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New PartyPoker Loyalty Programme, GUKPT announce 2009 Season and more

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GUKPT 2009 Announced

The GUKPT news keeps rolling in, now that the season is over, the Champion of Champions has been crowned as has the GUKPT Player of the year, we look forward to next season. This year seemed pretty hard to top, but somehow it looks like they are going to do just that, with a mouth watering schedule.

Its 9 main event legs and a grand final again, but with a juicy looking series of mini and online festivals too. There will be two high roller heads up matches at the Vic, which will be a sight to behold and the main event at the Vic will also be a £1,500 affair. The Cardiff leg makes a welcome return and for the first time Scotland will have a festival of their own, in Aberdeen during the summer series. Each festival will be at least a week long.

More added value, as the Champion of Champions returns this time with a £100,000 prize pool and the player of the year race will be have a £50,000 pool (So expect Marc Goodwin to go nuts again in 2008).

It is all very exciting news from the biggest tour in the UK and the GUKPT is once again showing that we don't need Vegas to put on a fantastic value, prestigious and fiercely competitive poker tour. Congratulations to everyone involved in the GUKPT and we can't wait till next year.

Leg 1: Brighton — January 12th - 18th
Online Short Handed Festival: Blue Square Poker — January 19th - 23rd
Leg 2: Walsall — February 21st - March 1st
Leg 3: London — March 19th -29th
Leg 4: Manchester — April 18th - 26th
Leg 5: Newcastle — May 18th - 24th
Summer Series 1: Bolton — June 11th - 14th
Summer Series 2: Aberdeen — June 18th - 21st
Summer Series 3: Walsall — June 25th - 28th
Online Summer Festival: Blue Square Poker — July 20th - 24th
Leg 6: Luton — August 1st - 9th
Leg 7: Cardiff — August 31st - September 6th
Leg 8: Thanet — October 12th - 18th
Leg 9: Blackpool — November 7th - 15th
Grand Final: London — November 19th - 29th
Champion of Champions Festival: Luton — November 30th - December 6th

No Rebuys at the 2009 WSOP?

A representative from the WSOP has indicated that rebuy events might be on the way out in 2009, after concerns that pros are 'buying bracelets' in the rebuy events. A lot of players have voiced concerns that rebuy events allow those players with deep pockets have a considerable edge over the rest of the field in these events. There has also been a suggestion of a 'winner takes all event' – which would be one of the sickest events ever at the series.

New Loyalty Programme at Party

Party Poker have given their loyalty programme a real shot in the arm this week, with a brand new, much simpler VIP system. You can now redeem your PartyPoints much more easily for cash, with 12,000 being worth $500, 30,000 worth $1,500 and 150,000 worth $15,000. You can also redeem them in a store or for tournament packages.

Obviously it's much better value to go for the 150,000 point, $15,000 package. But you can also choose to redeem your points for a bonus, instead of a cash injection, which you have to clear. For the same points of a $1,500 cash package, you could instead opt for a $3000 bonus which you have to clear in a certain time period. More benefits and packages are being added to the store all the time, so now is a great time to start raking away at Party Poker.

EPT Prague Day1a Complete

272 players ponied up for day 1a of the last event on the 2008 EPT calendar, the EPT Prague Main Event and some big names were sent packing, including Gus Hansen, Theo Jorgensen and last year's winner Arnaud Mattern. Johnny Lodden and Sebastian Ruthenberg are amongst the survivors and most of the UK contingent are playing today, which you can follow using our superb live updates section.

Day 1a Chip Leaders
Ludovic Lacay - 94,200
Dan Pedersen - 71,200
Constantin Cirstea - 69,500
Lukas Gideon Schwartz Orbach - 69,200
Vasilis Chantzaras - 67,700
Jose Luis Navarro - 63,500
Philip Hepburn - 62,500
Allan Baekke - 62,300
Henrik Lundstrvm - 60,500
Roy Von Der Locht - 58,300

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