The 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour is in the red rose county of Lancashire for the second stop of this year’s tour. The £200,000 guaranteed GUKPT Manchester Main Event begins on Thursday 6 March with the first of two start days and by the time calendars read Sunday 9 March, a champion will be crowned.
In last season’s Manchester Main Event, Sunny Chattha was the man who emerged victorious following four days of intense poker action. Chattha left Manchester and returned to London with the coveted GUKPT trophy, a seat to the Grand Final and £35,000 in prize money for his win, although Jeff Kimber and Shehbaz Hussain both walked away with £43,000 for their efforts following a deal that was struck when play was three-handed.
The 2013 edition sported a £20,000 overlay as a total of 180 players exchanged £1,070 for the chance to become a GUKPT champion. I would be very surprised if there as an overlay this time around as there seems to be a strong market for live tournaments with buy-ins of £500-£1,000; the opening leg of the 2014 GUKPT saw 323 players head to London (Oliver Price took that one down), while the recent Sky Poker UK Poker Championships at Dusk Till Dawn saw 621 players turn out for its £1,100 Main Event.
Main Event aside, the 2014 GUKPT Manchester festival has plenty to offer tournament poker lovers. Taking place tonight – March 5 – is a £220 NL Hold’em 6-Max that has a £10,000 guaranteed prize pool and a couple of Main Event satellites, including one that is rake-free!
Later in the week, the Grosvenor G Casino in Manchester hosts a £165 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, a £165 Bounty tournament and a £220 NL Hold’em freezeout among other value-packed side events.
Here is what remains of the 2014 GUKPT Manchester schedule:
|Wed 5 Mar||4:00pm||£30+£0 NLH Rebuy Super Sat||2k/4k||1 seat to Main Event|
|Wed 5 Mar||7:30pm||£200+£20 NLH 6-Max Re-entry||7.5k||£10,000|
|Wed 5 Mar||9:30pm||£150+£15 NLH Super Sat Re-entry||7.5k||5 seats to Main Event|
|Thu 6 Mar||1:00pm||£1000+£80 Main Event Day 1a Re-entry||20k||£200,000|
|Thu 6 Mar||4:00pm||£30+£0NLH Rebuy Super Sat||2k/4k||1 seat to Main Event|
|Thu 6 Mar||7:30pm||£150+£15 Pot Limit Omaha Re-entry||10k||£7,500|
|Fri 7 Mar||1:00pm||£1000+£80 Main Event Day 1b Re-entry||20k||£200,000|
|Fri 7 Mar||7:30pm||£75+£75+£15 NLH Bounty Re-entry||7.5k||£7,500|
|Sat 8 Mar||1:00pm||Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 8 Mar||6:00pm||£200+£20 NLH Re-entry||10k||£10,000|
|Sun 9 Mar||1:00pm||Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 9 Mar||4:00pm||£100+£10 Bounty Booster Re-entry||7.5k||£5,000|
UK & Ireland PokerNews will be providing end-of-day recaps of the action from the 2014 GUKPT Manchester Main Event so make sure you bookmark us and return every day that the Main Event is running. If you wish to try and qualify for future GUKPT Main Events, make sure you head to Grosvenor Poker where you can enjoy a 100% match up to £500 first deposit bonus.