The £100,000 guaranteed Main Event of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading festival opens its doors to the poker-loving public on Thursday with the first of two starting flights at the Grosvenor Casino Reading South.
GUKPT Reading made its debut in 2013 and saw 165 players exchange £500+£50 for the chance to become a GUKPT champion. Its final table housed the likes of David Lloyd, Timothy “Tim Tim” Timotheuo, Ellie Biessek and Jeff Kimber, the latter being runner-up to eventual winner James Martin.
A much larger crowd of 268 players descended on the casino for the 2014 edition of the GUKPT Main Event, creating a £134,000 prize pool as they did so. Again, the final table was a star-studded affair with the likes of Alberto Sapiano, Haresh Thaker, and veteran Willie Tann all being present and correct.
The winner was the talented Paul vas Nunes who scooped £29,200 after a couple of deals in the latter stages diluted the original first place prize.
Another bumper crowd is expected for the third edition of GUKPT Reading despite the fact a large number of GUKPT regulars are in or heading to Las Vegas for the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Tuesday sees the first side event take place, a £150+£15 buy-in No Limit Hold’em affair at 7:30 p.m that runs over two days. Other side events include a £100+£10 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max, a £75+£7 Omaha 4/5/6 card round-of-each and a £50+£50+£10 Bounty event.
The eagerly anticipated Main Event costs £500+£50 to enter and for that princely sum players receive 20,000 chips, play to an hour-long clock and are guaranteed to be playing for a share of £100,000 regardless of how many players buy into it.
2015 GUKPT Reading Schedule
|Tue 23 Jun||4:00pm||£20 NL Hold’em Main Event Super Satellite Rebuy|
|Tue 23 Jun||7:30pm||£150+£15 NL Hold’em Re-entry|
|Wed 24 Jun||4:00pm||£20 NL Hold’em Main Event Super Satellite|
|Wed 24 Jun||9:00pm||£50+£5 NL Hold’em Super Satellite Re-entry|
|Thu 25 Jun||1:00pm||£500+£50 Main Event Day 1a Re-entry|
|Thu 25 Jun||4:00pm||£20 NL Hold’em Main Event Super Satellite|
|Thu 25 Jun||6:00pm||£75+£7 Omaha 4/5/6 card round of each Re-entry|
|Fri 26 Jun||1:00pm||£500+£50 Main Event Day 1b Re-entry|
|Fri 26 Jun||7:30pm||£50+£50+£10 NL Hold’em Re-entry Bounty|
|Sat 27 Jun||1:00pm||Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 27 Jun||6:00pm||£100+£10 NL Hold’em Re-entry|
|Sun 28 Jun||1:00pm||Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 28 Jun||4:00pm||£50+£5 NL Hold’em Rebuy and Add-on for £25|
UK & Ireland PokerNews will be recapping the action of the 2015 GUKPT Reading Main Event every day until it crowns its champion, so make sure you tune in regularly to stay atop of all the goings on in Reading.