2018 GUKPT Goliath Keeping Pace with WSOP Main Event Massiveness

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath is set to get underway at the end of July and this year those involved will be hoping for another world record.

GUKT Goliath 2017

Can this year’s GUKPT Goliath top the scenes captured during the 2017 tournament in Coventry, England? (Image: GUKPT)

Kicking off on July 26 inside Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, the festival as a whole will feature a selection of cash games and small stakes events, including the £225 ($300) National 50/50 event.

While the side events will give the masses some alternatives to contemplate, the £100,000 ($132,500) Goliath will be the main draw.

Ever-Growing Giant

Consisting of seven starting flights that start on July 28, the $165 tournament will be aiming to become one of the largest live events in history.

When it first Goliath ran in 2011, 1,765 took to the felt. Just four years later, the total number of entries collected topped 4,210. After breaking guarantees and attendance records, the event reached new heights in 2017 when it attracted 4,022 unique players and 2,363 rebuys.

With a total of 6,385 entries collected, the GUKPT Goliath not only gave away $847,151 but became the biggest live poker tournament held outside of Las Vegas.

On that occasion in 2017, England’s Elliot Marais saw off Tai Hoang in the final hand with Q♦J♠ to clinch the title, $113,715 and the honor of winning a record-breaking tournament. This time around, hopes of another packed house will be high following the latest news from the WSOP in Las Vegas.

WSOP Success Puts Industry on High

The 2018 WSOP Main Event seated 7,874 players. That total was up 9 percent on the previous year and the second highest attendance figure in Main Event history.

Although that latest figure is almost 1,000 shy of the tournament’s 2006 turnout, the industry has endured a number of legal struggles both in the US and Europe since that time.

However, with the WSOP often acting as a barometer for the state of the poker economy, the latest news will be seen as a positive for brands in the US and beyond.

Although the demographics for the GUKPT Goliath and WSOP Main Event are different, the indicators suggest the live poker is a healthy state. With that being the case, the former could be set to break another record when it plays out this summer.

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