One of the most exciting live poker tournaments of the year kicks off at midday on Saturday August 8 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. We are, of course, talking about the 2015 GUKPT Goliath.
The Goliath attracts complete amateurs and professional players alike thanks to its low buy-in and massive guarantee. Entry costs £100+£20 and for that affordable sum, players receive 25,000 chips, play to a 40-minute clock and get to compete for a share of the £250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
In 2013, the Goliath broke the record for the largest land based tournament held in Europe when 2,570 entries were processed during its starting flights. On that occasion, Jake Skidmore topped the huge field to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and £56,540 in cash.
The following year, the Goliath broke its own record when a field of 3,394 was assembled – including 1,020 re-entries. Ryan Foster won the 2014 Goliath, securing a £62,320 payday as he did so.
According to the 2015 Goliath landing page, Grosvenor Casinos are expecting 4,000 entries over the course of the seven start days. Reaching this ambitious total will be aided by the fact players can re-enter up to twice per starting flight, meaning a player could take 21 shots of the 2015 Goliath title.
If re-entering the same tournament isn’t part of players’ plans, there are a number of side events taking place alongside the Goliath, including a special edition of the ever-popular Grosvenor 25/25 series known as the 50/50, with a £50,000 guarantee and a 50,000 chip starting stack.
The full 2015 Goliath schedule can be found below:
2015 Goliath Schedule
|Sat 8 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1a||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Sat 8 Aug||7:00pm||Win The Button||£30+£5||7,500||25-mins|
|Sun 9 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1a||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Sun 9 Aug||7:00pm||Open Dealer Championships||£25+£5||12,000||25-mins|
|Mon 10 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1c||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Mon 10 Aug||7:00pm||4/5/6 Omaha||£30+£5||7,500||25-mins|
|Tue 11 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1d||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Tue 11 Aug||7:00pm||Blinds Man Bluff||£25+£5||7,500||25-mins|
|Wed 12 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1e||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Wed 12 Aug||7:00pm||Tag Team||£60+£10 per team||7,500||25-mins|
|Thu 13 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1f||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Thu 13 Aug||7:00pm||50/50 Flight A||£200+£20||50,000||40-mins|
|Fri 14 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 1g||£100+£20||25,000||40-mins|
|Fri 14 Aug||7:00pm||50/50 Flight B||£200+£20||50,000||40-mins|
|Sat 15 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Day 2|
|Sat 15 Aug||4:00pm||50/50 Flight C||£200+£20||50,000||40-mins|
|Sun 16 Aug||12:00pm||Goliath Final Day|
|Sun 16 Aug||12:00pm||50/50 Final Day|
|Sun 16 Aug||12:00pm||Red Tooth Event|
|Sun 16 Aug||2:00pm||Deep & Steep||£30+£5||20,000||25-mins|
There are a number of ways to buy into the 2015 Goliath including in cash at the Ricoh Arena, directly via the Grosvenor Casino site, via live satellites at various Grosvenor Casinos and online at sites such as Grosvenor Poker and Everest Poker.