The 18th GUKPT Season Shuffles Up in London From January 3

The 18th GUKPT Season Shuffles Up in London From January 3

It seems like only minutes ago that Paul Vas Nunes was crowned the 2023 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final champion, but here we are at the start of the long-running tour's 18th season. The Poker Room, formerly The Vic, will be awash with poker players from up and down the country from January 3 through January 14, each vying to get 2024 off to the best of starts.

The first GUKPT Main Event is scheduled to run from 12:00 p.m. GMT on January 11 through January 14. Each of the three flights, including the turbo-structured Day 1C, commands a 1,250 buy-in, and you receive 20,000 chips. Levels are 60-minutes in length through the Main Event, with Day 1s ending after the completion of Level 10, the curtain coming down on Day 2 after Level 20, and Day 3 lasting as long as it takes to crown the worthy champion.

Jonathan McCann is the reigning GUKPT London Main Event champion, having outlasted 458 opponents in January 2023. McCann padded his bankroll with a career-best 89,600, and went on to enjoy his best year at the live poker tables.

The first GUKPT Main Event of 2024 aside, there are some other eagerly anticipated tournaments on the bustling schedule. A 440 No-Limit Hold'em Super Mystery Bounty kicks off the festival, while events such as the 340 No-Limit Hold'em Mini Main Event, 2,000 No-Limit High Roller, and a 550 Pot-Limit Omaha 4/5/6 card are sure to capture players' imaginations.

2024 GUKPT London Schedule

DateTimeEvent
Wed 3 Jan7:00 p.m.90 Super Mystery Bounty and Mini Main Event Satellite
Thu 4 Jan6:00 p.m.440 NLHE Super Mystery Bounty Day 1A
9:00 p.m.90 Super Mystery Bounty and Mini Main Event Satellite
Fri 5 Jan6:00 p.m.440 NLHE Super Mystery Bounty Day 1B
9:00 p.m.90 Super Mystery Bounty and Mini Main Event Satellite
Sat 6 Jan2:00 p.m.National Poker League Play Off
4:00 p.m.440 NLHE Super Mystery Bounty Day 1C
9:00 p.m.440 NLHE Super Mystery Bounty Day 1D Turbo
Sun 7 Jan1:00 p.m.440 NLHE Super Mystery Bounty Day 2
3:00 p.m.340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1A
6:00 p.m.550 PLO 4/5/6 Card
9:00 p.m.140 Main Event Cashout Satellite
Mon 8 Jan3:00 p.m.340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1B
8:00 p.m.220 High Roller Cashout Satellite
Tue 9 Jan12:00 p.m.340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1C Turbo
4:30 p.m.340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 2
7:00 p.m.330 PLO 4-card
9:00 p.m.220 High Roller Cashout Satellite
Wed 10 Jan12:00 p.m.220 High Roller Cashout Satellite
3:00 p.m.2,000 NLHE High Roller Day 1
4:00 p.m.200 NLHE Turbo
5:00 p.m.Mini Main Event Day 3
9:00 p.m.140 Main Event Cashout Satellite
Thu 11 Jan12:00 p.m.1,250 NLHE GUKPT Main Event Day 1A
12:30 p.m.2,000 NLHE High Roller Day 2
2:00 p.m.140 Main Event Cash Out Satellite Turbo
9:00 p.m.140 Main Event Cashout Satellite Turbo
Fri 12 Jan12:00 p.m.1,250NLHE GUKPT Main Event Day 1B
6:00 p.m.140 Main Event Cashout Satellite Turbo
9:00 p.m.1,250 NLHE GUKPT Main Event Day 1C Turbo
Sat 13 Jan12:00 p.m.1,250 NLHE GUKPT Main Event Day 2
2:30 p.m.550 NLHE GUKPT Cup Day 1
6:00 p.m.440 PLO Super Mystery Bounty Day 1
Sun 14 Jan12:00 p.m.NLHE GUKPT Main Event Day 3
12:30 p.m.550 NLHE GUKPT Cup Day 2
1:00 p.m.200 NLHE Seniors Event
2:00 p.m.180 NLHE Closer Bounty
3:00 p.m.440 PLO Super Mystery Bounty Day 2

National Poker League Winners Will Be In Attendance

Calogero Morreale is one player guaranteed to show up for the 1,250 GUKPT London Main Event, and someone who will likely play all the side events, too. Morreale finished top of the National Poker League in 2023 after amassing 645.27 points, over 144 points more than Robbie Bull in second place.

Morreale cashed in two side events at the 2023 GUKPT London stop before finishing as runner-up to the aforementioned Jonathan McCann and collecting 65,950. The Italian followed his bridesmaid finish with an outright victory in the GUKPT Manchester Main Event worth 106,700.

Other impressive results included winning the 340 Mini UK Open in Coventry for 58,480, a runner-up finish worth 15,250 in the 550 GUKPT Cup in Edinburgh, and third place for 19,830 in the GUKT Blackpool High Roller.

Amazingly, Morreale finished third in the National Poker League in 2023, earning himself a 20,000 Diamond Package. His incredible resulted throughout 2023 mean he is part of the Team Grosvenor stable throughout 2024, and he heads into the New Year with a 40,000 sponsorship package.

National Poker League 2023 Final Leaderboard

RankPlayerPointsPrize
1Calogero Morreale645.2740,000 sponsorship package
2Robbie Bull501.0920,000 Diamond Package
3Lin Chen480.3020,000 Diamond Package
4Robert Douras458.2015,000 Diamond Package
5Arian Hassankashani423.5515,000 Diamond Package
6Brandon Sheils422.4810,000 Diamond Package
7James Williams325.5510,000 Diamond Package
8Min Ji321.6710,000 Diamond Package
9John Bousfield313.0010,000 Diamond Package
10Christopher Johnson294.5110,000 Diamond Package
11Matt Davenport282.2410,000 Diamond Package
12Callum Gordon277.4910,000 Diamond Package
13Navdeep Singh Chopra277.0310,000 Diamond Package
14R.S.259.2310,000 Diamond Package
15Michael Howard257.0710,000 Diamond Package
16Alex Montgomery252.1510,000 Diamond Package
17Longmao Fan240.5310,000 Diamond Package
18Tim Chung230.7910,000 Diamond Package
19Hang Xu229.2010,000 Diamond Package

Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the 2024 GUKPT London festival and, indeed, during the entire season, as we bring you the busy schedules, biggest results, and all the news from the United Kingdom's longest-running tour.

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