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Goliath Breaks Records as David Haye Finds New Love for Poker

Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath has raised the bar for live poker in Europe once again by breaking its own attendance record.

Setting out to top last year’s event, Grosvenor enlisted the services of retired boxing champ David Haye.

A relative novice at poker but a familiar face to sporting fans around the world, Haye was drafted in as something of a sacrificial lamb.

With pros and amateurs alike looking to knockout the former knockout artist, interest in the 2019 Goliath was high.

Queues Form as Goliath Grows

In fact, ahead of the seventh and final starting flight, players were queuing inside … Read more

Loot boxes and skins are still not defined as forms of gambling but things could change if the government gets tough.

In a meeting with the digital, media, culture and sport select committee, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) said its position remains unchanged.

Following a call to outlaw loot boxes back in 2017, the gaming regulator stated that the in-game add-ons weren’t considered gambling. At the time, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Tracey Crouch said the contents of each box didn’t have any real-world value.

Loot Boxes Are Like Lotteries

When a player pays for … Read more

Brit Student Stuns Crowd with £1.2 Million WSOP Win

University dropout turned poker player Nick Marchington has defied the odds by winning £1.2 million at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Competing at the annual poker festival, Marchington made the final table of the Main Event. Regarded as poker’s world championship showpiece, the young player paid $10,000/£8,000 to join 8,569 hopefuls.

WSOP Win Marks Career-High for Marchington

Although he failed to win a coveted WSOP bracelet, the 21-year-old did scoop the biggest payout of his career. What’s more, his achievement suggests his decision to leave university early was a wise one.

Taking up poker while at the University of … Read more

London is set to host the most expensive poker tournament in history thanks to the Triton High Roller Series.

Backed by Partypoker and part of the Asian company’s push to revive the high stakes scene, Triton London will cost £1.05 million to enter.

Dwarfing anything the capital has seen before, the exclusive event will take place between August 1 and 3 inside London’s Park Lane Hilton.

Triton to Host Summer Sizzler

After details of the latest Triton event went live, speculation as to who would play was rife. With the buy-in taking poker to new heights (as seen in the … Read more

David Haye is inching ever closer to his showdown with the GUKPT Goliath but a recent video diary reveals he’s taking it in his stride.

In the lead up to his appearance in the largest live poker tournament outside of Las Vegas, the retired boxer sought help from a fellow heavyweight.

Looking to escape his recent downswing, Haye met up with Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison. Aiming to have some fun in the sun, the pair went through the finer points of poker on a beach in Manila.

David Haye Documents His Journey

To document his experience in Asia, David … Read more

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