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GUKPT Gearing Up For Its Annual Blackpool Festival

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One of the most popular stops on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) calendar is only a week away, one that has been a mainstay on the GUKPT since its creation in 2007. Every year, the penultimate leg of the GUKPT takes place in the seaside town of Blackpool and 2014 is no different because on November 9, the 2014 GUKPT Blackpool festival kicks off, with the Main Event scheduled to run from November 13-16.

Although the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event doesn’t attract as many players as it once did, it is still one of the most eagerly anticipated stops on the long-running tour and still creates prize pools approaching quarter of a million pounds.

In Season 1, Paul Bracken outlasted a field of 353 to claim the £109,700 first place prize, the largest prize ever awarded in a Blackpool GUKPT. Other past winners are Brian Clarke, Priyan de Mel, David Johnson, Andrew Peters and most recently Simon Deadman and online legend Rick Trigg.

GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Winners

SeasonEntrantsBuy-InPrize poolChampionPrize
1353£1,050£353,000Paul Bracken£109,700
2341£1,060£341,000Brian Clarke£96,500
3287£1,060£287,000Priyan de Mel£84,900
4246£1,070£246,000David Johnson£67,750
5262£1,070£262,000Andrew Peters£72,020
6173£1,070£173,000Simon Deadman£49,290
7226£1,070£226,000Richard Trigg£53,000

It is difficult to predict the attendance figures for this year’s GUKPT Blackpool Main Event because it clashes with the £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK event taking place at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn (DTD). While the DTD event is sure to attract punters in droves, it does have several Day 1s available and that gives players the chance to play in both the WPT500 and GUKPT Blackpool.

Regardless, whoever heads to the Grosvenor G Casino at The Sandcastle is sure to have a super experience at one of the most fun-packed stops on the GUKPT circuit.

Satellite tournaments aside, the first 2014 GUKPT Blackpool event takes place on Monday 10 November and is a £110 buy-in NL Hold’em re-entry event. The following night there is a chunkier £330 buy-in version with the £200,000 guaranteed £1,080 buy-in Main Event’s first starting flight running on Thursday.

Other highlights include a £150 bounty tournament and a £165 Pot Limit Omaha event.

2014 GUKPT Blackpool Schedule

Sun 9 Nov7:30pm£30+£5 NL Hold’em rebuy satellite to the Main Event10 seats
Mon 10 Nov4:00pmRake free £30 NL Hold’em rebuy satellite to the Main Event1 seat
Mon 10 Nov7:30pm£100+£10 NL Hold’em Re-entry 
Tue 11 Nov4:00pmRake free £30 NL Hold’em rebuy satellite to the Main Event1 seat
Tue 11 Nov7:30pm£300+£30 NL Hold’em Re-Entry 
Wed 12 Nov4:00pmRake free £30 NL Hold’em rebuy satellite to the Main Event1 seat
Wed 12 Nov7:30pm£200+£20 NL Hold’em 6-Max Re-entry 
Wed 12 Nov9:30pm£150+£15 NL Hold’em Super Satellite Re-entry 
Thu 13 Nov1:00pm£1,000+£80 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 1a£200,000
Thu 13 Nov4:00pmRake free £30 NL Hold’em rebuy satellite to the Main Event1 seat
Thu 13 Nov7:30pm£150+£15 Pot Limit Omaha Re-entry 
Fri 14 Nov1:00pm£1,000+£80 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 1b£200,000
Fri 14 Nov9:00pm£75+£75+£15 NL Hold’em Bounty Re-Entry 
Sat 15 Nov1:00pmGUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 2 
Sun 16 Nov1:00pmGUKPT Blackpool Main Event Final Day 
Sun 16 Nov4:00pm£100+£10 NL Hold’em Bounty 

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