Almost everyone in the United Kingdom has heard the Bible story of David and Goliath, the latter being a Philistine giant slain by the former with a simple, yet effective, slingshot to the head. Over the next week, the name Goliath refers to something else gigantic, and the only stories told will be of bad beats, sick bluffs and one man or woman taking on several thousand opponents and living to tell the tale.
On August 10, the 2014 edition of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath rolls into Coventry and brings with it a £250,000 guaranteed prize pool. That princely sum, a quarter of a million pounds, is to be generated by a paltry buy-in of £100+£20! While to the untrained eye this scenario seems a little unlikely at best, those of you who know about the GUKPT Goliath are aware that in 2013 it attracted 2,568 players – 1,822 unique and 746 rebuys — through the doors of the G Casino at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and became the largest-ever land-based poker tournament held in the United Kingdom.
Last year’s record-breaking event ended with Jake Skidmore being crowned champion, but not before a four-handed deal that saw Skidmore leave with £29,690 in his back pocket, slightly less than the £31,535 of second placed Jiri Sladkovsky and less still than third placed Daniel Cullen, who scooped £38,710.
Fast forward to the present day and the 2014 GUKPT Goliath is only a few days away. Day 1a, the first of six starting flights, kicks off at midday on August 10, with subsequent Day 1s taking place at the same time up to and including August 15.
In fact all of the Goliath’s play begins at 12:00pm, with the final day set to take place on August 17.
Sandwiched between the monster-sized field are a handful of side events for players to try their luck, test their skills and get their teeth into. These events include a £50 Battle of the Sexes, £75 Open Face Chinese Poker, and one of the GUKPT’s famous 25/25 series.
2014 GUKPT Goliath Schedule
|Sun 10 Aug||12:00pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1a|
|Sun 10 Aug||7:30pm||£75+£8 NL Hold’em Open Dealer Championships|
|Mon 11 Aug||12:00pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1b|
|Mon 11 Aug||7:30pm||£75+£8 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Tue 12 Aug||12:00pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1c|
|Tue 12 Aug||7:30pm||£75+£8 NL Hold’em Win the Button|
|Tue 12 Aug||9:30pm||£50+£6 Ziggi Cig Battle of the Sexes|
|Wed 13 Aug||12:00pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1d|
|Wed 13 Aug||7:30pm||£100+£10 NL Hold’em Tag Team|
|Thu 14 Aug||12:30pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1e|
|Thu 14 Aug||7:30pm||£75+£8 Open Face Chinese Poker|
|Thu 14 Aug||9:30pm||£50+£6 Beat The Team|
|Fri 15 Aug||12:00pm||£100+£20 NL Hold’em Goliath Day 1f|
|Fri 15 Aug||7:45pm||£200+£20 NL Hold’em 25/25 Flight A|
|Sat 16 Aug||12:00pm||NL Hold’em Goliath Day 2|
|Sat 16 Aug||12:00pm||£200+£20 NL Hold’em 25/25 Flight B|
|Sat 16 Aug||7:45pm||£200+£20 NL Hold’em 25/25 Flight C|
|Sat 16 Aug||9:30pm||£200+£20 NL Hold’em 25/25 Flight C|
|Sun 17 Aug||12:00pm||NL Hold’em Goliath Final|
|Sun 17 Aug||1:00pm||NL Hold’em 25/25 Final|
|Sun 17 Aug||2:00pm||£50+£6 NL Hold’em Deep & Steep|
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the Goliath festival for recaps of the action once play closes each night.