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PokerStars UKIPT Returns To Edinburgh For Fifth Successive Year



  • The PokerStars UKIPT heads to Edinburgh for the fifth consecutive season between November 18-22.

With 2015 almost over, it's time for PokerStars to make its annual jaunt to the picturesque capital of Scotland for the latest leg of the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Season 5.

Ever present on the tour’s calendar since the UKIPT launched, Edinburgh always attracts some of the best poker talent from around the United Kingdom and Ireland. The city’s beautiful surroundings, its vibrant nightlife and hot poker action make the UKIPT Edinburgh festival a must-play event.

Nick Abou Risk won the inaugural UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event, outlasting 400 other players on his way to securing a £50,000 payday. The following year it was the popular figure of Fintan Gavin who emerged victoriously, and thanks to an increased attendance of 519, the Irishman returned home £61,500 richer than when he arrived in Scotland.

Season 3 saw the buy-in increase to £700+£70, but also saw the number of entrants swell to 612, creating a £415,548 prize pool. Colorful Brazilian Nicolau Villa-Lobos won this edition of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event for £101,000 and went on to finish second in the €25,600 High Roller for €450,000 at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe.

Dean Hutchison is the reigning champion and should be in Edinburgh to defend his title. Hutchison defeated Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree heads-up in Season 4, a victory worth £93,900.

Past UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Winners

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize poolChampionPrize
1£500+£50401£200,600Nick Abou Risk£50,000
2£500+£60519£251,715Fintan Gavin£61,500
3£700+£70612£415,548Nicolau Villa-Lobos£101,000
4£1,000+£100427£485,000Dean Hutchison£93,900

This season’s UKIPT Edinburgh festival takes place at the Genting Club Casino at the Fountain Park Entertainment Centre where 13 tournaments are scheduled. The £700+£70 Main Event runs from November 19-22 and sees established and respected players such as Phil Huxley, Ben Dobson, Leon Louis, Paul McTaggart, Dara O’Kearney, Vicente Delgado, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, and Ludovic Geilich, take to the felt during one of the two starting flights.

Should the Main Event not go as hoped, there is a Plan B with multiple side events running throughout the five-day festival including the eagerly anticipated £300+£30 Edinburgh Cup and the £2,000+£200 Eight Max High Roller with a single reentry.

Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Schedule

Wed 18 Nov6:00 p.m.£150+£15 NL Hold’em Six Handed Turbo
Wed 18 Nov8:00 p.m.£100+£10 NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to the Main Event
Thu 19 Nov12:00 p.m.£700+£70 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Day 1a
Thu 19 Nov6:00 p.m.£100+£10 NL Hold’em Freezeout Satellite to the Main Event
Thu 19 Nov8:00 p.m.£100+£10 NL Hold’em Turbo Win The Button
Fri 20 Nov12:00 p.m.£700+£70 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Day 1b
Fri 20 Nov6:00 p.m.£150+£15+£150 NL Hold’em 1R1A Satellite to the High Roller
Fri 20 Nov10:00 p.m.£500+£50 NL Hold’em Late Night Turbo
Sat 21 Nov12:00 p.m.UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Day 2
Sat 21 Nov12:00 p.m.£2,000+£200 NL Hold’em 8-handed Single Re-Entry High Roller
Sat 21 Nov12:00 p.m.£50+£5 NL Hold’em Hyper Turbo Satellite to the Edinburgh Cup
Sat 21 Nov2:00 p.m.£300+£30 NL Hold’em Edinburgh Cup Day 1a (one re-entry per flight)
Sat 21 Nov8:00 p.m.£300+£30 NL Hold’em Edinburgh Cup Day 1b (one re-entry per flight)
Sun 22 Nov12:00 p.m.UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Final Day
Sun 22 Nov12:00 p.m.£200+£20 PL Omaha Double Chance
Sun 22 Nov12:00 p.m.Edinburgh Cup Final Day
Sun 22 Nov2:00 p.m.£150+£15 NL Hold’em Super Deepstack EPT Edition

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