Thursday 14th September, 2017

GUKPT Leeds £100k Main Event starts today!

By Mad Harper

There is still plenty of time to get to Leeds for what promises to be one of the best UK poker  events of the year.

All the Grosvenor Ambassadors – Joe Beevers, Will Kassouf, Jeff Kimber and Katie Swift – are competing  at GUKPT Leeds, along with GUKPT Passport winner Andy Hills who was runner-up at the Grosvenor Blackpool 25/25 Series at the weekend. Day 1a of the £100k guarantee Main Event starts today with Day 1b tomorrow.


We are the tour’s Official Travel Partner and can help you find great accommodation for GUKPT Leeds as well as all other remaining stops on the 2017 GUKPT schedule. Leeds is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and attracts millions of visitors a year, nightlife is booming and there are tons of bars, restaurants and clubs – plus excellent shopping.


This year’s GUKPT Leeds is a welcome return for the tour which unfortunately had to bail last year after the casino was badly damaged by floods. The unscheduled two-year break means that 59-year-old retired executive Stephen Foster is still the defending champion. He won GUKPT Leeds for £24,500 back in 2015.


This year’s GUKPT Leeds boasts a very packed schedule. As well as the £550 GUKPT Leeds Main Event (running September 14-17), the schedule also features a ton of other tourneys including the £10k guarantee Mini Main, a two-day “NLH 150” tournament, an £82 Omaha 4/5/6 event and a £100 Bounty tournament – plus, of course, lots of satellites and cash games.


Grosvenor Ambassador Joe Beevers said: “I don't think I have ever played in Leeds before and I'm looking forward to it. My dad was from nearby Wakefield so I'm an honorary Yorkshireman anyway! Hope to see lots of you there!" Fellow Ambassadors Katie Swift and Will Kassouf will also be playing poker in Leeds for the first time and looking forward to it.  Swift said: “This is be my first poker trip to the city and what better way than with the GUKPT.  I can't wait to explore the city too, I've heard such good things!”


The last GUKPT Leeds in 2015 attracted a host of big names including GUKPT legend Ali Mallu, EPT Barcelona winner Tom Middleton, online whizz-kid Luke Fields, UKSPC Champion Alex Spencer, Grosvenor Ambassador Jeff Kimber and previous GUKPT Champs Jamie O’Connor and Paul Foltyn.


Now celebrating its 11th season, the GUKPT is the longest running poker tour in the UK, welcoming poker enthusiasts from all across the country for a packed week of fun poker action.

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