Dutchman Mateusz Moolhuizen (29) has taken down MPN’s Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP) for the second time.
Moolhuizen amassed 1202.294 points taking him to first place on the UCOP Passport leaderboard. He will receive three MPN Poker Tour (MPNPT) packages worth Euro 4,500, plus a Euro 550 Online Tournament tickets package offering the opportunity to travel to all of the remaining MPNPT live poker events in 2019.
On the first day of the series, Moolhuizen won the UCOP Passport Event #2, which secured his place within the top five positions of the leaderboard, and on Sunday 3 February, he won the €110 UCOP Passport Event #26, catapulting him to the top.
Featuring 112 events, the series guaranteed over Euro 500,000 and awarded Euro 10,000 worth of prizes through the UCOP Passport leaderboard. Winners of any UCOP Passport event also qualified for the Tournament of Champions on 17 February 2019, which was won by RedStar player ‘Mipha’, who was awarded an MPNPT package worth Euro 1,500.
This year’s inaugural UCOP Passport Main Event comprised a field of 503 entries, with 93 of those awarded through satellites.
The MPN brings back the UCOP tournament series with the introduction of UCOP Vegas, which runs from 14-28 April 2019, and will guarantee Euro 500,000. The series will also include the UCOP Vegas leaderboard, awarding Euro 20,000 worth of prizes across all UCOP Vegas events. The player claiming the top spot will take home an exclusive Las Vegas experience for two worth Euro 7,500, plus a Euro 2,500 Online Tournament tickets package.
Qualification for the UCOP Vegas series is scheduled to start on 8 April 2019 and will run 24 hours a day on all participating MPN poker rooms.
Alex Scott, Managing Director of Poker at Microgaming:
“Congratulations to Mateusz on taking the top spot in the UCOP Passport series leaderboard. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s UCOP Passport series, it’s great to see how well received it was. With a range of buy-ins from €0.55 to €320, the UCOP series catered for players of all levels and has been successful with our operators’ players, and we look forward to bringing back the popular series in April with UCOP Vegas.”