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Englishman Neil Slater Upsets Locals by Winning GUKPT Edinburgh

Englishman Nathan Slater has overcome the odds to snatch the GUKPT Edinburgh title from local pro Michael Kane.

As Grosvenor Poker’s live tour hurtles towards its summer schedule, the chips were flying in Scotland. Taking place inside Edinburgh’s Grosvenor Casino Maybury, the latest main event attracted 309 entries.

Comparing like-for-like, this year’s £560 showdown welcomed 51 more players than it did in 2018. As well as live satellites, the GUKPT’s recent online innovations helped the numbers swell as things got underway on April 4.

Englishman Rocks Scottish Event

With the £100,000 guarantee broken, the champion in waiting was set to … Read more

Online Betting Records Fall As Grand National Interest Peaks

The 2019 Grand National has shown the strength of online gaming and betting as multiple operators set new records.

As Tiger Roll made history by winning back-to-back Grand National titles, bookmakers across the country were celebrating.

Although favourites often cost bookies money, the Grand National is a different beast. With 40 runners, casual punters often take advantage of long odds which lessens the financial impact of a favourite winning.

Winner All Round in 2019

Irrespective of this year’s result, the latest data suggests that records may have fallen.

Although gathering industry-wide data is tough, BGT Sports processed twice as many … Read more

Grand National Betting Favourite Betway Extends Sponsorship Deal

Betway and the Grand National will continue to work in unison for the next five years after agreeing a new deal.

The two company’s formed a partnership in 2017 when Betway became a headline sponsor for the annual horse racing festival. With the current deal set to expire in 2020, the betting operator has negotiated a four-year extension.

Betway Retains Grand National Sponsorship

As part of package, Betway will retain its sponsorship of races during the Grand National festival, including the Betway Aintree Hurdle.

However, what the deal won’t include is sponsorship of the Grand National itself. That privilege will … Read more

2019 GUKPT Schedule Introduces More Online Innovations

Season 13 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has just been announced and this year the organisers are bidding to increase participation with more online opportunities.

2019 GUKPT
The 2019 GUKPT will not only feature guaranteed prizepools topping £2.3 million but a host of online events. (Image: GUKPT)

Disseminating details of the thirteenth season on January 23, Grosvenor officials confirmed the 2019 GUKPT will give away at least £2.3 million over the course of nine legs. Kicking off with a stop in the capital, the new season will also feature a selection of low stakes events.

GUKPT 2019 Schedule

Leg 1 … Read more

UKGC Puts Kibosh on £500,000 House Raffle

UK betting laws have stopped a £500,000 house auction in its tracks after the Gambling Commission ruled the competition was akin to a lottery.

Despite informing the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) of their intention to raffle off their home, Robert and Avril Smith were recently told to stop accepting entries.

It had been the retired couple’s intention to hold a draw on January 4, with one person being selected to win their North Yorkshire home. However, just days left before the winner was due to be announced, the UKGC stepped in and told Mr and Mrs Smith that the competition … Read more

Emma Fryer, who was killed in a car accident during the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), will be remembered in a special poker event on May 6.

As reported by local newspaper The Stoke Sentinel, Hanley’s Genting Casino will be hosting a memorial tournament to raise money for the Donna Louise Trust.

The special event is being held as mark of respect to Fryer who started playing poker at the venue before to turning pro.

Well-Liked Pro in WSOPE Tragedy

Known to those on the UK circuit as the Poker Queen, Fryer had decided to leave her job … Read more

Class is in Session: High Hopes for 2018 UK Student Poker Championship

Grosvenor Casino’s UK Student Poker Championship is expected to draw one of its biggest ever fields when this main event gets underway on April 4.

With the annual student showdown just days away, Grosvenor’s live tournament team is expecting the final number of entrants to hit the 1,000-mark.

The UK betting operator has been offering online satellites to the £37 main event for the last few weeks, with more than 100 players bagging a place in the tournament for just £0.25.

Affordable Entry Should Attract the Masses

Between the flurry of online activity and an affordable direct buy-in, the organisers … Read more

UKGC CEO Blasts Bikini Models at Gaming Conference

The CEO of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), Sarah Harrison, has blasted betting operators for their use of bikini-clad models at an industry conference.

In a speech delivered ahead of the ICE Totally Gaming expo in London, Harrison highlighted what she believes is a double standard not only at the conference but the industry as a whole.

“This is an industry where we have a number of talented, powerful and successful women, yet from walking around the exhibition you wouldn’t know this. Instead you saw men representing their companies wearing expensive tailored suits whilst their female colleagues were expected … Read more

Grosvenor Publishes 2018 GUKPT Schedule

The ever-popular Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) will be back in 2018 with nine main events on top of a full schedule of smaller festivals across the country.

As the sun was setting on 2017, Grosvenor’s media team published the final details for its GUKPT main events, Student Championship, Goliath and the 25/25 series.

In addition to the new roster of events, Grosvenor also offered a summary of 2017’s tournament highlights.

For its marquee series, the GUKPT, 10,852 players helped generate a cash prizes worth £3,698,255 in 2017.

The more affordable 25/25, which offers main events with a £200 + … Read more

WSOP Online to Close in the UK Following Stakeholder Meeting

If you’re a WSOP Online player in the UK, you have just over two weeks to withdraw your funds before the site goes offline and you potentially lose your bankroll.

According to a recent email sent out the registered players, WSOP Online UK will be closing its virtual doors on July 20. The news appears to have come out of the blue for many, but that hasn’t stopped the operator from ceasing gaming activity with immediate effect on July 3.

Stakeholders Decided the Time is Now

At this stage, the reason for the closure isn’t clear. We put in a … Read more