All eyes on GUKPT Manchester
Monday 3rd February, 2020

All eyes on GUKPT Manchester

By Mad Harper

Leg 2 of the popular GUKPT Tour takes place in Manchester this month with a £200,000 guarantee Main Event as the festival highlight. GUKPT Manchester runs February 23 to March 1 and features the usual range of great side events, many with luscious guarantees.

The Manchester leg follows hot on the heels of the first event of the year: GUKPT London. Artan Dedusha beat a 379-strong field after taking down the £300k guaranteed Main Event for £137,430. He denied two-time GUKPT Grand Final winner Ben Winsor yet another GUKPT trophy after beating him heads-up. Victoria Coren-Mitchell finished fifth for £23,570 while GUKPT Ambassador Richard Trigg min-cashed for £3,010.

The Manchester schedule includes the £200 + £25 Mini Main, a £135 + £15 No Limit tourney with £8,500 guaranteed, a £135 + £15 unlimited re-entry Seniors event, £150 + £15 Omaha 4/5/6, £100 Ladies Event, a £250 + £25 No Limit tourney with £15k guaranteed and £100 + £15 NL with £7k guaranteed. The £200k guarantee Main Event starts Thursday February 27 with unlimited re-entries for the £1,100 + £100 tournament. Players get a 20,000 starting stack and 60-minute blind levels, and can buy-in or re-enter up until the start of Day 2.

This is Season 14 of the UK’s longest-running tour. The 2020 GUKPT will comprise nine legs each hosting a flagship Main Event – with buy-ins ranging from £560 to £2,500 and guarantees of between £100,000 and £500,000.


The GUKPT Player of the Year contest, also known as the National Poker League, is now off to a cracking start with five 2021 Diamond GUKPT Packages up for grabs for leaderboard winners. The contest awards points to players taking part in any of the ‘Grosvenor Presents’ live poker tournaments as well as selected online events – a total of some 150 different tournaments during the year, including the GUKPT, Deepstack and 25/25 Series.


As well as winning a stunning Grosvenor Casinos Player of the Year trophy, the GUKPT Player of the Year winner receives a lucrative £14,000 “Diamond GUKPT package” which includes entry into all nine GUKPT 2021 Main Events plus buy-ins for other selected Grosvenor tournaments, a £2,000 accommodation package and coveted Grosvenor merchandise and goodie bag. Last season’s winner was Richard Kellet who triumphed after finishing the year on 548.65 points.


Following Manchester, the tour heads north for GUKPT Edinburgh Leg 3 starting March 22. Other Grosvenor action is also taking place in Edinburgh with the 25/25 tournament running March 5-9. 25/25 Leeds is taking place February 12-16 followed by Walsall February 19-23; there are dozens more 25/25 events this year taking place at Grosvenor casinos all over the country including Birmingham, Stockton, Southampton, Leeds, Reading and Portsmouth.

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