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Leeds Prepares to Host Its First GUKPT Festival


It is hard to believe that the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has never visited Leeds for a full GUKPT festival since the tour’s creation in 2007, but that is the way it is. However, that fact is set to change on September 3 when the GUKPT heads to the United Kingdom’s third-largest city for four days of poker and shenanigans.

Headlining the inaugural GUKPT Leeds festival is the £100,000 guaranteed Main Event, a tournament that is sure to attract the city’s best players in droves. With the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Matt Perrins, Tom Middleton, Marcin Milde, Ben Jones, Paul Folytn and David “lil Dave” Nicholson – among others – calling Leeds home, the £500+£50 buy-in Main Event is sure to be a star-studded affair.

2014 GUKPT Leeds Schedule

Wed 3 Sep1:00pm£500+£50 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Day 1a
Wed 3 Sep4:00pm£20+£5 Unlimited Rebuy Super Satellite
Wed 3 Sep4:00pm£75+£7 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy
Wed 3 Sep7:30pm£100+£10 NL Hold’em Re-Entry
Wed 3 Sep9:00pm£50+£5 Rebuy Satellite
Thu 4 Sep1:00pm£500+£50 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Day 1b
Thu 4 Sep9:00pm£100+£10 NL Hold’em Bounty Re-Entry
Fri 5 Sep1:00pmGUKPT Leeds Main Event Day 2
Fri 5 Sep6:00pm£150+£15 NL Hold’em Re-Entry
Sat 6 Sep1:00pmGUKPT Leeds Main Event Final
Sat 6 Sep4:00pm£100+£10 NL Hold’em Six-Max Re-Entry

The GUKPT is enjoying a surge in popularity, with its previous two events producing good numbers.

GUKPT Reading saw 268 entries taken and a guarantee-busting £134,000 prize pool created. Paul Vas Nunes won the Reading Main Event, defeating veteran grinder Willie Tann heads-up to get his hands on the coveted GUKPT trophy and £29,200 in prize money.

The Leeds festival comes only a few weeks after the record-breaking Goliath Main Event that saw 2,374 unique entries and 1,020 rebuys to earn the £100+£20 buy-in event the title of largest ever poker tournament held outside of the United States of America.

Ryan Foster won the Goliath and claimed the £62,320 first place prize and wrote himself into the game’s history books.

As always, UK & Ireland PokerNews will bring you recaps of the action at the completion of each of the Main Event days. How many players will the Main Event attract? Will it be a big name who walks away with the title? Those are questions that we don’t have long to wait to find out the answer to.

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