The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) returns for its sixth season on January 23 and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Along with a number of tweaks and improvements there are a number of features that have been brought back by popular demand and two brand new stops for the tour to drop anchor in.
The 2012 GUKPT will take place over 11 legs across within the UK and for the first time ever the tour will head across the sea to Dublin an also Belgium, making a total of 13 legs. The GUKPT will be adding a total of £200,000 across these events making them even better value than ever before.
The full schedule for the 2012 GUKPT is as follows:
|Jan. 23||Leg 1 - Manchester|
|Mar. 11||Leg 2 - Walsall|
|Apr. 8||Leg 3 - Stockton|
|Apr. 22||Leg 4 - Thanet|
|May. 6||Leg 5 - Dublin|
|Jun. 3||Leg 6 - Belgium|
|Jul. 1||Leg 7 - Plymouth|
|Jul. 15||Leg 8 - Bolton|
|Aug. 19||Leg 9 - Coventry|
|Sep. 16||Leg 10 - London Victoria|
|Oct. 14||Leg 11 - Luton|
|Nov. 4||Leg 12 – Blackpool|
The Grand Final, Leg 13, is expected to take place at The Vic as it has done in previous years.
The GUKPT has added some new features for 2012 which will almost certainly be welcomed with open arms by all those who participate on the tour. There will be four new £500 Main Event events added to festivals that will alternate between Deep Stack and Six-Max formats along with a simplified scheduling, which means regardless of which leg you are playing at the £1,000 Main Event follows the same schedule.
There is also a brand new GUKPT Leaderboard that will give the winner free entries to every single Main Event on the 2013 tour, including accommodation valued at around £40,000! Another move that is sure to be extremely popular is the return of the Champion of Champions tournament, a £100,000 freeroll, that is open to the winners of any GUKPT festival event with the exception of satellites.
The GUKPT faces stiff opposition this year not only from the PokerStars UKIPT but also the newest addition to the circuit, the Genting Poker Series (GPS). But on this showing it looks like the GUKPT is more than ready to take on two of the biggest names in the business.