With the summer winding down and more poker players heading back to the tables, many online poker rooms are putting together major tournament series. At MPN, the long-running poker network is holding the 4th Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP), which gets underway this Sunday and runs through September 23rd.

Being a medium-sized online poker network, at MPN you won’t get the headline-grabbing tournament guarantees of PokerStars and partypoker, but there are plenty of tournaments and perks to give players a good reason to give the UCOP a look, especially as they fill out their September tournament schedules.

The 2018 UCOP Schedule

During the course of the UCOP, the MPN will hold 88 tournament events which in total are guaranteeing over €1 million in prizes. UCOP tournaments feature buy-ins ranging from €5 to €300 and tournament types that run the gamut with MPN offering Booster, Deepstacks, Big Antes, Rebuy tournament and more. Although the series is dominated by No Limit Hold’em events, the occasional Pot Limit Omaha tournament is also offered, with bonus leaderboard points for those that participate.

On September 23rd, the UCOP culminates with the €110 buy-in €100,000 guaranteed UCOP Main Event. Players can qualify for the Main Event — as they can for many other UCOP events — through satellites starting at just €0.11. More on this later.

EventDay/DateDateTime(GMT)NameBuy inFeeGame
1SundaySeptember 9th13:00UCOP Event #1 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€5€0.50NLH
2SundaySeptember 9th14:00UCOP Event #2 - €15,000 (1R/1A)€50€5NLH
3SundaySeptember 9th15:00UCOP Event #3 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€10€1PLO
4SundaySeptember 9th16:00UCOP Event #4 - €30,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
5SundaySeptember 9th17:00UCOP Event #5 - €20,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
6SundaySeptember 9th17:30UCOP Event #6 - €20,000 (Freezeout)€200€15NLH
7SundaySeptember 9th19:00UCOP Event #7 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)€50€5NLH
8MondaySeptember 10th16:00UCOP Event #8 - €12,500 (1R/1A)€50€5NLH
9MondaySeptember 10th16:30UCOP Event #9 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
10MondaySeptember 10th17:00UCOP Event #10 - €10,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
11MondaySeptember 10th18:00UCOP Event #11 - €10,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
12MondaySeptember 10th19:00UCOP Event #12 - €7,500 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)€30€3NLH
13TuesdaySeptember 11th16:00UCOP Event #13 - €7,500 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€10€1NLH
14TuesdaySeptember 11th16:30UCOP Event #14 - €5,000 (Deepstack)€20€2NLH
15TuesdaySeptember 11th17:00UCOP Event #15 - €7,500 (Booster)€30€3NLH
16TuesdaySeptember 11th18:00UCOP Event #16 - €15,000 (Big Antes 1R/1A)€100€10NLH
17TuesdaySeptember 11th19:00UCOP Event #17 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)€50€5NLH
18WednesdaySeptember 12th16:00UCOP Event #18 - €10,000 (Booster)€50€5NLH
19WednesdaySeptember 12th16:30UCOP Event #19 - €7,500 (Deepstack)€30€3NLH
20WednesdaySeptember 12th17:00UCOP Event #20 - €10,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
21WednesdaySeptember 12th17:30UCOP Event #21 - €2,000 (Freezeout)€10€1PLO
22WednesdaySeptember 12th18:00UCOP Event #22 - €10,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
23WednesdaySeptember 12th19:00UCOP Event #23 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)€30€3NLH
24ThursdaySeptember 13th16:00UCOP Event #24 - €15,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
25ThursdaySeptember 13th16:30UCOP Event #25 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
26ThursdaySeptember 13th17:00UCOP Event #26 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)€50€5NLH
27ThursdaySeptember 13th17:30UCOP Event #27 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€5€0.50NLH
28ThursdaySeptember 13th18:00UCOP Event #28 - €15,000 (1R/1A)€100€10NLH
29ThursdaySeptember 13th19:00UCOP Event #29 - €7,500 (Freezeout)€30€3NLH
30FridaySeptember 14th16:00UCOP Event #30 - €3,000 (1R/1A)€20€2PLO
31FridaySeptember 14th16:30UCOP Event #31 - €15,000 (Deepstack)€100€10NLH
32FridaySeptember 14th17:00UCOP Event #32 - €15,000 (Freezeout)€200€15NLH
33FridaySeptember 14th18:00UCOP Event #33 - €3,000 (Turbo Rebuy)€5€0.50NLH
34FridaySeptember 14th19:00UCOP Event #34 - €5,000 (Bounty Rebuy)€10€1NLH
35SaturdaySeptember 15th16:00UCOP Event #35 - €10,000 (1R/1A)€30€3NLH
36SaturdaySeptember 15th16:30UCOP Event #36 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
37SaturdaySeptember 15th17:00UCOP Event #37 - €10,000 (Turbo Rebuy)€20€2NLH
38SaturdaySeptember 15th18:00UCOP Event #38 - €10,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
39SaturdaySeptember 15th19:00UCOP Event #39 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)€50€5NLH
40SundaySeptember 16th13:00UCOP Event #40 - €7,500 (Big Antes Freezeout)€30€3NLH
41SundaySeptember 16th14:00UCOP Event #41 - €15,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)€50€5NLH
42SundaySeptember 16th15:00UCOP Event #42 - €20,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
43SundaySeptember 16th16:00UCOP Event #43 - €10,000 (Booster)€100€10PLO
44SundaySeptember 16th17:00UCOP Event #44 - €30,000 (Freezeout)€300€20NLH
45SundaySeptember 16th17:30UCOP Event #45 - €10,000 (Rebuy)€10€1NLH
46SundaySeptember 16th18:00UCOP Event #46 - €15,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
47SundaySeptember 16th19:00UCOP Event #47 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)€50€5NLH
48MondaySeptember 17th16:00UCOP Event #48 - €10,000 (1R/1A)€30€3NLH
49MondaySeptember 17th16:30UCOP Event #49 - €10,000 (Deepstack)€50€5NLH
50MondaySeptember 17th17:00UCOP Event #50 - €7,500 (Rebuy)€10€1NLH
51MondaySeptember 17th18:00UCOP Event #51 - €15,000 (Booster)€100€10NLH
52MondaySeptember 17th19:00UCOP Event #52 - €7,500 (Freezeout)€50€5NLH
53TuesdaySeptember 18th16:00UCOP Event #53 - €7,500 (Freezeout)€50€5NLH
54TuesdaySeptember 18th16:30UCOP Event #54 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
55TuesdaySeptember 18th17:00UCOP Event #55 - €10,000 (Turbo Rebuy)€20€2NLH
56TuesdaySeptember 18th18:00UCOP Event #56 - €15,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
57TuesdaySeptember 18th18:30UCOP Event #57 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)€30€3NLH
58TuesdaySeptember 18th19:00UCOP Event #58 - €2,500 (Turbo Rebuy)€5€0.50PLO
59WednesdaySeptember 19th16:00UCOP Event #59 - €7,500 (1R/1A)€10€1NLH
60WednesdaySeptember 19th16:30UCOP Event #60 - €5,000 (Deepstack)€20€2NLH
61WednesdaySeptember 19th17:00UCOP Event #61 - €15,000 (Rebuy)€30€3NLH
62WednesdaySeptember 19th18:00UCOP Event #62 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)€50€5NLH
63WednesdaySeptember 19th19:00UCOP Event #63 - €10,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)€100€10NLH
64ThursdaySeptember 19th16:00UCOP Event #64 - €2,000 (Freezeout)€20€2PLO
65ThursdaySeptember 20th16:30UCOP Event #65 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
66ThursdaySeptember 20th16:30UCOP Event #66 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)€100€10NLH
67ThursdaySeptember 20th17:00UCOP Event #67 - €15,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
68ThursdaySeptember 20th18:00UCOP Event #68 - €20,000 (Booster)€200€15NLH
69ThursdaySeptember 20th19:00UCOP Event #69 - €10,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)€50€5NLH
70FridaySeptember 21st16:00UCOP Event #70 - €7,500 (Rebuy)€10€1NLH
71FridaySeptember 21st16:30UCOP Event #71 - €5,000 (Deepstack)€20€2NLH
72FridaySeptember 21st17:00UCOP Event #72 - €10,000 (Turbo Double Stack Freezeout)€50€5NLH
73FridaySeptember 21st18:00UCOP Event #73 - €10,000 (Bounty Freezeout)€100€10NLH
74FridaySeptember 21st19:00UCOP Event #74 - €10,000 (1R/1A)€30€3NLH
75SaturdaySeptember 22nd16:00UCOP Event #75 - €7,500 (Booster)€30€3NLH
76SaturdaySeptember 22nd16:30UCOP Event #76 - €2,500 (Deepstack)€10€1NLH
77SaturdaySeptember 22nd17:00UCOP Event #77 - €10,000 (Double Stack Rebuy)€20€2NLH
78SaturdaySeptember 22nd17:30UCOP Event #78 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€5€0.50NLH
79SaturdaySeptember 22nd18:00UCOP Event #79 - €15,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
80SaturdaySeptember 22nd19:00UCOP Event #80 - €15,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)€200€15NLH
81SundaySeptember 23rd13:00UCOP Event #81 - €7,500 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)€5€0.5NLH
82SundaySeptember 23rd14:00UCOP Event #82 - €5,000 (Rebuy)€10€1PLO
83SundaySeptember 23rd15:00UCOP Event #83 - €25,000 (Rebuy)€20€2NLH
84SundaySeptember 23rd16:00UCOP Main Event - €100,000 (Freezeout)€100€10NLH
85SundaySeptember 23rd17:00UCOP High Roller - €40,000 (Freezeout)€300€20NLH
86SundaySeptember 23rd17:30UCOP Event #86 - €10,000 (Turbo 1R/1A)€50€5PLO
87SundaySeptember 23rd18:00UCOP Event #87 - €15,000 (Turbo 1R/1A)€50€5NLH
88SundaySeptember 23rd19:00UCOP Event #88 - €5,000 (Super Turbo Rebuy)€20€2NLH

Earn a UCOP trophy, lucrative packages and cash

Although some players may decide to just play a few tournaments, MPN will be awarding frequent players — and especially good performers — with special rewards during the UCOP. A trophy will be given to the best player of the tournament series, determined by performance in the UCOP’s 88 events.

In addition to receiving a trophy, the winner will receive €3,000 in cash as well as two MPN Poker Tour packages for use during the tour across Europe. Players finishing in the top 20 also wont be left empty-handed with prizes, as they will be rewarded with prizes ranging from MPN packages to cash, totaling €15,000 in added benefits.

UCOP Leaderboard Prizes (September 9-September 23)
PositionPrize
1stTwo Packages for MPN Poker Tour at the Battle of Malta in 2018 OR any MPN Poker Tour festivals of 2019 plus
€3,000 in cash and the "Greatest Poker Player in the Universe" Trophy
2nd1 Package for MPN Poker Tour at the Battle of Malta in 2018 OR any 2019 MPN Poker Tour festival plus
€1,500 in cash
3rd1 Package for MPN Poker Tour at the Battle of Malta in 2018 OR any 2019 MPN Poker Tour festival plus
€500 in cash
4th€1,250
5th€750
6th€500
7th€300
8th-10th€150
11th-15th€100
16th-20th€50

The formula the determine the UCOP leaderboard position uses four elements: buy-in, number of entrants, position in tournaments and a final table bonus, which increases the higher you finish.

MPN UCOP Tournament Formula

In addition to points earned for performance, players can earn Bonus Points for select achievements, which can be earned both on and off the poker felt during the series.

UCOP Leaderboard Bonus Points
Tweet on Twitter as you play in the UCOP. A player must Tweet "Currently playing in a #UCOP event as (insert your alias). #ThrillOfPoker" Earn 20 Bonus Points per day
Play at least one Pot Limit Omaha UCOP EventEarn 50 Bonus Points (1x)
Play 10 UCOP Satellites of any valueEarn 75 Bonus Points (1x)
Play in the UCOP Main EventEarn 75 Bonus Points (1x)
Cash in 5 or more UCOP EventsEarn 175 Bonus Points (1x)

Bonus Points for the Tweet and entering the PLO event will be updated every day whereas the remaining three achievements will be posted on September 24th.

Players can keep up with their position in the leaderboard daily at 8 AM GMT throughout the tournament.

UCOP freerolls and satellites

While these tournaments aim to attract a diverse group of players, MPN is giving players a chance to play for either free or for low buy-ins

Qualify for the UCOP Main Event Freeroll

Players that play at least 10 UCOP satellites with buy-ins of €11 or greater through September 23rd will receive a free ticket to the UCOP Main Event freeroll, where three €110 seats will be awarded to the September 23rd Main Event.

Earn your UCOP Tournament entry

Each day, the UCOP tournament will hold 360 satellites — with buy-ins starting at just €0.11, which players can enter to qualify for higher buy-in tournaments of the UCOP.

Don’t worry about the satellites filling – at least 1 ticket to a UCOP tournament is guaranteed for every satellite.

Highlights of the MPN UCOP satellite schedule include two major events, most notably the €22 100-seat Mega Feeder, which will guarantee €11,000 in seats to the €100,000 guaranteed Main Event. Low stakes players should also check out the €0.11 Monster Rebuy, which directly feeds into the Main Event. The tournament is held each Sunday with the winner receiving a €110 Main Event seat.

Feedback for MPN

What do you think about the UCOP? MPN is seeking player feedback for the UCOP as well as the major poker software update that was recently released.

To share your feedback, players are encouraged to submit questions and concerns through the newly sponsored forum over at Two Plus two.