The 2012 edition of the long-running Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) will come to an end on Dec. 2 when the Grand Final Main Event is completed, but the schedule for the coming year has already been announced – and what a year it looks set to be.
With the live UK poker scene booming and going from strength-to-strength competition is at an all-time high. Competition for customers is as high as it has ever been and the GUKPT have decided to throw their hat into the ring first with their plans for 2013.
Including the season-ending Grand Final there will be 12 legs on the 2013 GUKPT, with the European-based legs seemingly dropped from the schedule. Kicking off the 2013 tour will be GUKPT London on Feb. 24, its £1,070 Main Event boasting a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool! From London the tour heads north to Manchester for another £200,000 guaranteed Main Event, then stays in Lancashire for GUKPT Stockton and the first of its Deepstack Series.
The Deepstack Series proved popular in 2012 and there will be many who welcome their return. The main events of the Deepstack Series feature £550 buy-ins and play extremely deepstacked, giving plenty of bangs for their buck as they say. There will be seven of these events, each carrying a £50,000 prize pool.
Also returning is the ever-popular GUKPT Goliath. The £120 buy-in event attracted 1,924 players last year and awarded £35,800 to the eventual champion, Les Fenton. The 2013 edition of this event has a £200,000 guarantee attached to it, meaning the organisers are hoping to crack 2,000 entrants this time around!
Rounding out the tour is the Grand Final in London, which features a massive £400,000 guaranteed prize pool! This huge prize takes the total guaranteed prize pools for the 2013 GUKPT to a staggering £1,750,000 and should see each of the events extremely well-attended throughout.
2013 GUKPT Schedule
|1||Feb.24-Mar.3||London||GUKPT Main Tour||£1,000+£70||£200,000|
|2||Apr.8-14||Manchester, Bury New Road||GUKPT Main Tour||£1,000+£70||£200,000|
|3||May.5-12||Stockton||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|4||May.26-Jun.2||Portsmouth||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|5||Jun.16-23||Reading||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|6||Jul.7-14||Walsall||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|7||Jul.21-28||Brighton||GUKPT Seepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|8||Aug.4-11||Bolton||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|9||Sep.15-22||Manchester Didsbury||GUKPT Deepstack Series||£500+£50||£50,000|
|10||Oct.13-20||Luton||GUKPT Main Tour||£1,000+£70||£200,000|
|11||Nov.3-10||Blackpool||GUKPT Main Tour||£1,000+£70||£200,000|
|12||Nov.24-Dec.1||London||GUKPT Grand Final||£2,000+£125||£400,000|