The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Goliath looks as if it is going to be one of the biggest live poker events of the year. Hosted at the G Casino at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry (home of Coventry FC), the organisers are hoping for a field in excess of 1600 poker players and are confidently guaranteeing the prize pool for the £100.00 + £20.00 buy-in tournament at £100,000.
“The Richest Prize Pool Seen at This Level”
That is the claim from Grosvenor Casinos, who also organise the hugely successful GUKPT tour, and who have developed a tempting structure for the event which takes place from Wednesday August 24th to Sunday August 28th. Players on the three Day 1s (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) will have 25,000 starting chips on a 40 minute clock, which changes to an hour clock on the final day. Also, players who bust out within the first six levels have the chance to re-enter, implying that the prize pool could reach almost £200.000!
Qualify for Free!
Online satellites for the GUKPT Goliath are already running on the G Casino web site, and the qualification process starts with a daily freeroll, which rewards those in the top 5% with a seat in a daily £1.00 Re-Buy “Feeder” from which the winners progress to a weekly £10.00 Re-Buy Final. 5 seats are guaranteed in each weekly final, and those who qualify for the Goliath final also receive £120.00 spending money.
Goliath Side Event Schedule
We are not going to tell you how to use your spending money, but there is an excellent side event schedule lined up for players who have qualified for Day 2 of the Goliath by Wednesday and want something to do until Saturday. Goliath satellite tournaments are also included among the side events for those who have not qualified online, as well as tournaments offering seats to the next leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (also to be hosted in Coventry) in October. You can check the GUKPT Coventry schedule here.
|Event Nº||Time||Event Name||Buy-In*|
|Monday 22 August|
|1||2.00pm||10 Seat Guaranteed Super Sat||£25.00|
|2||8.30pm||Deep and Steep Freezeout||£19.00|
|Tuesday 23 August|
|3||2.00pm||10 Seat Guaranteed Super Sat||£25.00|
|4||8.30pm||NL Hold´em Freezeout||£35.00|
|Wednesday 24 August|
|5||12.00 noon||Goliath Day 1A||£120.00|
|6||7.00pm||Deep and Steep Freezeout||£25.00|
|Thursday 25 August|
|5||12.00 noon||Goliath Day 1B||£120.00|
|7||7.00pm||GUKPT Coventry Re-Buy Sat||£30.00|
|Friday 26 August|
|5||12.00 noon||Goliath Day 1C||£120.00|
|8||7.00pm||GUKPT Coventry Re-Buy Sat||£30.00|
|Saturday 27 August|
|5||12.00 noon||Goliath Day 2||–|
|9||7.00pm||Re-entry Freezeout (Day 1 of 2)||£82.00|
|Sunday 28 August|
|5||12.00 noon||Goliath Day 3||–|
|9||12.00 noon||Re-entry Freezeout (Day 2 of 2)||–|
|10||1.00pm||ONLINE NLHE Freezeout||£56.00|
|Buy-In* Includes all fees|
The Goliath Team Challenge
If you are contemplating entering the event and have a group of friends, colleagues, or even people that you do not like but who are good poker players, consider entering as a team for the Goliath Team Challenge. You can register a team of up to six players who will each receive points depending how high they cash in the Goliath. The team which collects the highest number of points will all be entered into next year´s Goliath and a private $1,000 online tournament.
Charity is Supported in a Big Way
The Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity does a wonderful job in providing care to terminally ill cancer sufferers in their own homes and in one of the charity´s nine hospices throughout the country. As Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity supported by both the G Casino and Coventry City FC, 25% of the tournament entry fee (so a fiver) is being donated to their cause. Hopefully a large entry to the GUKPT Goliath will result in them receiving a substantial donation from UK poker players.
If You Live Near a G Casino
If you live near a G Casino, live satellites are being hosted by each club with guaranteed packages (entry and spending money) available to the winners. Each G Casino will have its own schedule for the satellite events depending on other feature games being hosted at each venue.
If You Don´t Live Near a G Casino
If you don´t live near a G Casino, click on the link below to download the free poker software. Once you have registered your account you can go straight away to play in the freeroll satellite qualifiers (no deposit required). However, as the three stage qualification process is via Re-Buy tournaments, you might wish to fund your account at some stage, in which case you will qualify for a 100% match bonus up to $500.00 (around £300.00 in real money).
See you in Coventry!