GUKPT Goliath Preview: Coventry Braced for Another Giant Summer Sizzler

The 2019 GUKPT Goliath is set to awake from its slumber on July 25 and, this year, the organisers are hoping for another cracker.

GUKPT Goliath 2019

Can the GUKPT Goliath break another record when the action gets underway on July 25? (Image: GUKPT)

Part of a packed 2019 GUKPT schedule, the Goliath will return to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for another record attempt this summer.

GUKPT Goliath Continues to Grow

As its done since 2011, the summer tournament has set the standard for mass participation.

During the inaugural season, 1,765 players sat down for the first of what’s become the largest live event outside of the WSOP.

Running through the numbers, the 2019 GUKPT Goliath could attract more than 8,000 entries. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of entries has increased, on average, by 1,000 per year.

If that trend continues, last year’s 7,584 entries could turn into 8,500+ between July 25 and August 4.

GUKPT Goliath: The Numbers

2011 = 1,765 entries

2012 = 1,954 entries

2013 = 2,570 entries

2014 = 3,394 entries

2015 = 4,210 entries

2016 = 5,232 entries

2017 = 6,385 entries

2018 = 7,584 entries

To help the Goliath live up to its name, Grosvenor has introduced a number of innovations this year.

Alongside the customary satellites and side events, the GUKPT has embraced the internet like never before.

With Grosvenor’s parent group Rank Interactive enjoying a 17 percent uptick in online activity last year, poker players are reaping the benefits.

As well as more qualifiers, the tour as a whole now features online starting days. In tandem with these innovations, the organisers hope David Haye will generate some extra interest.

David Wants to Slay Goliath

The former world heavyweight boxing champion is slated to take part in this summer’s event as part of his partnership with Grosvenor.

Despite being a novice, the Hayemaker has been learning from Team Grosvenor and honing his skills on a custom GUKPT table.

With the David vs. Goliath showdown edging ever closer, Haye recently stepped up his game. Taking to the felt in an Asian Poker Tour (APT) side event, he notched up his first live cash.

Although the £532 payday pales in comparison to his boxing bounties, he described it as a proud moment. Buoyed by that result, Haye will be looking for more when his takes on thousands of hopefuls at the 2019 GUKPT Goliath.

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