With 2014 rapidly coming to a close, one of the United Kingdom's premier poker tours is preparing to host its £400,000 grand final, we are of course talking about the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT).
It seems only minutes ago that we were writing about Oliver Price walking away with the title of 2014 GUKPT champion, but since then Rhys Jones, Andrew Teng, Chris Cousins, Ben Winsor, Vaidas Sirionas, Paul Vas Nunes, Harry Law, Adam Reynolds and Justin Astley have all taken down GUKPT Main Event, leaving only the eagerly anticipated Grand Final to play.
The 2014 GUKPT Grand Final festival takes place at the Poker Room above the iconic Grosvenor Victoria Casino, a fitting venue for such a prestigious event. Last year it was Kevin Allen who staged an epic comeback to won the £158,700 first place prize, joining illustrious former champions such as Paul Folytn, Fabian Quoss, former footballer Tony Cascarino and Sam “TheSquid” Grafton.
Several tournaments run either side of the £2,125 buy-in Grand Final including a £250+£25 No Limit Hol'em Six-Max event, a £200+£20 NL Hold'em / Omaha Round of Each, a £200+£20 NL Hold'em Bounty and a £150+£5 NL Hold'em freezeout, but it is the Grand Final and its £400,000 guaranteed prize pool that is the major attraction.
2014 GUKPT Grand Final Schedule
|Tue 25 Nov||16:00||£40+£5 NL Hold'em Rebuy Satellite|
|Tue 25 Nov||19:30||£250+£25 NL Hold'em Six-ax Re-entry|
|Wed 26 Nov||16:00||£40+£5 NL Hold'em Rebuy Satellite|
|Wed 26 Nov||19:30||£200+£20 NL Hold'em / Omaa Round of Each Re-entry|
|Wed 26 Nov||21:30||£250+£35 NL Hold'em Freezeout Satellite|
|Thu 27 Nov||13:00||£2,000+£125 Main Event Day 1a|
|Thu 27 Nov||16:00||£40+£5 NL Hold'em Rebuy Satellite|
|Thu 27 Nov||18:00||£250+£25 Pot Limit Omaha Re-entry|
|Thu 27 Nov||21:30||£250+£25 Last Chance Super Satellite Freezeout|
|Fri 28 Nov||13:00||£2,000+£125 Main Event Day 1b|
|Fri 28 Nov||19:30||£200+£20 NL Hold'em Bounty Re-Entry|
|Sat 29 Nov||13:00||Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 29 Nov||16:00||£300+£30 NL Hold'em Freezeout|
|Sun 30 Nov||13:00||Main Event Final|
|Sun 30 Nov||16:00||£200+£20 NL Hold'em Bounty Re-Entry|
|Sun 30 Nov||19:30||£150+£15 NL Hold'em Re-Entry|
The Grand Final Main Event is always one of the most star-studded tournaments of the year as professional players travel from far and wide in an attempt to see the year out in style. When Kevin Allen won the Grand Final in 2013, he was joined at the final table by the likes of Matthew Davenport, Ben Jackson, Scott Margereson, Richard Kellett, Thomas Bichon, Will Kassouf and Pratik Ghatge, while Zimnan Ziyard, Sam Grafton, Mitch Johnson, Victor Ilyukhin, Joe Laming, Caicai Huang, and Charlie Combes made it into the money places!
UK & Ireland PokerNews will have recaps of each of the Main Event day's action so make sure you keep checking back in and keeping yourself up-to-date with all of the goings on from the 2014 GUKPT Grand Final.