With the end of the 2017 edition of the MPN’s Universal Championship of Poker, the Universe has found its Greatest Poker Player - Simon Jones. In the month of September, a €750,000 was guaranteed across 59 events, which is an increase of €250,000 on the previous year’s guarantees. The event was tagged as the biggest UCOP to date with over €810,000 in prize pools.
“I hadn’t actually planned on playing the whole UCOP series but; I’d been doing really well on the MPN the previous couple of months. Plus the size of the fields in the network tournaments mean you have a realistic chance of getting close to the money a decent chunk of the time, so I decided to see how the first few days went before committing myself. I had a couple of third place finishes and other deep runs to put me in the top five. Then a €5.4K win in Event #32 catapulted me to the top spot. I really wanted that trophy and I’m chuffed to actually win.”
Simon Jones, Greatest Poker Player in the Universe 2017
“The poker industry’s most thrilling tournament series comes to a close once more, with another huge increase in prize pools compared to the previous year. Congratulations to Simon on becoming the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe…for now!”
Alex Scott, Head of Product (Network Games) at Microgaming