The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is in Manchester for the ninth leg of its 2013 tour. The casino on Bury New Road recently underwent a £1.7 million refurbishment and is now the largest poker room in the North West of England.
It will be interesting to see how the players receive the hike in buy-in for the GUKPT Manchester Main Event. London aside, all of the Main Event’s on the 2013 tour so far have cost £500+£50 to enter but the Manchester leg has raised the bar and costs £1,070 to buy into.
Set to compete in the new, lavish casino are players such as John Eames, Danny Blair, Nicholas Crisp and Simon Deadman. Those last two players were involved in a four and a half hour heads up battle at the end of the £300 No Limit Hold’em side event last night. At the end of the gruelling heads-up encounter, it was Deadman who finished on top and claimed the £8,000 first place prize for himself, leaving Crisp to pick up the £5,900 consolation prize.
Ironically, according to the GUKPT blog, Deadman and Crisp are seated next to each other on Day 1a, which should make for an interesting battle. Deadman, of course, is well known on the UK circuit and has six GUKPT final tables to his name, including an outright victory in Blackpool in 2012.
Crisp may not be a household name, but he does have some impressive results. A win in a £500 Dusk Till Dawn Deepstack banked him £39,000 and a deep run in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event (he finished 392nd) added $28,063 to his bankroll.
Be sure to tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Friday to discover how many runners Day 1 of the GUKPT Manchester had and which players are at the top of the chip counts.