Friday 28th June, 2019

The growth of Goliath!

By Mad Harper

Goliath is Europe’s biggest poker tournament and it’s staggering to see how much it’s grown since its launch in 2011 – especially compared to the World Series or Aussie Millions.

The 2019 Goliath Main Event kicks off July 27 with a £100 + £25 buy-in – and seven starting flights in total. Check out the Goliath event page for great accommodation near the venue.

The Goliath Main Event has grown by nearly 20% a year – compared to just 3% for the Aussie Million and 9% for the WSOP. There were 1,765 entries for the debut Goliath in 2011 and more than four times that number last year – a gigantic field of 7,500 entries. A total of 734 players finished in the money, with champion Florian Duta taking £101,450 for his win.

Grosvenor Casinos estimates that nearly 19,000 hands were being dealt every hour on Day 1 of the event last year and the huge number of entries meant the prize pool soared to £754,450.

This year’s Goliath promises to be even bigger, with an army of poker players – from first-timers to seasoned poker pros - preparing to descend on the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. With a guaranteed first prize of £100,000, organisers are anticipating more than 8,000 entries and a prize pool of over £800,000. There are tons of side events on the schedule as well including the National 25/50 Event from July 24-28 and two-day £300 + £35 Super High Roller from August 3-4.

The Goliath is a chance for players of all kinds to compete in Europe’s biggest tournament for just £100 + £25. With a guaranteed £100,000 for first prize, the Goliath Main Event headlines 11 days of rip-roaring action – so get yourself booked in now to avoid disappointment.

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