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2020 GUKPT Season Kicks Off Jan. 23 in London

2020 GUKPT London

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) enters its 14th season on January 23rd when it stops off at the famous Grosvenor Victoria Casino where it will call home until February 2nd.

GUKPT London gives players the chance to see a handful of new-look tournaments in action for the first time.

The GUKPT Midi Main Event gets the festival underway, guaranteeing £100,000 for a £560 buy-in. GUKPT as several similarly-sized Main Events on its 2020 schedule, but this particular one is in addition to the massive £300,000 guaranteed Main Event.

Speaking of which, Grosvenor has increased the buy-in for GUKPT London from £1,110 to £1,500. It is an increase of 26% and it remains to be seen what effect, if any, the higher buy-in has on the attendance figures. The £1,500 is broken down to £1,350 for the prize pool and £150 in tournament fees.

One man guaranteed to be playing for a share of the £300,000 guaranteed prize pool of the Main Event is Richard Kellett. Kellett won the National Poker League’s top prize, a £14,000 Diamond Package, during the previous season. The package awarded him entry to every GUKPT Main Event in 2020, a £2,000 accommodation package, merchandise, and a goodie bag.

Kellett showed incredible consistency last season, reaching four GUKPT Main Event final tables, six 25/25 Series final table, plus a trio of Deepstack final tables.

The other new addition to the schedule is a £5,000 High Roller event. GUKPT has shied away from such buy-ins in the past, but looks to be dipping its toes in the water in the capital to see how they get on. One would imagine they will perform well in and around London, but struggle further north. We shall wait and see.

2020 GUKPT London Schedule

Thu 23 Jan12:00 p.m.£560 GUKPT Midi Main Day 1A£100,000 Gtd
 8:00 p.m.£165 Satellite to Main Event4x £1,500 seats Gtd
Fri 24 Jan12:00 p.m.£560 GUKPT Midi Main Day 1B£100,000 Gtd
Sat 25 Jan12:00 p.m.£560 GUKPT Midi Main Day 2£100,000 Gtd
 3:00 p.m.£330 4-card Pot-Limit Omaha 
 8:00 p.m.£165 Satellite to Main Event4x £1,500 seats Gtd
 8:00 p.m.£340 GUKPT Mini Main Online£20,000 Gtd
Sun 26 Jan12:00 p.m.GUKPT Midi Main Final Day£100,000 Gtd
 3:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Day 1A£20,000 Gtd
 8:00 p.m.£165 Satellite to Main Event4x £1,500 seats Gtd
Mon 27 Jan5:00 p.m.£340 GUKPT Mini Main Day 1B£20,000 Gtd
Tue 28 Jan12:00 p.m.£340 GUKPT Mini Main Day 1C Turbo£20,000 Gtd
 3:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Final Day 
 7:30 p.m.£225 No-Limit Hold’em 
Wed 29 Jan4:30 p.m.£150 Senior No-Limit Hold’em 
 6:00 p.m.£5,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 
 8:00 p.m.£200 Omaha 4/5/6 
Thu 30 Jan12:00 p.m.£1,500 GUKPT Main Event Day 1A£300,000 Gtd
 6:30 p.m.£165 Super Satellite to Main Event6x £1,500 seats Gtd
Fri 31 Jan12:00 p.m.£1,500 GUKPT Main Event Day 1B£300,000 Gtd
Sat 1 Feb12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 2£300,000 Gtd
 4:00 p.m.£300 No-Limit Hold’em 
Sun 2 Feb12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Final Day£300,000 Gtd
 2:00 p.m.£115 No-Limit Hold’em 
 3:00 p.m.£100 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em 
 4:00 p.m.£170 No-Limit Hold’em 75/75 Bounty 

GUKPT London Past Winners

GUKPT London has created some huge top prizes since it first launched back in Season 1. Leo Kam took down the inaugural event and walked away with £119,590. Since then, another six GUKPT London Main Events have paid their champion six-figures.

Martin Silke holds the record for the largest prize thanks to the £172,850 he banked in Season 3.

Last year’s tournament was won by a man preferring to remaining anonymous. The Mystery Man padded his bankroll with a round £100,000 as part of a four-handed deal.

SeasonEntrantsBuy-inPrize poolWinnerPrize
11435£1,000+£100£435,000Michael Zhang£113,000
10394£1,000+£100£394,000Martin Hogarty£66,538
9289£1,000+£90£289,000Victor Ilyukhin£82,600
8323£1,000+£80£323,000Oliver Price£86,400
7397£1,000+£70£397,000Martin Bader£56,000
6315£1,000+£70£315,000Robin Keston£84,310
5245£1,500+£50£367,500Praz Bansi£101,020
4318£1,500+£90£477,000Cuong Tran£127,800
3398£1,500+£75£597,000Martin Silke£172,850
2424£1,000+£60£424,000Ketul Nathwani£119,780
1433£1,000+£50£433,000Leo Kam£119,590
  • The 14th season of the GUKPT kicks off in London from January 23rd and runs through February 2nd.

  • The 2020 GUKPT London Main Event has a £300,000 guarantee for a £1,500 buy-in.

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