Walsall may not be the first city that springs to mind when you think of poker destinations, but it has been a mainstay on the ever-popular Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) since the tour’s creation in 2007.
The GUKPT has stopped in Walsall in nine of the previous 10 seasons, with only Season 9 in 2015 not seeing the Midlands casino host one of the GUKPT’s prestigious events.
This season’s GUKPT Walsall festival runs from April 23 through 30 and features several tournaments and satellites for players to compete in. The highlight of the week-long festival is the £550 buy-in Main Event which boasts a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Other highlights include the £110 Mini Main Event, which kicks off the festival in style, plus a £165 no-limit hold’em event, a £110 bounty tournament and a £110 six-handed tournament.
Satellites for the Main Event are available during the week at the Grosvenor Casino Walsall and online at Grosvenor Poker. If you download Grosvenor Poker via PokerNews you’ll receive a 200 percent up to £700 first deposit bonus!
2017 GUKPT Walsall Schedule
|April 23||12 p.m.||£110 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1a|
|7:30 p.m.||£26 Super Satellite to Main Event|
|April 24||4 p.m.||£26 Turbo Satellite to Main Event|
|6 p.m.||£110 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1b|
|April 25||4 p.m.||£26 Turbo Satellite to Main Event|
|6 p.m.||Mini Main Event Final Day|
|7:30 p.m.||£165 No-Limit Hold’em|
|April 26||4:00pm||£26 Turbo Satellite to Main Event|
|6:30 p.m.||No-Limit Hold’em Final Day|
|7:30 p.m.||£110 NLHE 6-Max|
|9 p.m.||£82 Super Satellite to Main Event|
|April 27||1 p.m.||£550 NLHE Main Event Day 1a|
|4 p.m.||£26 Turbo Satellite to Main Event|
|6 p.m.||£82 Pot-Limit Omaha 4/5/6|
|April 28||1 p.m.||£550 NLHE Main Event Day 1b|
|9 p.m.||£110 NLHE Bounty|
|April 29||1 p.m.||Main Event Day 2|
|6 p.m.||£110 NLHE Win the Button|
|April 30||12 p.m.||Main Event Final|
|4 p.m.||£82 No-Limit Hold’em|
Previous GUKPT Walsall Results
|10||£550||241||Lee Wai Kiat||£34,850|
Jerome Bradpiece won the inaugural GUKPT Walsall Main Event in 2007. Back then, the tournament commanded a £1,050 buy-in and attracted 360 players through the casino’s door. Bradpiece was the last man standing and that result netted him £121,600, which is still the largest live cash of the popular pro’s career.
Other winners of GUKPT Walsall include Jeff Kimber, Sunny Chattha, David Tighe, Ben Winsor and the reigning champion Lee Wai Kiat.
2017 GUKPT Results
Walsall is the fourth leg of the 2017 GUKPT, and if previous events from this year are a benchmark, anyone competing at Walsall is in for a treat.
Michael Zhang triumphed in London in the opening leg of the 2017 season and won a massive £113,000 before Andy Hills became a GUKPT champion in Manchester and added £46,988 to his lifetime winnings. The latest GUKPT winner was Paul Green who topped a field of 227 in Edinburgh and turned £550 into £17,500.