead of Galway Series
Full Tilt Poker has announced the names of four Tour Ambassadors to represent the online poker room at all stops of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). Martins Adeniya, Sinem Melin, Dermot Blain and Ben Jenkins will participate in each UKIPT Main Event and will be involved in a number of promotions and experiences open exclusively to Full Tilt Poker qualifiers.
The players' first outing as Full Tilt Poker ambassadors will take place during the Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival from July 27 through Aug. 12. The series is set to be the biggest live poker festival ever held in Europe with a total of 60 events encompassing a huge range of variants, highlighted by the €1 million guaranteed UKIPT Galway Main Event in early August. The Main Event, as well as the €2,000 UKIPT High Roller and the €10,000 UKIPT Super High Roller, will be covered by the PokerNews Live Reporting team.
In addition to their participation on the live felt, the UKIPT Tour Ambassadors will play online at Full Tilt Poker as Red Pros.
“These Tour Ambassadors will help redefine what it means to represent a poker site,” said Dustin Iannotti, Full Tilt Poker’s Senior Manager of Pro, Celebrity & VIP Marketing. “These players are working with us to create exciting new live experiences that will leave UKIPT players with memories that extend well beyond the felt.”
Here's a look at the new Full Tilt Poker ambassadors:
Martins Adeniya first discovered a love of poker while studying business at the University of Bath and quickly worked his way up from low-stakes home games to multi-tabling $10/$20 NL Hold’em online. After earning over $180,000 for a third place finish in the FTOPS Main Event, Martins decided to focus 100% on poker and has since become a familiar face on the live circuit with multiple WSOP and EPT cashes under his belt.
Dermot Blain is one of Ireland’s best-known professional players, bursting onto the poker scene with a stunning triumph in the 2009 APPT Macau Main Event netting him just over $540,000. His record also includes a fifth-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for more than $365,000 and lifetime live tournament earnings of over $1.3 million.
Ben Jenkins has played professionally since 2009, with career highlights including a chop of PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and a number of significant final table appearances. A keen sports fan, Ben is delighted to have the opportunity to represent both Full Tilt Poker and the British poker community on this year’s UKIPT tour.
Sinem Melin is one of Britain’s rising female poker stars, having final tabled both the 2011 UKIPT Brighton Main Event and the 2013 GUKPT London Main Event. She loves to follow high-stakes poker action both online and live and is very proud to act as a Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador for UKIPT Season 4.
Our very own Kristy Arnett, Sarah Grant and Laura Cornelius rounded up the new UKIPT ambassadors to discuss their roles.
This marks the third set of live event tour representatives to be revealed by Full Tilt Poker; the online poker room previously announced details of its representatives on both the Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) and Eureka Poker Tour.
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