£200,000 Gtd GUKPT London Main Event Returns From July 15
Grosvenor Casinos has delighted live poker fans by announcing the return of its long-running Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) from July 15.
The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed the 2020 GUKPT schedule, which was the 14th consecutive year of the long-running tour. Artan Dedusha won the £1,500 GUKPT London Main Event for £137,430 before Ben Dobson secured the GUKPT Manchester Main Event title for £75,510 in February 2020. That was the last live GUKPT event of the season with the government forcing casinos to close.
Grosvenor Casinos moved its scheduled live events to its online poker site as many operators did. Online poker is great, but it is no substitute for the live game, especially if live poker is your thing. Grinders now have the chance to play in a major live poker tournament from July 15 with the announcement of the 2021 GUKPT London festival.
GUKPT Guarantees £200,000 For Its Opening 2021 Event
Details are a little sketchy at the moment with Grosvenor understandably holding its cards close to its chest. PokerNews does know July 15-25, 2021 are the dates pencilled in for the resumption of the GUKPT.
Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London is the venue chosen to host the first GUKPT event of the 2021. The yet-to-be-finalised schedule features a £1,250 buy-in Main Event which boasts a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
The United Kingdom is currently at step three of a four-step process of returning to normality after the COVID-19 pandemic. May 17 saw casinos reopen to the public, albeit with social distancing measures, including plastic dividers at poker tables and games played seven-handed.
June 21 is the next key date on the COVID-19 roadmap. This is when the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. All dates are subject to change as the government monitors coronavirus hotspots, including the surge in case of the new fast-spreading variant that originated in India.
For now, at least, the UK can look forward to its first big guaranteed live poker tournament. PokerNews will supply you with more details as it receives them.
Demand For Live Poker Is High
There is a major demand for live poker even with social distancing measures in place. The recent Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown broke several attendance records over in the United States.
Closer to home, PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome reopened with bustling cash game action and the first multi-day tournament held on British soil in 2021. Carlos Estivill won that tournament, topping a field of 286 runners and turning his £250 into £13,504.
Easing of social distancing could see the return of poker at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. Owner Rob Yong recently addressed his loyal customers via a video on Twitter. Yong revealed he does not want to reopen the DTD club until the government removes all restrictions. DTD has been closed since March 16, 2020, before the government enforced closures of non-essential businesses.