GUKPT Heads-Up Entrants Confirmed, Andrew Feldman in the Sun + more
GUKPT Heads Up Championship Sold Out
The mouth watering £2,500 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour heads up tournament is now officially sold out and the 16 participants have been unveiled. As expected, it is a real who's who of UK poker that includes Neil Channing, John Kabbaj, Barny Boatman and Surinder Sunar. The winner gets £20,000 with the runner up winning £10,000 and the two semi final losers getting £5,000. The draw for the 1st round will take place at 2.45pm on Thursday, just before play commences at 3pm.
The following 16 players will be competing, courtesy of Blue Square:
John Kabbaj - 7/1
Richard Gryko - 15/2
Neil Channing - 8/1
Jeff Duvall - 9/1
Ketul Nathwani - 10/1
James Dempsey - 10/1
Surinder Sunar - 10/1
Mick McCool - 12/1
Stephen Pearce - 12/1
Tom Bentham - 12/1
Barny Boatman - 12/1
Richard Kellett - 14/1
Sammy George - 16/1
Talal Shakerchi - 16/1
Markus Otto - 20/1
Vach Nankoosing - 25/1
John Kabbaj and Neil Channing are understandably the favourites; both men are very successful and respected by their peers. Barny Boatman might be good value at 12/1 as he is a seasoned proin form after making the Aussie Millions final table and GUKPT champion Ketul Nathwani is also worth a peek at 10/1 as he is a heads up specialist. James Dempsey is also due a major live tournament title and this could be his day, worth a punt at 10/1 for sure.
Jade Goody Hospice Charity Tournament Sells Out
Tommorow the Harlow Greyhound Stadium in Essex will host a special charity poker and darts tournament for the St. Clare's Hosipce, the hospital that recently took care of terminally ill reality TV star Jade Goody. The event, organised by Roy 'the Boy' Brindley will see 100 stars stump up £55 for a team poker event which will include Ronnie O'Sullivan, Wayne Mardel and Tony Cascarino. There will also be greyhound racing and Brindley will be signing copies of his excellent new book Life's a Gamble with all the proceeds going to the charity.
Andrew Feldman in the Sun Yesterday
Once again, poker makes it into the tabloids as it has been doing for quite an extended period in the UK recently. This time it is the turn of young online sensation Andrew Feldman, who has been tearing up the online cash games for a few years now and is perhaps best known for winning the 888 UK Open in 2007 as well as multiple appearances on the hit UK poker show, the Party Poker Big Game Cash Den. The news item charts the success of the 21 year old, claiming that he has won over £4 million in the last three years, and has splashed out on an Audi R8 and a £500,000 home.
The focal point of the article appears to be around that he gave up a career as a paperboy to become a multi-millionaire, most of the time a poker player is quitting a lucrative job in the City or as a lawyer to become a card sharp, but with his youthful looks the paperboy emphasis made for quite a comical spin on his story. Let be honest, you don't need to be Phil Ivey to make more from poker than in a paper round, I recall getting £1 a day for my paper round, I'd only need to beat $1 sit and gos to quite that rat race. The story also suggested Feldman has recently signed an endorsement deal with Full Tilt Poker but we are yet to see anything official about that yet (But if it's true, you heard it here first).
WSOP Qualifers on Full Tilt
Is it that time again? Yes the World Series of Poker is just a few months away and Full Tilt Poker have started a huge number of qualifiers into the main event as well as some of the side events. Full Tilt Poker will be sending one of the biggest waves of players to the series this year and you can get your seat a number of ways, many for free. Not only that but any player who wins their seat online and then goes on to win the big one will receive a further $10 million from Full Tilt.
81-player Shootout tournaments will run twice a day, each one giving a $12,000 Main Event package to the winner.
Weekly Cash Qualifiers
Direct buy-in tournaments will run five times weekly awarding $12,000 Main Event prize packages
150 Seat Guarantee
The top 150 players will win $12,000 Main Event prize packages in a huge $1.8 million guaranteed tournament.
Race for Bracelets
Daily Race for Bracelet tournaments will award $2,000 prize packages for use in any WSOP series braclet event of equivalent value.
$200K Stimulus Qualifier
There will be 80 guaranteed seats to Event 4, the $1,000 buy-in "Stimulus Special" event
Race to the Main Event
Players can compete for one of 50 completely free seats at the 2009 Main Event, where you have to make it past several qualifiers to win your seat.