We’re hugely excited to announce the inaugural ‘The Counties’ Team Championship, which will play as the Main Event (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:
Sat 15th Dec 2018
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.
Day 1 of The Counties will have 3 players from every team compete in each round of STT’s, with the 4th team member available to tag into any STT whilst the table is not involved in a hand – as members get eliminated from an STT, then they may also ‘tag’ with any of their team members when not involved in a hand. If there is any dispute between team members as to whether a ‘tag’ will take place, then the final decision rests with the player already at the table.
Points will be scored by players’ finishing positions in each STT and combined to identify the top 20 teams at the end of Day 1 on Saturday, with those teams progressing onto Day 2 on Sunday.
Sun 16th Dec 2018
Day 2 will have each qualifying team represented as follows:
13:00 NLHE Tag STTs 10k stack on 30 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.
Day 2 of The Counties – Final Table Qualifying Round will have all 4 players from each of the 20 teams compete in an individual STT, and as team members get eliminated, then they may ‘tag’ with any other team member still playing an STT anytime between hands (with again the team member actually sitting at the table having the final say on whether a tag will take place or not).
So Day 2 will have 20 teams (being 80 players) and will play 8 x 10-handed STTs with each STT winner qualifying for the Final Table 8 (so points for these STTs will NOT be awarded).
Day 2 of The Counties – Final Table 8 Where any team qualifies more than 1 player for the Final Table, then that team will start the Final Table with their individual player having a multiple stack (10k for each FT qualified player).
Again, team members not seated at the table may tag anytime between hands – but on this occasion the Team Captain will have the final say on whether a tag takes place or not (in the absence of the Team Captain then again the player at the table has the final say – play will NOT be held up for any decision).
Each team on the Final Table will have 2 ‘time out’ cards which the player sitting may exercise at any time whilst in a hand – they will each be for 1 minute during which the seated player may consult with his other team members.
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
TEAM CAPTAINS & 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).
|County/Region||Country||Captain||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Conf|
|Argyll and Bute||SCO|
|Ayrshire and Arran||SCO|
|Bath and North East Somerset||ENG|
|Berwickshire||SCO||Rory Laidlaw||Jamie Lackenby||Shaun Long||Neil Carielies||Yes|
|Blackburn with Darwen||ENG|
|Blackpool||ENG||Ky Hutchinson||Dave Garden||Richard Gilby||Steve Haley||Yes|
|Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)||WAL|
|Brighton and Hove||ENG|
|Bristol||ENG||Sean Dukes||Jake Stone||Christian Wiliams||Tom Feilding||Yes|
|Cardiff (Caerdydd)||WAL||Dan Lowe||Dawid Rutkowski||Robert Davies||Terry Evans||Yes|
|Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)||WAL|
|Cheshire West and Chester||ENG||Neil Farquhar||Ira Washer||Kathryn Farquhar||Lee Millar||Yes|
|Cumbria||ENG||Jon Seal||John Darby||Mark Curwen||Chris Salmon||Yes|
|Darlington||ENG||Dawn Burnip||Liam Hamilton||Karen Lythe||Jack Hodgson||Yes|
|Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)||WAL|
|Derbyshire||ENG||Phil Colls||Paul Taylor||Roy Smith||Anita Males||Yes|
|Durham||ENG||Dan Norton||Bob Mercer||Ryan Kilbey||Dave Morris||Yes|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||ENG|
|Edinburgh||SCO||Barrie Cullen||Ali Waldie||Sean Spoor||Gary Napier||Yes|
|Essex||ENG||Vince Eley||Tristan Chaplin||Dawn Cooke||Gary Lipman||Yes|
|Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)||WAL|
|Gloucestershire & The South West||ENG|
|Greater London||ENG||Ian Thompson||David Harvey||Barry Moody||Matt Martin||Yes|
|Greater London - Central||ENG|
|Greater London - East||ENG|
|Greater London - North||ENG|
|Greater London - South||ENG|
|Greater London - West||ENG|
|Hampshire||ENG||Dave Kingswell||Dave Paxton||Jo Harris||Dave Howarth||Yes|
|Hertfordshire||ENG||Lisa Greer||Ben Greer||Danny Strange||Darren Beard||Yes|
|Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)||WAL|
|Isle of Wight||ENG|
|Kent||ENG||Matt Carter||Steven Twigg||John Donovan||Dave Stevenson||Yes|
|Kingston upn Hull||ENG||Duanne Porter||Joe Gaynard||Robert Green||Stuart Bell||Yes|
|Lancashire||ENG||Ian Szerlowski||Andrew Young||Adam Szerlowski||Zac Crosland||Yes|
|Lancashire - Bolton||ENG||Brian Frew||Carl Norris||Nick Bowen||Chris Cunliffe||Yes|
|Lancashire - Bury||ENG|
|Lancashire - City of Manchester & Rochdale||ENG||Tommy Dunne||Peter Munro||Stephen Wintersgill||Kieran Fitzharris||Yes|
|Lancashire - City of Salford||ENG|
|Lancashire - Oldham||ENG|
|Lancashire - Rochdale||ENG|
|Lancashire - Stockport||ENG|
|Lancashire - Tameside||ENG|
|Lancashire - Trafford||ENG|
|Lancashire - Wigan||ENG|
|Lincolnshire||ENG||Dave Burt||Alan Haycock||Matthew Lee||Stuart Burt||Yes|
|Luton||ENG||Karen Mead||Liam Reading||Dan Powell||Edmonde Horne||Yes|
|Merseyside - City of Liverpool||ENG||Steve Bayliff||Andy Kingan||Dave Chan||Mike Buck||Yes|
|Merseyside - Knowsley||ENG|
|Merseyside - Sefton||ENG|
|Merseyside - St Helens||ENG|
|Merseyside - Wirral||ENG|
|Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)||WAL|
|Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)||WAL|
|N Yorks/Mi'bro/Redcar & Cleveland||ENG||Stacey Binns||Trevor Buck||Matthew Fishburn||Robbie Irwin||Yes|
|Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)||WAL|
|Newport & Torfaen||WAL||Warren Jones||Shaun Hiscox Cotter||Steve Manning||Steve Roderick||Yes|
|North East Lincolnshire||ENG|
|Northamptonshire & Cambridgeshire & Suffolk||ENG||David Amos||Jo Chillmaid||Karen Balbi||Joby Plunkett||Yes|
|Oxfordshire||ENG||John Jarvis||Paul Redmond||Tom Bacon||Davide Carnovale||Yes|
|Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)||WAL|
|Perth and Kinross||SCO|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf||WAL||Jon Rees||David Burke||Anthony Gale||Jason Kemp||Yes|
|Ross and Cromarty||SCO|
|Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale||SCO|
|Shropshire||ENG||Andrew Duncan||Debjani Duncan||Will Young||Clive Padden||Yes|
|Staffordshire||ENG||Kev Bloor||Chris Keyworth||Ross Freeman||Dave Halliday||Yes|
|Stirling and Falkirk||SCO|
|Stockton-on-Tees||ENG||Stuart Ward||Brian Harland||Phil Tompkinson||Matthew Ward||Yes|
|Stoke-on-Trent||ENG||Darren Sutton||Steve Piddock||Chris Harvey||Mimo Dellasio||Yes|
|Telford and Wrekin||ENG|
|The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright||SCO|
|Tyne and Wear||ENG|
|City of Sunderland||ENG||Gary Roberts||Trevor Roberts||Ben Roberts||Terry Oakley||Yes|
|Tyne and Wear - Newcastle & Gateshead||ENG|
|Tyne and Wear - North Tyneside||ENG|
|Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside||ENG|
|Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)||WAL|
|West Midlands||ENG||Gareth Howard||Tom Cawley||Huw Finister-Jones||Tony Trippier||Yes|
|West Midlands - City of Birmingham||ENG|
|West Midlands - City of Coventry||ENG|
|West Midlands - City of Wolverhampton||ENG|
|West Midlands - Dudley||ENG|
|West Midlands - Sandwell||ENG||Matthew Cromwell||Jack Hipkiss||Matt Kay||Adam Smith||Yes|
|West Midlands - Solihull||ENG|
|West Midlands - Walsall||ENG|
|West Yorkshire||ENG||Chris Hiam||Pete Wigglesworth||Antony Wolsey||Barry Simpson||Yes|
|West Yorkshire - Barnsley||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - Calderdale||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - City of Bradford||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - City of Leeds||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - City of Sheffield||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - City of Wakefield||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - Doncaster||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - Kirklees||ENG|
|West Yorkshire - Rotherham||ENG|
|Wiltshire||ENG||Oli Clark||Kelvin Gray||Stuart Astbury||Ryan Bishop||Yes|
|Worcestershire||ENG||Nic Rawlings||Claire Bailey||Ricky Buckland||Phil Matty||Yes|
|Wrexham (Wrecsam)||WAL||Nye Venables||Gary Phillips||Rob Lloyd||Philip Long||Yes|
MORE EVENT INFO
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).