Full Tilt Poker has announced that Sinem Melin, Martins Adeniya, Ben Jenkins, and Dermot Blain will be the tour ambassadors representing the online poker site at the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). Besides taking part in each UKIPT Main Event, the four pros will be associated with several poker experiences and promotions meant exclusively for players who qualified at Full Tilt Poker.
The four will first appear as brand ambassadors at the Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival, which will be held from July 27 to August 12. This event, which is slated to be the largest live poker festival to be ever held in Europe, will comprise 60 poker events based on a wide range of poker variants. The highlight of the Galway Festival will be the UKIPT Galway Main Event, a tournament promising a guaranteed prize of €1 million, which will be held early in August. Two more major events of the Galway Festival will be the €10k Super High Roller Tournament and the €2k UKIPT High Roller Tournament.
Besides taking part in UKIPT events, the four ambassadors will feature as Red Pros at Full Tilt Poker online cash games and tournaments. Dustin Iannotti, senior manager of pro, celebrity, and VIP marketing, said: “These tour ambassadors will help re-define what it means to represent a poker site. These players are working with us to create exciting new live experiences that will leave UKIPT players with memories that extend well beyond the felt.”
Martins Adeniya started playing poker when he was a student of business at Bath University. He began playing low-stakes poker and progressed to multi-table $10/$20 NLHE games online. When he finished third and won more than $180k in the FTOPS Main Event, he decided to play poker full time. Ever since, he has been a regular at live poker tournaments such as European Poker Tour (EPT) and World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Irish poker pro Dermot Blain won more than $540k when he became the champion of the APPT Macau Main Event of 2009. He finished fifth in the WSOPE Main Event 2011 and won more than $365k. He has earned over $1.3 million playing live poker so far.
Ben Jenkins, who has been a professional poker player from 2009, has reached the final tables of several major poker events. Female poker player Sinem Melin has reached the final tables of the UKIPT 2011 Brighton Main Event and the GUKPT 2013 London Main Event.