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UKIPT / ESPT Malaga ran from June 10-16, 2024. Here’s what happened.


Giménez kicked off PokerStars’ summer of fun in style

Reporting by PokerStars Media Coordinator Jen Mason.

Artús Giménez has won the Estrellas Poker Tour and UK & Ireland Poker Tour Málaga’s €1,100 Main Event for €145,000 after a heads-up deal with Tomasz Wrobel, seeing off the largest ESPT field ever seen outside of Barcelona.

A delighted Giménez has, in his words, “played his best possible poker” to emerge victorious after a four-day fight to – and through – the final table. After a long wrangle with his final opponent Wrobel, Giménez agreed to an ICM chop: €156,200 for Wrobel and €135,000 for him, with €10,000 and the trophy left to play for. In the end, it was the 33-year-old Spaniard who clinched victory – having already finished 5th in the €2,200 High Roller this week for €20,200.

“I will need a couple of days to process it,” Giménez said of his victory, telling the interviewer that he had “run very good all tournament”, with a couple of big Day 3 hands pushing him up to the lead. His plans for the next half of the year firmly include playing at EPT Barcelona (he won a Gold Pass last month) and also a return to Prague where he played and enjoyed his very first EPT event.

ESPT & UKIPT MALAGA €1,100 Main Event

Dates: June 12-16 2024
Entries: 1,146
Prize Pool: €1,100,160

1 Artús Giménez (Spain) – €145,000
2 Tomasz Wrobel (Poland), PokerStars Qualifier – €156,200
3 Ricard Gonzalez (Spain) – €82,800
4 Guido Pieraccini (Italy) – €63,680
5 Giulio Astarita (Italy – €48,900
6 Raffaele Sorrentino (Italy) – €37,600
7 Rafael Anera Ruiz (Spain) – €28,900
8 Giovanni Bellini (Italy) – €22,300
9 Pia Fransson (Sweden) – €17,100

Click here for full Main Event results.

Check out the blow-by-blow action on PokerNews.


A fantastic final table finished off this epic Malaga Main Event, with former EPT (or PokerStars Championship) winners among them.

Learn more about the final nine here:



Having finished third in the €2,200 High Roller earlier in the week, PokerStars Team Pro Sam Grafton went all the way in this one.

The PokerStars Team Pro added €62,450 to his Malaga haul with victory in the €3,300 Super High Roller, topping a 77-entry field. To claim the trophy, “Señor Grafton” (as the crowd referred to him) had to defeat a strong opponent in Italy’s Candido Cappielo. “[He] played really well, probably the strongest at the final,” said Grafton.

“I really enjoyed the tournaments in Málaga,” he added. “It’s the UKIPT on holiday – a lovely walk down the beach to get here every day.”

Super High Roller results:

1 Sam Grafton, PokerStars Ambassador (United Kingdom) – €62,450
2 Candido Cappielo (Italy) – €40,300
3 Ali Muthana Al-Kubasi (Iraq) – €28,800
4 Jose Gonzalez Sanchez (Spain) – €22,140
5 Tian Mengshi (China) – €17,030
6 Anton Gililov (Russia) – €13,540
7 Adria Colomina Guitart (Spain) – €10,830
8 Alexandru Cinca (Romania) – €8,660
9 Yerevan Sargysan (Armenia) – €6,930
10 Konstantin Ivanov (Russia) – €5,540
11 Grigoriou Panagiotis (Greece) – €5,540


Fabio Peluso (right) and runner-up Federico Cirillo

Reporting by PokerStars Media Coordinator Jen Mason.

In a one-two victory for Italy, Fabio Peluso and Federico Cirillo chopped the top two prizes from the €399,360 total prize pool, generated by the 208 entries in the €2,200 ESPT & UKIPT Malaga High Roller.

In an early battle between the two PokerStars Ambassadors on the final table, short-stacked Simon Wiciak was the first to be eliminated by his neighbour Sam Grafton, who woke up with ace-queen when Wiciak shoved with seven-eight suited from the small blind. His live cards even hit a straight on the turn, but Grafton rivered a higher one to send the Frenchman out in 6th (€17,400).

Grafton finished third

Artus Giménez was next out (5th for €22,200), his pocket aces cracked by a rivered straight for fellow Spaniard Sergio Leyva (all-in on the turn when the straight was still a draw). Leyva’s good fortune was not to last, however, and he soon lost an all-in preflop flip against Fabio Peluso. Despite hitting a set of nines on the flop, Leyva had to watch Peluso river a straight of his own with ace-queen suited and send him to collect €28,800 for 4th place.

Three-handed play lasted much longer than the other stages of the final, with Peluso pulling away from his rivals Grafton and Cirillo after a level (three million chips to Grafton’s two and Cirillo’s one). Grafton’s final hand saw him move in from the small blind with king-queen off-suit when button Cirillo folded, only to find a dominating ace-king in the hand of Peluso in the big blind. Undaunted, after outlasting most of a 208-strong High Roller field – and picking up €37,500 for third place – Grafton leapt straight into Day 1C of the €1,100 Main Event (as did four other finalists!).

Heads up, with nearly even stacks, an all-Italian battle for dominance continued for a couple of levels. Both sporting bucket hats, the last two players chatted at the table, while chips passed back and forth. Still almost level, they chopped the prize money, leaving €3,500 to play for. A final preflop all-in flip – jacks vs the ace-queen of Cirillo – and the trophy was Peluso’s.

Final table results

1 Fabio Peluso (Italy) – €70,630
2 Federico Cirillo (Italy) – €67,130
3 Sam Grafton (United Kingdom), PokerStars Ambassador – €37,500
4 Sergio Leyva (Spain) – €28,800
5 Artus Giménez (Spain) – €22,200
6 Simon Wiciak (France), PokerStars Ambassador – €17,400


The ESPT / UKIPT Malaga schedule was full of fantastic side events thanks to a schedule that catered for all bankrolls.

From the €115 no limit hold’em events to the €330 Cup and up to the €3,300 Super High Roller, you can check out all of the results from Malaga at the link below (simply find the tab for the event you wish to view at the bottom of the document).



It’s not just the poker that’s making this Malaga stop so special. The amount of fun to be had off the felt is off the charts, with welcome drinks, a player’s lounge, and football/padel events running for anyone who’d like to take part.

Check out some photos from the activities below, or check out the full photo albums at the following links:

Welcome Drinks
Football and Padel

UKIPT / ESPT Malaga welcome drinks

Conor Beresford and Sam Grafton

Let the fun begin

Hanging out by a different kind of pool

Padel is available to players

Ramon Colillas, Felix Schneiders, Simon Wiciak, Adam McKola and Rory Jennings joined in the fun


Picture your dream holiday. 

Are you seeing pristine beaches, beautiful blue waters, and the hot sun beaming down while you sip a cold beverage?

Or are you seeing yourself deep in a prestigious poker tournament, outwitting your opponents, riding the rush as you battle towards big-money prizes?

Combine those two scenarios and you’ve got yourself perfection – and that’s exactly what the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) is offering players in June.

UKIPT Malaga (ESPT Malaga): June 10 – 16, 2024

Sun, sea, sand and poker await you in Malaga this June as the electrifying atmosphere of the UKIPT returns to Spain for a special summer holiday stop. The tour will join forces with the always-incredible Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) to create a must-visit event for players in the UK, Ireland, Spain, and around the world. 

Elegant yet affordable, exotic yet familiar, the Costa del Sol is the ideal location for a poker getaway. Plus, the Euros kick off over the final few days of the stop, making this an event that can’t be missed.

Satellites for UKIPT stops will run regularly online, plus you can win your way to every event through Power Path – the qualification route designed to get more recreational players to live events.

Some off-the-felt fun from ESPT Barcelona 2023


Dates: June 10-16, 2024
Venue: The Gran Madrid | Casino Torrequebrada

The introduction of UKIPT and ESPT Malaga follows the footsteps of the successful UKIPT Marbella which took place from 2013 to 2018 – an event that became a hugely popular stop with recreational players on both the ESPT and UKIPT schedule. 

The ESPT & UKIPT Malaga event will take place from June 10-16, at The Gran Madrid | Casino Torrequebrada in the heart of the Costa Del Sol in the beautiful Municipality of Benalmádena, an incredibly popular and accessible location for poker players and holidaymakers, just 2.5 hours from the UK. 

Whether you’re a seasoned player or a newcomer to the game, this festival promises something for everyone. And if you’re worried about cost, don’t be. Accommodation near the venue is plentiful and affordable, and the festival schedule will ensure everyone can join in without breaking the bank. 

Visit the official UKIPT Malaga site for more details.




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