You don’t have look very far at all to see that poker tournaments are constantly diversifying into worldwide markets. Whether it’s for the world poker players to get a sample of how much fun is had over in Europe or so that the tours build a world-renowned brand, you only have to look at our party SIN-dex to see how much fun is had. Inevitably there’s always going to be a fall guy – or tournament in this case.
Being the centre of the iGaming universe, London is one city that’s experiencing a spike in live poker tournaments, and you only have to look back at September when the WSOPE, WPT, and EPT all arrived in quick succession. This has meant bad news for one poker brand that has been around for many years over in the UK.
Grosvenor Casinos organizes the GUKPT each year, but as of 2011 they’ve jigged around with the dates, to mean that some stops on the tour have now been excluded altogether.
According to a Card Player Europe article, the main event tour is now scaled back to seven events, the stops in Brighton and Bolton dropped from the tour, and the earlier plans for a stop in Dublin completely shelved.
The summer series has also completely changed its line-up and gone from 10 to six events, Blackpool, Thanet, Luton, Aberdeen, Walsall, Newcastle, London, and Manchester dropped, with Brighton, Bolton, Plymouth and Southampton being added.
The series will still culminate in the grand final in London.