More details have been released about the upcoming 2008 season of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, and once again it looks like the GUKPT is going to be the premier stop on the UK circuit. Tour manager Jonathan Raab has worked very hard to make a tournament schedule for real poker players with extra value added throughout.
The calendar looks thus far like this:
Leg 1 – Brighton (January)
Leg 2 – Walsall (February)
Leg 3 – London (March)
Leg 4 – Manchester (April)
Leg 5 – Newcastle (May)
Leg 6 – Luton (August)
Leg 7 – Bolton (September)
Leg 8 – Thanet (October)
Leg 9 – Blackpool (November)
Grand Final – London (November)
The tour is also likely to include the Grand Prix and a multi venue 'link' event which will be announced shortly. There is a break in the tour between June and July during the WSOP, but immediately after that there is set to be a week long Online GUKPT Festival on Blue Square Poker and its skins. The number of direct satellites to GUKPT events and side events will also increase, which can be found on skins such as Green Joker Poker.
The ten stops on the GUKPT tour will include a much bigger, festival feel, series of side events. Jonathan Raab has commented that the average festival schedule may look like this:
Monday - £200 NL Hold'em Freezeout (2 day)
Tuesday - £300 DC Hold'em Freezeout (2 day)
Wednesday - £100 PL Omaha Rebuy/£250 PL Omaha Freezeout (1 day)
Thursday - £1,000 NL Hold'em Main Event Day 1a
Thursday (eve) - £100 NL Hold'em Freezeout (1 day)
Friday - £1,000 NL Hold'em Main Event Day 1b
Friday (eve) - £100 NL Hold'em Freezeout (1 day)
Saturday - £1,000 NL Hold'em Main Event Day 2
Saturday (late afternoon start) - £300 NL Hold'em Freezeout (1 day)
Sunday - £1,000 NL Hold'em Main Event Day 3
Sunday (afternoon start) - £200 NL Hold'em Freezeout/£100 NL Hold'em Rebuy (1 day).
The GUKPT Leaderboard, this year won by Dave Smith, will include all the side events and online events in its rankings, so you need not even cash in a main event to have a chance at winning it. The top 18 players at the end of the year will all receive a cash prize so there really will be everything to play for.
As usual, there is lots of added value in all the events this year. Anyone who wins a main event qualifies automatically for the grand final in London. £30,000 is going to be given in prize money for the GUKPT Leaderboard and a special £75,000 freeroll called the Champion of Champions event will take place for everyone who wins a main event, side event or online event. Players chip stacks will vary based on what level of event they won to get there.
The tremendous success of the GUKPT has to be down to the fact that it is a tour organised by poker enthusiasts and 2008 looks to be a mouth watering 12 months on the UK circuit. Who needs Vegas at all this year?
Ed Note: Qualify for the GUKPT 2008 and the European Deepstack Championships at Green Joker Poker