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Royal Ascot is underway which means horseracing fans around the world will be tuning in to watch one of the sport’s top festivals.

With Queen Elizabeth II set to make her annual appearance at the Berkshire racecourse, attendance figures will swell over the coming week.

Indeed, with at least Group One event each day, including the Gold Cup, more than 300,000 punters will attend Royal Ascot between June 18 and 22.

Royal Ascot Another Racing Bonanza

Heading into Europe’s best-attended racing event, a number of runners are attracting the interest of bettors.

In the Queen Mary Stakes, Good Vibes is … Read more

David Haye Knocked for Six by Poker but Loves It

David Haye has told TalkSPORT that poker isn’t as easy as he thought it would be despite his competitive nature.

Appearing on the Kelly and Quinney show, the retired world champion admitted overconfidence was almost his downfall. Despite his initial ego, he has since become a solid player according to his coach Jeff Kimber.

Poker Bug Bites David Haye

The man himself admits that he’s now caught the poker bug and that’s allowed him to work on his weaknesses.

Last night we went to the Vic and David played with us watching on cameras from another room and we couldn’t

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GUKPT Travels to Luton for £100,000 Tournament Debut

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is set to land in Luton this weekend where it will offer a £100,000 guaranteed prizepool for the first time.

Part of the tour’s improved schedule, the £560 main event will get underway on June 6. As well as a six-figure guarantee, this will be the first of two stops in Luton for the GUKPT this season.

GUKPT Building on Previous Success

Running two separate events in the Bedfordshire city is Grosvenor’s bid to give more value to more players.

In 2018, the GUKPT hosted its more familiar £1,110 main event inside Grosvenor … Read more

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

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 … Read more

David Haye Describes APT Win as Better than His Boxing Millions

Retired British boxer David Haye has described his first live poker win as more satisfying than the money he made in the ring.

Despite being a two-weight world champion and earning millions, cashing at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila is one of career highlights.

Although Haye stopped short of calling it the best moment in his life, he said the £532 winnings made him prouder than his “last few” boxing purses.

David Haye Still Swinging

For followers of boxing, Haye’s final outings left a lot to be desired. After retiring from the sport, he return to face Tony Bellew … Read more

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

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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