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.
|1||Sunday||September 9th||13:00||UCOP Event #1 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€5||€0.50||NLH|
|2||Sunday||September 9th||14:00||UCOP Event #2 - €15,000 (1R/1A)||€50||€5||NLH|
|3||Sunday||September 9th||15:00||UCOP Event #3 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€10||€1||PLO|
|4||Sunday||September 9th||16:00||UCOP Event #4 - €30,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|5||Sunday||September 9th||17:00||UCOP Event #5 - €20,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|6||Sunday||September 9th||17:30||UCOP Event #6 - €20,000 (Freezeout)||€200||€15||NLH|
|7||Sunday||September 9th||19:00||UCOP Event #7 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|8||Monday||September 10th||16:00||UCOP Event #8 - €12,500 (1R/1A)||€50||€5||NLH|
|9||Monday||September 10th||16:30||UCOP Event #9 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|10||Monday||September 10th||17:00||UCOP Event #10 - €10,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|11||Monday||September 10th||18:00||UCOP Event #11 - €10,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|12||Monday||September 10th||19:00||UCOP Event #12 - €7,500 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)||€30||€3||NLH|
|13||Tuesday||September 11th||16:00||UCOP Event #13 - €7,500 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€10||€1||NLH|
|14||Tuesday||September 11th||16:30||UCOP Event #14 - €5,000 (Deepstack)||€20||€2||NLH|
|15||Tuesday||September 11th||17:00||UCOP Event #15 - €7,500 (Booster)||€30||€3||NLH|
|16||Tuesday||September 11th||18:00||UCOP Event #16 - €15,000 (Big Antes 1R/1A)||€100||€10||NLH|
|17||Tuesday||September 11th||19:00||UCOP Event #17 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|18||Wednesday||September 12th||16:00||UCOP Event #18 - €10,000 (Booster)||€50||€5||NLH|
|19||Wednesday||September 12th||16:30||UCOP Event #19 - €7,500 (Deepstack)||€30||€3||NLH|
|20||Wednesday||September 12th||17:00||UCOP Event #20 - €10,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|21||Wednesday||September 12th||17:30||UCOP Event #21 - €2,000 (Freezeout)||€10||€1||PLO|
|22||Wednesday||September 12th||18:00||UCOP Event #22 - €10,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|23||Wednesday||September 12th||19:00||UCOP Event #23 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)||€30||€3||NLH|
|24||Thursday||September 13th||16:00||UCOP Event #24 - €15,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|25||Thursday||September 13th||16:30||UCOP Event #25 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|26||Thursday||September 13th||17:00||UCOP Event #26 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|27||Thursday||September 13th||17:30||UCOP Event #27 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€5||€0.50||NLH|
|28||Thursday||September 13th||18:00||UCOP Event #28 - €15,000 (1R/1A)||€100||€10||NLH|
|29||Thursday||September 13th||19:00||UCOP Event #29 - €7,500 (Freezeout)||€30||€3||NLH|
|30||Friday||September 14th||16:00||UCOP Event #30 - €3,000 (1R/1A)||€20||€2||PLO|
|31||Friday||September 14th||16:30||UCOP Event #31 - €15,000 (Deepstack)||€100||€10||NLH|
|32||Friday||September 14th||17:00||UCOP Event #32 - €15,000 (Freezeout)||€200||€15||NLH|
|33||Friday||September 14th||18:00||UCOP Event #33 - €3,000 (Turbo Rebuy)||€5||€0.50||NLH|
|34||Friday||September 14th||19:00||UCOP Event #34 - €5,000 (Bounty Rebuy)||€10||€1||NLH|
|35||Saturday||September 15th||16:00||UCOP Event #35 - €10,000 (1R/1A)||€30||€3||NLH|
|36||Saturday||September 15th||16:30||UCOP Event #36 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|37||Saturday||September 15th||17:00||UCOP Event #37 - €10,000 (Turbo Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|38||Saturday||September 15th||18:00||UCOP Event #38 - €10,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|39||Saturday||September 15th||19:00||UCOP Event #39 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|40||Sunday||September 16th||13:00||UCOP Event #40 - €7,500 (Big Antes Freezeout)||€30||€3||NLH|
|41||Sunday||September 16th||14:00||UCOP Event #41 - €15,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|42||Sunday||September 16th||15:00||UCOP Event #42 - €20,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|43||Sunday||September 16th||16:00||UCOP Event #43 - €10,000 (Booster)||€100||€10||PLO|
|44||Sunday||September 16th||17:00||UCOP Event #44 - €30,000 (Freezeout)||€300||€20||NLH|
|45||Sunday||September 16th||17:30||UCOP Event #45 - €10,000 (Rebuy)||€10||€1||NLH|
|46||Sunday||September 16th||18:00||UCOP Event #46 - €15,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|47||Sunday||September 16th||19:00||UCOP Event #47 - €10,000 (Turbo Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|48||Monday||September 17th||16:00||UCOP Event #48 - €10,000 (1R/1A)||€30||€3||NLH|
|49||Monday||September 17th||16:30||UCOP Event #49 - €10,000 (Deepstack)||€50||€5||NLH|
|50||Monday||September 17th||17:00||UCOP Event #50 - €7,500 (Rebuy)||€10||€1||NLH|
|51||Monday||September 17th||18:00||UCOP Event #51 - €15,000 (Booster)||€100||€10||NLH|
|52||Monday||September 17th||19:00||UCOP Event #52 - €7,500 (Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|53||Tuesday||September 18th||16:00||UCOP Event #53 - €7,500 (Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|54||Tuesday||September 18th||16:30||UCOP Event #54 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|55||Tuesday||September 18th||17:00||UCOP Event #55 - €10,000 (Turbo Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|56||Tuesday||September 18th||18:00||UCOP Event #56 - €15,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|57||Tuesday||September 18th||18:30||UCOP Event #57 - €7,500 (Bounty Freezeout)||€30||€3||NLH|
|58||Tuesday||September 18th||19:00||UCOP Event #58 - €2,500 (Turbo Rebuy)||€5||€0.50||PLO|
|59||Wednesday||September 19th||16:00||UCOP Event #59 - €7,500 (1R/1A)||€10||€1||NLH|
|60||Wednesday||September 19th||16:30||UCOP Event #60 - €5,000 (Deepstack)||€20||€2||NLH|
|61||Wednesday||September 19th||17:00||UCOP Event #61 - €15,000 (Rebuy)||€30||€3||NLH|
|62||Wednesday||September 19th||18:00||UCOP Event #62 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|63||Wednesday||September 19th||19:00||UCOP Event #63 - €10,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|64||Thursday||September 19th||16:00||UCOP Event #64 - €2,000 (Freezeout)||€20||€2||PLO|
|65||Thursday||September 20th||16:30||UCOP Event #65 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|66||Thursday||September 20th||16:30||UCOP Event #66 - €10,000 (Double Stack Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|67||Thursday||September 20th||17:00||UCOP Event #67 - €15,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|68||Thursday||September 20th||18:00||UCOP Event #68 - €20,000 (Booster)||€200||€15||NLH|
|69||Thursday||September 20th||19:00||UCOP Event #69 - €10,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|70||Friday||September 21st||16:00||UCOP Event #70 - €7,500 (Rebuy)||€10||€1||NLH|
|71||Friday||September 21st||16:30||UCOP Event #71 - €5,000 (Deepstack)||€20||€2||NLH|
|72||Friday||September 21st||17:00||UCOP Event #72 - €10,000 (Turbo Double Stack Freezeout)||€50||€5||NLH|
|73||Friday||September 21st||18:00||UCOP Event #73 - €10,000 (Bounty Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|74||Friday||September 21st||19:00||UCOP Event #74 - €10,000 (1R/1A)||€30||€3||NLH|
|75||Saturday||September 22nd||16:00||UCOP Event #75 - €7,500 (Booster)||€30||€3||NLH|
|76||Saturday||September 22nd||16:30||UCOP Event #76 - €2,500 (Deepstack)||€10||€1||NLH|
|77||Saturday||September 22nd||17:00||UCOP Event #77 - €10,000 (Double Stack Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|78||Saturday||September 22nd||17:30||UCOP Event #78 - €5,000 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€5||€0.50||NLH|
|79||Saturday||September 22nd||18:00||UCOP Event #79 - €15,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|80||Saturday||September 22nd||19:00||UCOP Event #80 - €15,000 (Turbo Early Bird Freezeout)||€200||€15||NLH|
|81||Sunday||September 23rd||13:00||UCOP Event #81 - €7,500 (Turbo Monster Rebuy)||€5||€0.5||NLH|
|82||Sunday||September 23rd||14:00||UCOP Event #82 - €5,000 (Rebuy)||€10||€1||PLO|
|83||Sunday||September 23rd||15:00||UCOP Event #83 - €25,000 (Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
|84||Sunday||September 23rd||16:00||UCOP Main Event - €100,000 (Freezeout)||€100||€10||NLH|
|85||Sunday||September 23rd||17:00||UCOP High Roller - €40,000 (Freezeout)||€300||€20||NLH|
|86||Sunday||September 23rd||17:30||UCOP Event #86 - €10,000 (Turbo 1R/1A)||€50||€5||PLO|
|87||Sunday||September 23rd||18:00||UCOP Event #87 - €15,000 (Turbo 1R/1A)||€50||€5||NLH|
|88||Sunday||September 23rd||19:00||UCOP Event #88 - €5,000 (Super Turbo Rebuy)||€20||€2||NLH|
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)|
|1st||Two 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
|2nd||1 Package for MPN Poker Tour at the Battle of Malta in 2018 OR any 2019 MPN Poker Tour festival plus
€1,500 in cash
|3rd||1 Package for MPN Poker Tour at the Battle of Malta in 2018 OR any 2019 MPN Poker Tour festival plus
€500 in cash
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.
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 Event||Earn 50 Bonus Points (1x)|
|Play 10 UCOP Satellites of any value||Earn 75 Bonus Points (1x)|
|Play in the UCOP Main Event||Earn 75 Bonus Points (1x)|
|Cash in 5 or more UCOP Events||Earn 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.