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Blackpool Gears Up for a £200K GUKPT Main Event


The seaside town of Blackpool is awash with poker players from the length and breadth of the United Kingdom thanks to the penultimate leg of the 2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour taking place at the Grosvenor G Casino on the famous Blackpool seafront.

More than a dozen tournaments and satellites are scheduled for the ninth leg of the 2017 GUKPT and it marks the 11th consecutive year that Blackpool has hosted a GUKPT festival.

A £220 no-limit hold’em event with a £20,000 prize pool kicked off the festival on Bonfire Night with the first of two starting flights. Day 1b commences at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 6 with the second and final day getting underway at the same time on Nov. 6.

Several other tournaments should see juicy prize pools on offer, not least because Blackpool is a hotbed for live poker tournaments. Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 11, players can get involved in such events as the £330 no-limit hold’em, £220 no-limit hold’em six-max, £165 pot-limit Omaha 4/5/6. The $165 no-limit hold’em bounty event and the showpiece tournament, the £1,100 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event with its £200,000 guarantee.

2017 GUKPT Blackpool Schedule

Mon 6 Nov4:00 p.m.£36 super satellite to Main Event
 6:00 p.m.£220 Mini Main Event Day 1b
Tue 7 Nov4:00 p.m.£36 turbo satellite to Main Event
 6:00 p.m.Mini Main Event Final Day
Wed 8 Nov4:00 p.m.£36 turbo satellite to Main Event
 6:30 p.m.£330 no-limit hold’em
 7:30 p.m.£220 no-limit hold’em six-max
 9:00 p.m.£165 Super Satellite to Main Event
Thu 9 Nov1:00 p.m.£1,100 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 1a
 4:00 p.m.£36 turbo satellite to Main Event
 6:00 p.m.£165 pot-limit Omaha 4/5/6
 6:30 p.m.£330 no-limit hold’em Final Day
Fri 10 Nov1:00 p.m.£1,100 GUKPT Blackpool Day 1b
 9:00 p.m.£165 no-limit hold’em Bounty
Sat 11 Nov1:00 p.m.Main Event Day 2
 6:00 p.m.£165 no-limit hold’em Win the Button
Sun 12 Nov12:00 p.m.Main Event Final Day
 4:00 p.m.£110 no-limit hold’em

The GUKPT Blackpool Main Event has had its fair share of notable champions over the years including the likes of Priyan de Mel, Simon Deadman, Richard Trigg, and last year’s winner Tom Middleton. In Season 10, Middleton topped a field of 251 entrants to get his hands on £56,255 after a three-way chop involving Tom Hall and Richard Kellett.

Past GUKPT Blackpool Main Events

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize poolChampionPrize
1£1,050353£353,000Paul Bracken£109,700
2£1,060341£341,000Brian Clarke£96,500
3£1,060287£287,000Priyan de Mel£84,900
4£1,070246£246,000David Johnson£67,750
5£1,070262£262,000Andrew Peters£72,020
6£1,070173£173,000Simon Deadman£49,290
7£1,070226£226,000Richard Trigg£53,000
8£1,080171£200,000Justin Astley£59,000
9£1,090275£275,000Jonny Gray£69,050
10£1,100251£251,000Tom Middleton£56,255

Online satellites to the GUKPT Main Event are available at Grosvenor Poker where if you download the software via UK & Ireland PokerNews, you are entitled to a 200 percent up to £700 first deposit bonus. Satellites are also available for the £400,000 guaranteed GUKPT Grand Final held in London from Nov. 19-26.

  • Blackpool prepares to host its 11th consecutive Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event.

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