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The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (or GUKPT, for short) is a live poker tournament held in the United Kingdom every year. It currently holds the title for the largest live poker tournament held in the United Kingdom. The tournament is composed of several stops, or stages. In each stage there are several days of low limit games (small tournaments with small buy-ins) and it’s all topped off with a four day main event, where the buy-in is worthy of any large worldwide tournament: £1,000. The tournament has two final, main stops held in the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London and the Champion of Champions Festival held in Coventry. Each of these two Final Events has a buy-in of £2,500.

Not unlike other live poker tournaments of this magnitude, The GUKPT is held, as we’ve covered, in many locations that span through the whole United Kingdom. This is a great opportunity for players, mainly because it blends the experience you get from a large poker tournament, with all that it involves (from qualifying to the tournament – the experience of satellites, online play turning into live play once you get to the main event, interacting with other players in both the online and live environments) and a cool holiday that you might have not taken on your own. Thanks to the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, you have the chance to do both playing poker and visiting cities such as: Bolton, Walsall, London, Manchester, Coventry, Luton, Brighton or Blackpool, practically visiting the whole United Kingdom if you follow the tournament from start to finish.

You can qualify to the GUKPT online, as you would for many other large live tournaments. The GUKPT has a lot of satellites and a well-structured satellite organization, which can make it very easy for you to win a spot in the main event. You can even win a spot by entering the freeroll tournaments, which are the lowest investment you can make in the whole GUKPT. After the freerolls, you can enter satellites for as low as 4 pounds, or even join in the main event directly by paying the 1,000 pound entry.

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour is one of the wealthiest in the world, and it is, in fact, the richest tournament in the United Kingdom. This is saying something, especially when you take into account the fact that the United Kingdom is one of the richest countries when it comes to gambling heritage. In 2009, the first prize alone, won by Tony Cascarino, was worth almost 170 thousand pounds, and the next places were not very cheap as well. Add that to the 100 thousand pound prize pool from the Champion of Champions Tournament and you have one large payout for all the participants. You can qualify for a free poker sponsorship by playing in the online poker league at which is starting in December.

So, if the name alone didn’t convince you, maybe you were convinced by the prizes involved. Whatever the case, we’re almost positive that anybody who hears about the GUKPT, one of Europe’s most prestigious poker tournaments, instantly wants a piece of the action.



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