Two weeks ago, the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) released the dates for its 2015 season and this week the Genting Poker Series (GPS) followed suit and announced the stops of its new season.
Since its creation the GPS has been well received by the poker community, its relatively low buy-in coupled with a decent guarantee and its deep-stacked structure making it a hit with recreational players and professionals alike. However, three of the eight legs in 2014 have failed to hit their £125,000 guarantee and this is reflected in the 2015 guarantees.
While the 2015 GPS Main Event still costs £400+£40 to buy into, the guarantees have been slashed to £100,000. Another cut seems to be the removal of the Grand Final and its £200,000 guarantee, one of the most popular stops on previous seasons.
The number of events has increased from eight to 10 for the 2015 season, with the GPS now heading to new locations in Liverpool Queens Square, GIC Birmingham, Reading and Luton, although all four of those new stops feature what is being labelled as the GPS Mini.
GPS Mini is a cut-price version of the GPS Main Events. Each costs £200+£20 to enter and carries a £30,000 guarantee, of which £3,960 is made up of £440 GPS Main Event seats for those players who reach the final table.
Dropped from the schedule is the Dusk Till Dawn leg, a surprising omission seeing how this season's GPS DTD attracted 632 players and 935 in 2013.
2015 Genting Poker Series Schedule
|1||Star City||February 4-8||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
|2||Southend Westcliff||March 18-21||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
|3||Newcastle||April 15-19||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
|4||Reading||May 14-17||GPS Mini||£200+£20||£30,000|
|5||Liverpool Queens Street||June 17-20||GPS Mini||£200+£20||£30,000|
|6||Luton||July 16-19||GPS Mini||£200+£20||£30,000|
|7||GIC Birmingham||TBC||GPS Mini||£200+£20||£30,000|
|8||Stoke||September 2-6||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
|9||Edinburgh||September 30-October 4||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
|10||Sheffield||October 28-November 1||Main Event||£400+£40||£100,000|
Commenting at the GPS blog, Poker Manager of Genting UK, Kevin Proctor, said:
“Our poker events continue to evolve and what makes the GPS special is the mix of recreational players and professionals that it attracts. In fact online qualifiers have a great record of scalping the big names in the GPS. Every year though, we review player feedback from right across the country and there is clearly an appetite for a mix of main events and mini events within the GPS in this, its fourth year.
“Players love the deep stack format, but, for many recreational poker players committing the time to play a main event is a difficult balance with their everyday lives. That said, our structures mean that in both formats, every player can enjoy plenty of action, no matter what the standard of their game and of course, the action on the side tables is invariably very strong too!”
While changing things around to keep matters interesting is a positive move in my eyes, the reduction of guarantees does not bode well and won't sit well with a number of the tour's regulars.