GentingBet Poker Series Announces 16 Legs For 2020 Tour
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The Genting Poker Series is gearing up for the ninth edition of the tour and it is one of the busiest yet with 16 stop confirmed for the 2020 GPS.
Twelve of the 16 scheduled GPS Main Events only cost £225 to enter yet feature a £35,000 guaranteed prize pool. These events tend to perform well and surpass their guarantees. For example, last year’s Reading leg saw Patrick Phelan top a field of 284 to bank £10,595 for his £225 investment.
Likewise, David Leyland walked away with £14,000 after a three-handed deal, in the Liverpool Queen Square leg.
The £500 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed GPS events are also popular, although fans of the tour will be disappointed to learn there are only four such events this year.
Luton hosts the first of this quartet of tournaments, with Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Resorts World Birmingham also scheduled to host a £100,000 guaranteed event.
Top prizes in the £500 GPS Main Events tend to be around the £30,000 mark. Yiannis Liperis banked £31,830 when he won the Resorts World Birmingham leg last year.
All players in GentingBet Poker Series Main Events go into a prize draw where one lucky punter will win a dream holiday worth £10,000.
New Third-Tier Competition
GentingBet approached UK & Ireland PokerNews and informed us that there is a new third-tier competition making its debut at Stoke in February, with further events running at Blackpool, Reading, Sheffield, Westcliff, and Newcastle.
The Super £80 is an £80 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a cool £15,000 guaranteed. Four Day 1s run from Wednesday through Saturday with the champion crowned on Sunday. Players start with 25,000 chips and play to a 30-minute blind structure.
2020 Genting Poker Series Schedule
|Leg||Dates||Venue||Main Event Buy-in||Main Event GTE|
|1: Newcastle||Feb. 6-9||Genting Casino Newcastle||£225||£35,000|
|2: Westcliff||Feb. 20-23||Genting Casino Westcliff||£225||£35,000|
|3: Sheffield||Mar. 5-8||Genting Casino Sheffield||£225||£35,000|
|4: Blackpool||Mar. 26-29||Genting Casino Blackpool||£225||£35,000|
|5: Luton||Apr. 22-26||Genting Casino Luton||£500||£100,000|
|6: Liverpool||Apr. 30-May 3||Genting Casino Liverpool||£225||£35,000|
|7: Edinburgh||May. 27-31||Genting Casino Fountain Park||£500||£100,000|
|8: Reading||Jun. 4-7||Genting Casino Reading||£225||£35,000|
|9: Luton||Jun. 25-28||Genting Casino Luton||£225||£35,000|
|10: Stoke||Aug. 13-16||Genting Casino Stoke||£225||£35,000|
|11: Torquay||Aug. 19-23||Genting Casino Torquay||£225||£35,000|
|12: Liverpool QS||Aug. 26-30||Genting Casino Liverpool Queen Square||£500||£100,000|
|13: Newcastle||Oct. 10-11||Genting Casino Newcastle||£225||£35,000|
|14: Resorts World||Oct. 21-25||Resorts World Birmingham||£500||£100,000|
|15: Westcliff||Oct. 29- Nov. 1||Genting Casino Westcliff||£225||£35,000|
|16: Sheffield||Nov. 12-15||Genting Casino Sheffield||£225||£35,000|
Kevin Proctor, Poker Operations Manager for Genting UK, said: “The GentingBet Poker Series continues to go from strength to strength with thousands of poker players, new and old, taking part in our Main and Mini events all over the country. We committed to providing our customers with the very best in casino experience and we are excited to announce the addition of the Super 80 to our series of events.
“The year we are returning to the South West of England with our events in Plymouth and Torquay. This area of the UK has been without a major poker event for too long and it is great to be able to return.”
GPS Started Back in 2012
Genting Poker Series started life in 2012 and quickly lost its tag of the newcomer to become a popular addition to the British live poker schedule.
Ruslan Vlasov became the inaugural GPS champion when he outlasted 364-opponents at Genting Club Star City, Birmingham. Vlasov netted £18,200 after a five-way deal involving Neil Ryder, David L’Honore, Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglou and Don Jones.
The tour appeared to be going from strength-to-strength and Genting began adding some larger buy-in events to the schedule.
Elliott Panyi won the first of these, a £1,600 Main Event at the now-defunct Fox Poker Club in London for £66,900. Richard Milner secured £40,086 from the £880 GPS Grand Final in Sheffield in 2013, with Mark Evans winning £54,060 the following year.
2015 saw a change in tactics from Genting who added a lower buy-in “Mini” Main Event to some legs. We spoke to Genting back then and they said they wanted to inject some fun back into poker.
By the following year, these £225 Mini legs dominated the schedule, probably because Genting decided to pull its online poker offering on the iPoker Network. This meant no online satellites or online Day 1s and, therefore, reduced numbers all round.
Low Buy-in Market is Saturated
The problem with hosting so many £225 buy-in tournaments is this market is saturated in the UK at the moment. The 2020 GPS has 12 of these events while Grosvenor has almost 40 of its popular 25/25 Series events scheduled throughout 2020.
It feels like there is a market for a mid-stakes poker tour. The PokerStars UKIPT would be perfect right now or the resurrection of the DTD Deepstacks and DTD500 events.