Sleeping until noon. Outrageous fashion sense. Going on far too many nights out. Eating Pot Noodles for every meal. These are all things students are stereotypically known for, but did you know a large section of these tax dodgers also love to play poker?
If you head to the Grosvenor G Casino Coventry in the Ricoh Arena between April 8-13, you will find the place packed to the rafters with poker-loving students. Why? Because the 2014 Grosvenor UK Student Poker Championships (UKSPC) will be taking place.
Now in its 10th year, the UK Student Poker Championships (UKSPC) has gone from strength to strength and this year’s £30+£5 buy-in Main Event should be one of the biggest the UKSPC has ever witnessed, not least because of their affiliation with Grosvenor Poker.
The festival’s organiser Callum Stewart of St. Andrews said of the championships: “The UKSPC is different than any other poker tournament. This is like the main event for every university poker society in the UK, and more often than not it's the memories people take away that keep students coming back year after year. By coming with your university you get to support your mates, as well as yourself - we had a rail of about 100 at the final table last year!”
“With the support and backing of the GUKPT, there is no knowing at where the students will stop. Last year we had over 100 on the alternates list so this year we have more space, more dealers and a third day one.”
Last year’s Main Event eventually seated 469 players and these hopefuls were all outlasted by the talented Ben Foxwell who walked away with £3,540 for his efforts – over 100 times his initial £35 investment.
In addition to his substantial cash prize, Foxwell also won a seat to the 2013 GUKPT Grand Final in London worth £2,500. Foxwell spoke to PokerNews as that tournament approached and you can find the interview here. This year, the GUKPT plans to add £1,080 seats to the prize pools of the Main Event and the £110 buy-in High Roller event.
2014 Grosvenor UK Student Poker Championships Schedule
|Tue 8 Apr||5:00pm||£100+£10 High Roller|
|Wed 9 Apr||1:00pm||£30+£5 UKSPC Main Event Day 1a|
|Wed 9 Apr||5:00pm||High Roller Day 2|
|Thu 10 Apr||1:00pm||£30+£5 UKSPC Main Event Day 1b|
|Thu 10 Apr||5:00pm||£25+£3 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Fri 11 Apr||1:00pm||£30+£5 UKSPC Main Event Day 1c|
|Fri 11 Apr||8:00pm||£50+£5 NLH 6-Mx (online)|
|Sat 12 Apr||1:00pm||UKSPC Main Event Day 2|
|Sun 13 Apr||1:00pm||UKSPC Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 13 Apr||4:30pm||£25+£3 Deepstack (open to everyone)|
With the exception of the £28 Deepstack on Sunday 13 April, all of the UKSPC events are only open to students or former students who have graduated within the last three years. In order to compete, players must bring proof of being a student. Accepted forms of identification include NSU cards, degree certificated or degree acceptance letters.
In addition to some intense poker action, this year’s UKSPC plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary in style by running plenty of fun activities such as beer pong, quizzes, an 90s night, comedians, magic and a whole host of competitions and awards.
The UKSPC organisers realise that, despite the low buy-ins, students generally don’t have much in the way of spare cash so in the run up to the championships, Grosvenor Poker is hosting a number of affordable satellite tournaments. Check out the table below for the online satellite schedule:
|Thursdays||7:30pm||£2 rebuy satellite to Main Event||5 seats|
|Sundays||6:30pm||£4 rebuy satellite to the 6-max online||3 seats|
|Sundays||8:00pm||£15 freezeout satellite to High Roller||2 seats|
By signing up to Grosvenor Poker via PokerNews, you can help yourself to a 100% match up to £500 first deposit bonus. Stick £50 onto the site when you make your first deposit and Grosvenor Poker will match it with £50 in your bonus account. Really push the boat out and deposit £500 and a £500 bonus will be all yours. As the meerkats say, “Simples.”
We will be bringing you updates from the UKSPC during the eagerly anticipated festival so stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews now, up to and during the 2014 Grosvenor UK Student Poker Championships.