Full Tilt Poker has just added four Tour Ambassadors to the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). Martins Adeniya, Sinem Melin, Dermot Blain, and Ben Jenkins will represent the online poker room at all stops of the tour and play in each UKIPT Main Event. The Tour Ambassadors will also be part of a number of promotions and experiences that are exclusive to Full Tilt Poker qualifiers.
The Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival — taking place from July 27th through August 12th — is set to be the first outing for the new ambassadors. The Galway Festival series will be the biggest live poker festival ever held in Europe and will show case a range of poker variants over the 60 events in the series. In the spotlight: the €1 million guaranteed UKIPT Galway Main Event in early August; the €2,000 UKIPT High Roller; and the €10,000 UKIPT Super High Roller.
Along with representing Full Tilt Poker on the live felt, the UKIPT Tour Ambassadors will play as Red Pros online at Full Tilt Poker.
“These Tour Ambassadors will help redefine what it means to represent a poker site,” said Dustin Iannotti, Full Tilt Poker’s Senior Manager of Pro, Celebrity & VIP Marketing. “These players are working with us to create exciting new live experiences that will leave UKIPT players with memories that extend well beyond the felt.”
The new Full Tilt Poker ambassadors:
Martins Adeniya first discovered a love of poker while studying business at the University of Bath and quickly worked his way up from low-stakes home games to multi-tabling $10/$20 NL Hold’em online. After earning over $180,000 for a third place finish in the FTOPS Main Event, Martins decided to focus 100% on poker and has since become a familiar face on the live circuit with multiple WSOP and EPT cashes under his belt.
Dermot Blain is one of Ireland’s best-known professional players, bursting onto the poker scene with a stunning triumph in the 2009 APPT Macau Main Event netting him just over $540,000. His record also includes a fifth-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for more than $365,000 and lifetime live tournament earnings of over $1.3 million.
Ben Jenkins has played professionally since 2009, with career highlights including a chop of PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and a number of significant final table appearances. A keen sports fan, Ben is delighted to have the opportunity to represent both Full Tilt Poker and the British poker community on this year’s UKIPT tour.
Sinem Melin is one of Britain’s rising female poker stars, having final tabled both the 2011 UKIPT Brighton Main Event and the 2013 GUKPT London Main Event. She loves to follow high-stakes poker action both online and live and is very proud to act as a Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador for UKIPT Season 4.
PokerNews.com's Kristy Arnett, Sarah Grant, and Laura Cornelius caught up with the new UKIPT ambassadors.
Full Tilt Poker previously announced new representatives on both the Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) and Eureka Poker Tour.
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