Poker in the UK seems to be getting bigger by the day with the news that Grosvenor Casinos, in collaboration with D4 Events, is aiming to set “a European record for the largest poker tournament ever held” with The Goliath event at Coventry Football Club’s Ricoh Arena in August.
The five-day event at the complex will most likely be the biggest in Europe as 1500 competitors battle it out for the top prize of £25,000 – or $40,000 – from August 24-28.
The buy-in of £100 ($160) plus £20 ($32) registration makes The Goliath one of the better tournaments – if won – in terms of return on investment (ROI) with a guaranteed prize pool of a handy £100,000 ($160,000).
There is an additional bonus, too, with 25% of the registration fee going to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.
Daniel Gidney, chief executive at Ricoh Arena, said: “We are excited to be part of this. This is a great chance for beginners as well as more experienced poker players to test themselves against a huge number of competitors as well as to walk away with a five-figure prize.”
The event is to be streamed live on www.gukpt.com and entries can be won through £1 ($1.60) buy-in qualifiers at any G Casino or Grosvenor. Alternatively, there are also qualifying events at gcasino.com.
Contestants will be provided with discount accommodation for the event, which takes place just two months after Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn tries to break their own attendance record with the Grand Prix.
Sticking with Grosvenor, Jeff Leigh is excited to be the new tour manager for the casino’s UK Poker Tour (GUKPT).
Leigh, already the senior poker manager at the world-famous Victoria Casino – or The Vic – in London, will take charge for this season’s GUKPT festivals, which kick off next month in Walsall.
The highly experienced 53-year-old says that, “despite my many years in poker and at The Vic, I am still enthusiastic”. What is even better news for the tour is that Leigh emphasises that he’s determined not to relax in his new role by “already thinking about what I can bring to the table”.
He is ready to put his money where his mouth is, too, saying he believes that “it’s what you do that counts, not just what you say”.
The next GUKPT event is at Walsall’s Grosvenor Casino, starting on Sunday, April 24, and ending with a three-day, £1070 (approximately $1710) main event that begins on Friday, April 29.
In other news, the Spanish Championship is the next major stop on the World Poker Tour calendar and runs from May 25-29 at Casino Barcelona.
Of course, hopefuls can win an $8000 package at PartyPoker’s website. The package includes a $4900 buy-in, $1200 spending money, and six nights’ accommodation in the beautiful Catalonian capital city.
There are daily freeroll qualifiers and feeder events that cost between $2 and $45, as well as direct entry for the winners of the $400 plus $20 qualifiers on Sundays.
Finally, Full Tilt Poker players have the chance to claim a share of a massive $30million bonanza via the website’s Double Guarantee Week that starts today and runs until Sunday, April 3.
Every weekly guaranteed event will have its prize pool doubled and all will be multi-entry tournaments, while Full Tilt is to end the week-long series by trebling all prizes at every one of their guaranteed tournaments.