The benefits of qualifying online for EPT and UKIPT London

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.

You could win a Platinum Pass just by qualifying for EPT or UKIPT London



EPT & UKIPT LONDON 2022

October 18-28, 2022

Key dates:

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

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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.

Alex “AAAArthur” Brito spun a $4 satellite into $1.1M by winning the Sunday Million 14th Anniversary edition

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.

Jason Mercier’s glittering career began by qualifying for the EPT online

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.

A very young Mike McDonald qualified for and won EPT Dortmund

And who could forget the most memorable and momentous of them all? The one that went beyond fairy tale to the point of inconceivable.

Chris Moneymaker qualified for the WSOP Main Event on PokerStars and changed the poker world forever

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.

Click on the events tab in the PokerStars client

Highlight events in Europe and you’ll see UKIPT London and EPT London. Click on either and you can open the event lobby.

Click on Europe and open the lobby for UKIPT London or EPT London

In the event lobby, you’ll find all of the satellites running for the event.

There are tons of satellites for both UKIPT London and EPT London

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

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