Full Tilt Poker (FTP) recently confirmed that it has selected four special Tour Ambassadors who will represent FTP in the online poker room during all stops of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). The four individuals who were selected are Sinem Melin, Dermot Blain Martins Adeniya and Ben Jenkins. All four participants will take part in each of the UKIPT Main Events and will also take on the responsibility of being actively involved in events and on-going promotions that are open only to Full Tilt Poker qualifiers.
With this appointment of ambassadors, FTP has now completed its third set of live event tour representatives. The other two sets of representatives were put together for the Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) as well as the Eureka Poker Tour.
In a statement, Dustin Iannotti, Full Tilt Poker’s Senior Manager of Pro, Celebrity & VIP Marketing said
These Tour Ambassadors will help redefine 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.
The four representatives will start immediately as their first event as players will be at the Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival which takes place between the 27th of July to the 12th of August. The series is getting a lot of publicity as it is considered to be one of the largest live poker festivals in Europe. The festival comprises of 60 events that have a number of different features. The most prestigious event will be the main event that comes with a €1 million guaranteed UKIPT Galway Main Event.
Here is a quick snapshot of the four FTP Ambassadors Martins Adeniya studied at the University of Bath and took a keen interest in poker. He swiftly rose from low-stakes home games to multi-tabling $10/$20 NL Hold’em online. He decided to go full time after he came in third during a FTOPS Main Event, which helped him earn over $180,000. He is well known on the poker circuit and has a number of WSOP and EPT cashes to his credit.
Dermot Blain comes from Ireland and is one of the most popular poker players in the country. He rose to fame with his stunning win in the 2009 APPT Macau Main Event where he took home $540,000.
Ben Jenkins started playing professional poker from 2009 and has done extremely well by having a chop of PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up as well as making the final table for a number of major tournaments.
Sinem Melin is one of the upcoming female poker stars in the UK and has made the final table at the 2011 UKIPT Brighton Main Event and the 2013 GUKPT London Main Event.