Grosvenor Casinos delighted live poker fans by announcing the return of his Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) from July 15th.
The COVID-19 pandemic has slashed the 2020 schedule for the GUKPT, which was the 14th consecutive year of the long tour. Artan Dedousha won the Â£ 1,500 GUKPT London Main Event for Â£ 137,430 before Ben dobson secure it GUKPT Manchester Main Event title for Â£ 75,510 in February 2020. It was the last live GUKPT event of the season, with the government forcing casinos to close.
Grosvenor Casinos has moved its scheduled live events to its online poker site, as have many operators. Online poker is great, but it is no substitute for live play, especially if live poker is your thing. Grinders now have the chance to take part in a major live poker tournament starting July 15 with the announcement of the GUKPT London 2021 festival.
GUKPT guarantees Â£ 200,000 for its opening event in 2021
Details are a bit sketchy at the moment, Grosvenor naturally holding his cards close to his chest. PokerNews does he know July 15-25, 2021 are the dates in pencil for the resumption of the GUKPT.
Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London is the venue chosen to host the first GUKPT event of 2021. The program, which has yet to be finalized, includes a Â£ 1,250 buy-in Main Event that boasts a guaranteed prize pool of Â£ 200,000.
The UK is currently in step three of a four-step process to get back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 17, the casinos reopened to the public, but with social distancing measures, including plastic dividers at poker tables and games played with seven hands.
June 21 is the next key date on the COVID-19 roadmap. This is when the government hopes to be able to remove all legal limits on social contact. All dates are subject to change as the government monitors coronavirus hotspots, including the surge in the event of the new, rapidly spreading variant originating in India.
For now, at least, the UK can look forward to its first major guaranteed live poker tournament. PokerNews will provide you with more details as they are received.
Demand for live poker is high
There is significant demand for live poker even with social distancing measures in place. The recent Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Poker broke several attendance records in the United States.
Closer to home, PokerStars LIVE at the Racecourse reopened with lively cash game action and the first multi-day tournament held on UK soil in 2021. Carlos Estivill won this tournament, overtaking a field of 286 runners and turning his Â£ 250 into Â£ 13,504.
Easing social distancing could see poker return to From dusk till dawn in Nottingham. Owner Rob yong recently reached out to loyal customers via a video on Twitter. Yong revealed that he does not want to reopen the DTD club until the government removes all restrictions. The DTD has been closed since March 16, 2020, before the government forced the closure of non-essential businesses.