For further information please contact the Microgaming Press Office:

01624 727777

News

05.10.17

Simon Jones is crowned the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe

ISLE OF MAN – The 2017 edition of the MPN’s Universal Championship of Poker has come to a close. €750,000 was guaranteed across 59 events in September, a €250,000 increase on the previous year’s guarantees. In total, over €810,000 in prize pools were generated making it the biggest UCOP to date.

A €10,000 leaderboard tracked player progress throughout the series to determine who the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe was. Professional poker player/sports psychology lecturer, Simon Jones, took the crown with a €5,000 cash bonus and trophy to prove it. 

“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

This was the third annual Universal Championship of Poker on the MPN. More details regarding the promotion can be found here.