The 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) comes to a thrilling conclusion later this week when the Grand Final takes place at the Grosvenor Casino Victoria in London, bringing the curtain down on a hugely successful season.
While the Grand Final is yet to welcome players from around the country, Grosvenor Casinos have set the wheels in motion for 2016 and released the key dates for the GUKPT, 25/25 Series, UK Student Poker Championships and the Goliath.
2016 GUKPT Schedule
Eight legs are scheduled for the 2016 GUKPT, four with £500+£50 buy-ins, and the other four commanding £1,000+£100. The schedule is similar to the 2015 edition, although the Cardiff leg is dropped and replaced with a second London stop.
2016 GUKPT kicks off in London on January 24 then heads to Manchester, Reading, Leeds, back to London, up to Edinburgh, to Luton, and finally Blackpool, before the £400,000 guaranteed Grand Final wraps the season off on November 20.
|Leg||Dates||Venue||Main Event Buy-in||Guarantee|
|1: London||Grosvenor Casino Victoria||Jan 24-31||£1,000+£100||£200,000|
|2: Manchester||Grosvenor Casino Bury New Road||Feb 28-Mar 6||£1,000+£100||£200,000|
|3: Reading||Grosvenor Casino Reading South||Apr 17-24||£500+£50||£100,000|
|4: Leeds||Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate||May 29-Jun 5||£500+£50||£100,000|
|5: London||Grosvenor Casino Victoria||Jun 26-Jul 3||£500+£50||£100,000|
|6: Edinburgh||Grosvenor Casino Maybury||Sep 4-11||£500+£50||£100,000|
|7: Luton||Grosvenor Casino Luton||Oct 2-9||£1,000+£100||£200,000|
|8: Blackpool||Grosvenor Casino Blackpool||Nov 6-13||£1,000+£100||£200,000|
|Grand Final||Grosvenor Casino Victoria||Nov 20-27||£2,000+£125||£400,000|
2016 25/25 Series Schedule and Changes
Grosvenor’s 25/25 Series is hugely popular as it gives poker players the chance to play in a well-structured event in their local casino and for an affordable price. The £200+£20 buy-in and £25,000 guaranteed prize pools remain the same for the 2016 season, but now players can register late for the first six levels of each starting flight and re-enter up to twice per day if they manage to dust off the generous 25,000 chip starting stack.
More than 40 stops are scheduled between January 7 and December 8, 2016, with the series heading up and down the country. Regardless of where you live, there should be a 25/25 Series tournament taking place in your hometown or at least close to it.
2016 Goliath Heads to Coventry in July
2015 Goliath broke the record for the largest poker tournament held outside of Las Vegas thanks to the busy cashiers processing 4,120 entries. Miikka Toikka won the record-breaking event and took home £75,800 for his troubles, and will likely return to Coventry in 2016 for a title defence.
Although the full schedule is yet to be confirmed, 2016 Goliath runs from July 30 through to August 7, costs £100+£20 to buy into and features a £250,000 guarantee. It is a tournament that has grown year-on-year, and UK & Ireland PokerNews would not be surprised if the number of entrants breaks through the 5,000 barrier in 2016.
2016 UK Student Poker Championships Dates Set
Like the Goliath, the full schedule for the 2016 UK Student Poker Championships is still being finalised, but those of you who are eligible for the event should keep April 4-10 free in your diaries because these are the dates of the Main Event.
A total of 801 students turned out for the 2015 main event, an increase of 30% from 2014. Can the 2016 UK Student Poker Championships Main Event top 1,000 entries next year?
Qualify For Grosvenor Events at Grosvenor Poker
Grosvenor’s online poker site is the place to be if you want to qualify for any of the GUKPT, Goliath, 25/25 or Student Poker events. As the official sponsor of these events, Grosvenor Poker runs satellites around the clock with buy-ins starting as low as £0.25.
Download Grosvenor Poker via UK & Ireland PokerNews and your first deposit is matched 200% up to a maximum of £1,200, plus you also receive a free £5.50 GUKPT satellite token.