It’s official! The 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath is the largest-ever land-based poker tournament held in Europe. The four start days are now in the bag and the official attendance is a mind-boggling 2,570!
Understandably, Russell Tamplin, the Head of Poker at Grosvenor Casinos, is delighted with the turnout for this record breaking tournament.
“The Goliath has been running for three years now and it just goes from strength to strength. The success of this competition is testament to our customers, their loyalty to us and what we are trying to achieve.
I think we’ve broken two records, with the 1,139 runners on Day 1d another new mark, and we plan to continue to offer great value poker competitions to our customers and to break more records in future – watch this space!”
Although the official payouts are not available at present, the press release from the GUKPT states the eventual champion will walk away with around £50,000, eclipsing the £35,800 won by the 2012 GUKPT Goliath champion, Les Fenton.
PokerNews believes the chip leader going into Saturday’s Day 2 is still Michael Greenwood and his 700,000 stack, but with the blind structure of the Goliath being notoriously fast, anything can and will happen over the course of the scheduled 16 levels.
With only approximately 390 players remaining, the money bubble is looming and is guaranteed to burst on Day 2. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover which unfortunate soul popped the money bubble and who are the players making a run for the final table and beyond.