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Microgaming announces a new UCOP edition with €1,000,000 GTD

Microgaming confirmed a new edition of the Universal Championship of Online Poker (UCOP), its flagship tournament series. Over 94 events are scheduled in September, and until today it's the first poker festival taking place this autumn.

Microgaming announces a new UCOP edition with €1,000,000 GTD

UCOP: €1,000,000 guaranteed in September

A few weeks ago, Alex Scott, Managing Director of the MPN poker division confirmed us that a new UCOP edition would be announced soon, and now we have the official dates: September 15th to 29th. 

The network has already hosted a UCOP series this year in April; therefore, we'll have the chance to compare both festivals. In general, the next UCOP will be more significant in all aspects, although it's still unclear whether this edition will feature the traditional leaderboard.

Here are the main indicators of both series:

UCOP Spring Autumn
Total guaranteed €500,000 €1,000,000
Number of events 61 94
Average GTD €8,197 €10,638
Main Event GTD €50,000 €100,000

Perhaps the only factor that will remain the same is the range of buy-ins, which will start from €3,3 up to €320. However, we cannot say that the upcoming UCOP will be record-breaking, as it's very similar to the edition held last year.

Distribution of UCOP tournaments by buy-ins:

Buy-in Tournaments
€2,00 3
€3,00 2
€5,00 6
€10,00 14
€20,00 24
€30,00 8
€50,00 18
€100,00 14
€200,00 4
€300,00 1

In short, almost all events of the series are between €11 and €110 buy-in.

Distribution of UCOP tournaments by type:

Type # of events
Freezeout 17
Rebuy 25
1R/1A 10
Booster 5
Deepstack Freezeout 14
Monster Rebuy 2
Super Bounty 6
Super Bounty Rebuy 5
Super Turbo Rebuy 1
Big Antes 1R/1A 3

Double Stack Freezeout

4
Early Bird Freezeout 2

Note: in an official 2+2 thread, the MPN staff asked for feedback on the schedule, so there is a chance of having small variations on this.

Almost 40% of the tournaments are freezeouts. The UCOP Main Events are the following ones:

  • UCOP Event 48, €30,000 GTD, €110 buy-in;
  • UCOP Main Event, €100,000 GTD (Freezeout), €110 buy-in;
  • UCOP High Roller, €40,000 GTD (Freezeout), €320 buy-in.

The guarantees in all other events are lower than €20,000, and the schedule also includes eight PLO tournaments. The large ones are the #35 and #45, with €55 and €110 buy-ins respectively and the same €7,500 GTD prize pool.

Holding a new UCOP right now is already a great achievement for Microgaming because over the past year the total traffic of the network had decreased by 20%. But, even in 2018, some UCOP tournaments had overlaid, and players can expect more on this series.

During peak time the number of cash tables at MPN rooms is the following one:

  • NL10 19;
  • NL20: 10;
  • NL50: 11;
  • NL100: 4;
  • NL200—400: 4.

Also, a few NL1k-NL10k tables are usually open with 2-3 players.

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Vargoso 10.08.19
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