We’re hugely excited to announce the inaugural ‘The Counties’ Team Championship, which will play as the Main Event £75 + £12 (supported by numerous side events from Friday evening*) of the UK & Ireland Championship of Amateur Poker (UKICOAP) taking place over the weekend of Friday 14th Dec 2018 at Grosvenor’s Manchester Bury New Road Casino.
The Counties will see 1 team of 4 players from each County in the UK & Ireland compete over 2 days to be crowned Champions, and below is the Main Event schedule:
13:00 NLHE Tag STT** 10k on 20 min clock.
17:30 NLHE Tag Survivor Shootout STT** 20k on 20 min clock (30 mins level 1).
21:00 Antes Only Tag STT** 10k on 30 min clock.
Points will be scored by players’ finishing positions in each STT and combined to identify the top X teams at the end of Day 1 on Saturday, with those teams progressing onto the final day on Sunday.
Day 2 will have each qualifying team represented as follows:
13:00 NLHE Tag STTs 10k stack on 20 min clock – All 4 players from each team will each play in an STT, and as team members get eliminated, then they may ‘tag’ with any other team member still playing an STT anytime between hands.
Points for these STTs will NOT be awarded – instead, the winner of each STT will qualify THEIR TEAM to play in the final round.
TEAM CAPTAINS AND TEAM MEMBERS
APAT will identify a Team Captain for each County, from all those who volunteer, and that Team Captain is free to choose the other 3 team members – we are restricted on the number of players we can sit, therefore the number of teams is capped and also the number of team members playing each STT will depend on the final number of teams competing – we’re only too aware of the restrictions on team numbers for the UK Team Championship, and consequently we’ve allowed for as many teams as possible to partake in The Counties with the use of the STT/Tag schedule on Day 1.
Players wishing to Captain a County Team, and select their 3 other members, need to put their names forward by 10th Sept 2018. Team Captains will be advised/announced by 12th Sept latest. After this date, any County not ‘taken’ will be open on a ‘first come’ basis for additional Teams/Captains. As per the UK Team Championship, all teams/members will need to buyin, in advance, via a Grosvenor Poker Online Holding Tank by 1st Nov 2018.
The qualifying criteria to play for your County is that you must either have been born in the County (if you don’t know check your birth certificate ) OR you currently live in the County.
1. Full Name
2. County Born
3. County Living In
4. Which County you ‘prefer’ to Captain (you may be asked to Captain either depending on demand – say if you are NOT prepared to Captain the ‘other’ County).
Teams may avail of the discounted embroidered team polo shirts at a cost of £15 each for the APAT event details and team name embroidered onto the left chest (further cost for additional embroidery – eg a ‘County’ logo etc).
UK & IRELAND COUNTIES
Whilst there are many variations of ‘Counties’ for each Country, the following will be used for the purpose of The Counties:
Friday 14th December
18:00 PLO MTT 15k stack on 20 min clock
19:00 NLHE MTT 10k stack on 20 min clock
Sunday 16th December
13:30 NLHE MTT 10k stack on 20 min clock
14:30 PLO MTT 15k stack on 20 min clock
17:00 ROE NLHE/PLO MTT 10k stack on 20 min clock
**Further Main Event details:
13:00 NLHE Tag STT 10k on 20 min clock. 2/3/4* members per team will each play in an STT, with spare players ‘spare’ to tag into any STT with any team member anytime between hands (when a team loses a player from an STT, then that member becomes ‘spare’ to tag if desired).
17:30 NLHE Tag Survivor Shootout STT 20k on 20 min clock (30 mins level 1). 2/3/4* members per team will each play in an STT, with spare players ‘spare’ to tag into any STT with any team member anytime between hands (when a team loses a player from an STT, then that member becomes ‘spare’ to tag if desired). Each STT will automatically eliminate the shortest stack player at the table from the end of Level 1 onwards IF the STT has not already lost its ‘quota’ of players – eg, if at least 1 player busts from an STT during Level 1 then at the end of Level 1 THAT STT would not ‘automatically eliminate’ a player. If 2 or more players have been eliminated before the end of Level 2, then again nobody would ‘automatically be removed’ at the end of Level 2, and so on throughout the levels… so for example, playing 10-handed then at the end of Level 8 the STT will become HU and the STT winner will be the last remaining player or the player with the largest stack at the end of Level 9 (when the shortest stack would be automatically eliminated). No antes will be in play. A 15-second shot clock will be used. Players CANNOT ask for a ‘count’ of another player’s stack – ‘dirty stacks’ are not allowed and chips are to be stacked in same colours/values (to aid players to count stacks themselves) – vigilance throughout the STT is key! These measures are put in place to ensure nobody ‘time wastes’ with the aim to slow play to get another player eliminated. With ‘automatic eliminations’ at the end of every level, each STT will complete at 20:40 hours at the latest (or before if players ‘naturally bust’).
21:00 Antes Only Tag STT 10k on 30 min clock. 2/3/4* members per team will each play in an STT, with spare players ‘spare’ to tag into any STT with any team member anytime between hands (when a team loses a player from an STT, then that member becomes ‘spare’ to tag if desired).