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2017 Goliath On Course to Smash Records; Kassouf Signs as a Pro

2017 GUKPT Goliath
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  • More than 2,200 players turn out during the first three starting flights of the 2017 GUKPT Goliath.

  • Will Kassouf signs with Grosvenor Poker as a sponsored professional player.

UK & Ireland PokerNews said last week that the 2017 GUKPT Goliath tournament could smash its own attendance record of 5,232 entrants, a prediction that looks set to come true based on the first three starting flights of the £120 buy-in event.

Three of the tournament’s seven Day 1s have been completed and the number of entries already stands at an impressive 2,228.

Day 1a saw 882 players take to the felt, an increase from the 659 of 2016. Only 111 of those players made it through to Saturday’s Day 2 with Bogdan-Marius Aprodu finished as the overnight chip leader after the completion of 16 levels.

PlacePlayerChips
1Bogdan-Marius Aprodu745,500
2Thomas Michael Plaskitt589,500
3Lee Baker481,500
4Rafael Henderson409,000
5Andrew Garland375,000
6Tom Bunker374,500
7Simon Green372,500
8Joe Skipsey370,000
9James Parker364,500
10Gareth Howard342,000

The second starting flight also exceeded the previous year’s attendance as 696 players rocked up to beat the 555 of 2016. Exactly 100 players navigated their way through to Day 2 and while Andrew Dodson finished as the night’s chip leader, his 495,000 stack was nowhere near that of the Day 1a leader.

PlacePlayerChips
1Andrew Dodson495,000
2Kevin Ly445,000
3William James Messenger432,000
4Craig Gruner-Overgaard400,500
5Harvey Lyndden Griffiths399,000
6Wei Cheng389,000
7Andrzej Ciesielski350,000
8Jatinder Singh333,500
9Daniel Smeeth312,000
10Uri Dinay304,500

Day 1c has traditionally been a quiet one for the Goliath tournaments but even this one was busier than the 2016 edition. In 2016, 417 entries were processed while this year’s tournament saw 650 players take to the felt, including re-entries. Only 84 players had chips that needed bagging up after the completion of 16 levels and it was Mark Price who earned the title of overnight chip leader.

PlacePlayerChips
1Mark Price570,000
2Julian Lefevre559,000
3David White481,000
4Nizar Abu Daoud472,500
5Joseph McKeown430,500
6Christian Cernaianu408,000
7Arie Juliusburger401,000
8John Taylor387,500
9David Burt379,000
10Gary Rozanski370,000

According to the GUKPT’s blog, almost 1,000 players have pre-registered for the next four days which should help the total attendance get somewhere near 6,000 entrants. This would mean a prize pool of £600,000 would be created for only a £120 buy-in, and would ensure the 2017 Goliath was the largest tournament to take place outside of Las Vegas.

Will Kassouf Becomes a Sponsored Pro

Love him or hate him, there is no keeping the trash-talking Will Kassouf out of the headlines. Kassouf has been seen sporting a Grosvenor Poker patch in a few of his recent live poker tournament outings and it now looks like Kassouf is a sponsored pro.

Kassouf posted a photo on his Instagram account stating “I’m excited to be officially joining Grosvenor Poker as their new sponsored pro.” Kassouf, who has more than $1.3 million in live tournament winnings, joins Joe Beevers, Ellie Biessek and Jeff Kimber on Grosvenor Poker’s roster.

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