The organizers of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour were flushed with success
this week following a better than expected response to the tournament
which showed just how popular this concept is. The demand on the inaugural
Bolton leg of the competition has persuaded Grosvenor to extend all
future events to four, instead of three days.
The first leg in Bolton was originally due to have 160 runners, however, due to the sheer number of people qualifying online at Blue Square Poker.com and from direct buy-ins, this was increased to 200 competitors.
All future GUKPT events will consist of two first days, a second day and a final day.
The GUKPT is an exclusive series of 11 major poker tournaments, with each leg being filmed and then broadcast on Channel 4 from September to the end of 2007.
Players can buy in directly for GBP1 000 to each event or try their luck in qualifying through a comprehensive series of live satellites at Grosvenor Casinos and online satellites at Tour Sponsor Blue Square's internet poker site. Each event will be taking place as the main event of an existing Grosvenor Poker Festival.
Russell Tamplin GUKPT Operations Director commented: "We were delighted at the sheer demand for our first event and have had to re-think future tournaments so that we can cope with the expected increase in numbers. It's good news for the players as the winner of each event can now expect to walk away with over GBP 100 000."
Future dates and locations are as follows:
February - Walsall, 15th-18th
March - Cardiff, 22nd-25th
April - Manchester, 19th-22nd
May - Brighton, 17th-20th
July - Newcastle. 19th-22nd
August - Luton, 9th-12th
September - Plymouth, 6th-9th
October - London, 18th-21st
November - Blackpool, 15th-18th
November/December - GRAND FINAL, London, 29th November-2nd December