Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) and partypoker launched the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) in October 2015 with the goal to give grassroots poker players the chance to play for large cash prizes for only a small investment, and do so at some of the United Kingdom’s iconic football stadiums.
The feedback from those who have competed in any of the GPPT events at stadia such as Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge in Chelsea, Leeds United’s Elland Road, and Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park has been overwhelmingly positive, with players citing a superb atmosphere and the fact they can play for a share of a guaranteed $250,000 for only a $109 buy-in as the reasons they played multiple stops on the tour.
DTD was the venue for the inaugural GPPT so it is only fitting that the Nottingham-based poker club is to host the final event of the tour, complete the circle, so to speak.
The GPPT at DTD has a few differences from the previous editions. Most prominent of these changes is the prize pool has been swapped to British pounds from US dollars, meaning the guarantee is now a more significant £250,000; there are 50x £550 tickets as part of the guarantee that can be used for the WPT500 UK or DTD’s monthly Deepstack event.
Also changing is the buy-in. Although GPPT DTD still costs $109 to enter, and players can buy in with $109 tickets won at partypoker, players can now buy in with cash for £75+£10, the current exchange rate for GBP to USD. Previously, all buy-ins were processed via players’ partypoker accounts, but thanks to joining forces with some local casinos, and DTD being a licensed venue, players can buy in with physical cash; payouts are still processed via partypoker accounts, however.
Another major change is making the tournament a three-day affair (instead of two days), and allowing players to directly buy into Day 2. It costs £550 to buy into Day 2 direct, and anyone doing so receives 200,000 chips, which is the equivalent of 100 big blinds because the blinds are rolled back to 1,000/2,000 at the start of Day 2.
Otherwise, everything that players love about the GPPT is still there in all of its glory.
There are plenty of Day 1s taking place at DTD, in partner casinos, and online at partypoker. All Day 1s see players battle it out for 14 levels – 12-minutes online, 30-minutes live – and if they have chips in front of them once the 14th level concludes, they progress to Day 2.
Should anyone who progresses to Day 2 not be happy with their stack, they are welcome to play additional Day 1s until to make it through with a stack of chips they are happy with, but can only take their largest stack through with them, any other stacks are forfeited.
Although the GPPT is predominately frequented by players from the UK, the fact GPPT DTD runs right before the World Poker Tour UK festival means that this particular field could have a much more cosmopolitan field to it as a large number of American, Canadian, and European players are expected to descend on DTD for the WPT festival.
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The GPPT section of the partypoker lobby may be dominated by the upcoming Cardiff, Ireland, and Canada tournaments, but online day 1s for GPPT DTD will appear in the very near future.
Head to that filter in the partypoker tournament lobby and you will find satellites called Live Event Tickets. These tournaments start as low as $0.01 and increase to $5.50, which then feed into $22 buy-in tournaments where you can win $109 tickets and GPPT seats.
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