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Sky Poker Gears Up for Its £1.275 Million UK Poker Championships

2016 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships
  • The 2016 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships take place at Dusk Till Dawn between February 24-29.

Anyone who has competed at a previous edition of the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships can attest to it being a fantastic poker festival, one that has an eclectic mix of recreational and professional poker players sharing one common goal: to win a coveted UKPC trophy.

Leigh Wiltshire triumphed in the inaugural UKPC Main Event back in August 2014, returning home with a comedy-sized check for £110,000. Wiltshire’s story was one that caught the imagination of the poker community thanks to him having qualified for the UKPC £1,100 Main Event for a single cent.

The UKPC returned to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham during February 2015. Its Main Event trophy and £200,000 first-place prize headed up the M1 Motorway to Sheffield with the now reigning champion, Fraser Bellamy.

This week, the eagerly anticipated 2016 edition of the Sky Poker UKPC heads to Dusk Till Dawn for a six-day festival where at least £1.275 million has to be won across five tournaments.

2016 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Schedule

Wed 24 Feb7:00pmUKPC High Roller Day 1One re-entry per day£2,000+£200£100,00050,00040-mins
Thu 25 Feb12:00pmUKPC Main Event Day 1aFreezeout (re-entry next day)£1,000+£100£1,000,00050,00040-mins
Thu 25 Feb1:00pmUKPC High Roller Day 2One re-entry per day£2,000+£200£100,00050,00040-mins
Fri 26 Feb12:00pmUKPC Main Event Day 1bFreezeout (re-entry next day)£1,000+£100£1,000,00050,00040-mins
Sat 27 Feb12:00pmUKPC Main Event Day 1cFreezeout (re-entry next day)£1,000+£100£1,000,00050,00040-mins
Sat 27 Feb5:00pmUKPC 8-Max Day 1One re-entry per day£500+£50£100,00050,00040-mins
Sun 28 Feb12:00pmUKPC Main Event Day 2   50-mins 
Sun 28 Feb1:00pmUKPC 8-Max Day 2One re-entry per day£500+£50£100,00050,00040-mins
Sun 28 Feb5:00pmUKPC 6-Max Day 1One re-entry per day£500+£50£50,00050,00040-mins
Mon 29 Feb12:00pmUKPC Main Event Final Day   60-mins 
Mon 29 Feb1:00pmUKPC 6-Max Day 2One re-entry per day£500+£50£50,00050,00040-mins
Mon 29 Feb3:00pmUKPC 8-Max TurboOne re-entry per day£500+£50£25,00050,00020-mins

Kicking off the 2016 UKPC in style on Wednesday 24 February is the £2,000+£200 buy-in UKPC High Roller event, a tournament that attracted 43 entries in 2015, all of whom were outlasted by the talented Lithuanian Matas Cimbolas, who added £60,000 to his already impressive lifetime winnings tally.

Other side events include a £550 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed 8-Max event, a £550 buy-in £50,000 guaranteed 6-Max tournament, and a £550 buy-in £25,000 guaranteed 8-Max Turbo to round things off nicely.

While all of those tournaments are sure to be well attended, it is the UKPC Main Event that is garnering the most attention, which is what you’d expect from a £1,100 buy-in tournament that features a huge £1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Cheap satellites for the £1 million guaranteed 2016 UKPC Main Event have been running at Sky Poker for several weeks, and more recently at partypoker (due to its relationship with Dusk Till Dawn), so the standard of competition is likely to be softer than one would expect from a similarly prized tournament.

As is usually the case with live poker tournaments, the final starting flight, Day 1c on Saturday 27 February, is going to be the busiest day by some margin, which means if you want to play in this flight it would be best to buy in sooner rather than later.

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