It’s well worth qualifying online for both the UKIPT and EPT London stops, even if you can afford to buy in directly. Here’s a look at what you get, how you can qualify, and how you can win a Platinum Pass simply by being a qualifier.
EPT & UKIPT LONDON 2022
October 18-28, 2022
UKIPT Main Event: October 18-22 – £1,100
UKIPT Mystery Bounty Cup: October 20-21 – £440
EPT H-O-R-S-E Championship: October 20-21 – £1,100
UKIPT High Roller: October 21-22 – £2,200
EPT Super High Roller: October 21-23 – £50,000
EPT Main Event: October 22-28 – £5,300
EPT Platinum Pass Mystery Bounty: October 24-26 – £3,000
EPT High Roller: October 26-28 – £10,300
FOLLOW IN THESE QUALIFIERS’ FOOTSTEPS
Throughout the PokerStars Blog’s 17-year existence, we’ve chronicled countless tales of tournament qualifiers, some so improbable you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d spun you a yarn.
For example, there’s Alex Brito: the Brazilian who lost his job at the beginning of the Covid pandemic and then turned a $4 satellite into $1.1 million by winning the Sunday Million Anniversary.
Then there’s the 21-year-old from Florida who qualified for the European Poker Tour (EPT) San Remo online back in 2008–only his second major live tournament –and won it all for €869,000, his first recorded cash. His name? Jason Mercier.
That same year we also saw a baby-faced, brace-toothed qualifier named Mike McDonald take down EPT Dortmund for €933,600 to become the youngest-ever EPT champion at just 18 years of age.
And who could forget the most memorable and momentous of them all? The one that went beyond fairy tale to the point of inconceivable.
The evidence is clear: everyone loves a satellite-winner spin-up.
But even if your bankroll affords you the ability to buy into a tournament directly, sometimes there are added bonuses reserved only for qualifiers, aside from simply getting in for cheap.
Even super high rollers like Stephen Chidwick, Dominik Nitsche, Timothy Adams and Daniel Dvoress still regularly win packages to EPT events through online satellites, despite clearly having big enough bankrolls to buy in directly.
At the upcoming UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and EPT stops in London, those who qualify for either Main Event on PokerStars are privy to a host of added benefits.
Most notably, an effortless shot at a Platinum Pass worth $30,000.
WHAT ONLINE QUALIFIERS GET AT EPT / UKIPT LONDON
All online qualifiers for EPT London and UKIPT London will be eligible to participate in a live “all-in shootout tournament” on October 22 at the Hilton Park Lane, where the winner will receive a Platinum Pass worth $30,000.
You read that right. You could win a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PPC) 2023 and you don’t even need to be in the room.
Check out: Why all the fuss about the PSPC?
An all-in shootout tournament is when players are forced all in every and until there’s a winner. That means even if you’re unable to attend the tournament in person, you’ll still be in with a shot of winning simply by being an online qualifier.
WHAT A PACKAGE CONTAINS
If you win a ‘Package’ online, you’ll also get your tournament buy-in and expenses covered.
For UKIPT London, the package is worth £2,000 and includes:
- £1,100 Main Event buy-in
- £900 credited to your PokerStars account (which can be used for travel/accommodation)
And for EPT London, the package is worth £9,200 and includes:
- £5,300 Main Event buy-in
- 8 nights’ accommodation for you and a guest at the 5-star Hilton Park Lane Hotel, with breakfast included (21-29 October, value £3,392)
- £508 credited to your PokerStars account (which can be used for travel expenses)
There are also ‘Seat Only’ satellites for both events on PokerStars. Win one of them and you’ll simply win your seat in the tournament.
But that’s not all.
Qualifiers also get:
- Food and beverage vouchers
- Massage vouchers
- Exclusive merchandise
- Liaison support
- Early access to sign up for activities
Plus, full-package qualifiers also get free transfers from the airport to the event hotel.
How’s that for added value?
HOW TO QUALIFY ONLINE FOR EPT / UKIPT LONDON
Open your PokerStars client and click on the ‘Events’ tab.
Highlight events in Europe and you’ll see UKIPT London and EPT London. Click on either and you can open the event lobby.
In the event lobby, you’ll find all of the satellites running for the event.
IMPORTANT: Do not play satellites unless you are able to attend the live event as unregistration from the live event is not permitted.
STRATEGY FOR POKER SATELLITES
To help you win your way into EPT London and UKIPT London, check out these strategy articles on PokerStars Learn:
HOW TO APPROACH ONLINE SATELLITES TO LIVE POKER EVENTS
HOW TO PLAY POKER SATELLITES
3 TOP TIPS FOR PLAYING IN POKER SATELLITES
HOW TO SATELLITE INTO HIGH STAKES TOURNAMENTS