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GUKPT Manchester & APAT London this Weekend, ECOOP is Back + more

Simon Moorman

GUKPT Manchester Begins Tomorrow
Never a quiet weekend on the UK poker calendar, the next leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour takes place tomorrow. The G Casino in Manchester once again hosts this event, which is its second major tournament of the year after the Pokerstars UKIPT. Last year Chris Moorman’s Dad Simon made a bit of history when he took down this event, despite it only being his second ever live game. This year the 9 day festival kicks off with a £150 freezeout with the £1000 main event starting on Thursday. The side event schedule looks like this:

Saturday 17th April £150 + £15 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Sunday 18th April £100 + £10 £NL Hold'em Rebuy 7.30pm
Monday 19th April £200 + £20 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Tuesday 20th April £300 + £30 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Wednesday 21st April £100 + £10 PL Omaha Rebuy 6pm
Wednesday 21st April £150 + £15 NL Super Sat to Main Event 8.30pm
Thursday 22nd April £100 + £10 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Friday 23rd April £100 + £10 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Saturday 24th April £250 + £25 NL Hold'em Freezeout 7.30pm
Sunday 25th April £100 + £10 NL Hold'em Bounty Tournament 5pm

You can buy in direct to any of these events at Blue Square Poker. You can also start off your GUKPT campaign with a free £11 and £55 tournament token, exclusive when you join BlueSquare Poker via UK Pokernews, also good for an impressive $500 sign up bonus.

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APAT UK Amateur Championship Tomorrow
This weekend is also the next leg of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT), which hosts the UK Championship at the Vic in London. As usual its a £75 main event with a £250 Pot Limit ‘Pro’ Event. As always the main event sold out in a matter of minutes but the pro event may have some availability.

Its too late to buy into this main event, but you can buy in direct or qualify for future APAT events at Betfair Poker.

ECOOP is Back
The European Championships of Online Poker are back on the iPoker network. They take place between May 14 to June 16, with a 10 event mini-ECOOP taking place before the 14 tournament main series. $5.1 million is guaranteed in this varied online festival, the main series of which looks like this:

May 24, 8pm: Event 1 — no-limit hold’em freezeout,$200+$15 buy-in, $250,000 GT
May 25, 8pm: Event 2 — limit seven-card Stud, $250+$18 buy-in, $50,000 GT
May 26, 8pm: Event 3 — no-limit hold’em turbo rebuy, $100+$9 buy-in, $200,000 GT
May 27, 8pm: Event 4 — no-limit hold’em freezeout, $750+$50buy-in, $350,000 GT
May 28, 8pm: Event 5 — pot-limit Omaha high-low, $100+$9 buy-in, $100,000 GT
May 29, 8pm: Event 6 — pot-limit Omaha 6-max, $1,000+$60 buy-in, $150,000 GT
May 30, 8pm: Event 7 — no-limit hold’em freezeout, $500+$35 buy-in, $500,000 GT
May 31, 8pm: Event 8 — no-limit hold’em, $2,500+$100 buy-in, $500,000 GT
June 1, 8pm: Event 9 — pot-limit Omaha rebuy, $100+$9 buy-in, $150,000 GT
June 2, 8pm: Event 10 — no-limit hold’em 6-max, $300+$20 buy-in, $250,000 GT
June 3, 8pm: Event 11 — no-limit hold’em freezeout, $200+$15 buy-in, $100,000 GT
June 4, 8pm: Event 12 — no-limit hold’em rebuy, $100+$9 buy-in, $300,000 GT
June 5, 8pm: Event 13 — pot-limit Omaha freezeout, $400+$30 buy-in, $100,000 GT
June 6, 6pm: Event 14 — no-limit hold’em, $1,500+$80 buy-in, $1,500,000 GT

Probably the best place to qualify for these events would be Poker770 as not only do you get a $500 bonus but you will also be eligible for our terrific $2,770 freeroll series on top of the ECOOP.

WSOP Sponsorship Facebook Page
We caught an interesting looking Facebook page that is offering sponsorship for the 2010 World Series of Poker. Normally we would just dismiss such a claim as spam and move on, but we noted it was from poker agency Poker Icons, who are heavily involved in poker sponsorship. From what we can tell you cannot get sponsorship ahead of time so don’t go booking your flight, but if you are one of the lucky people that finds themselves on a feature table during the series, they might be able to swing some endorsements your way, which is something all savvy poker players have in the back of their mind as soon as they land in Vegas.

Of course if you want to get there for next to nothing, check out our guide to getting to the 2010 WSOP.

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