2022 GUKPT Grand Final Festival Shuffles Up and Deals From December 1

2022 GUKPT Grand Final

The Poker Room at the famous Victoria Casino in London is the venue for the 2022 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final. The festival marks the end of the 16th GUKPT season, and the bustling schedule is the perfect way to bring down the curtain on what has been an incredible season for the GUKPT.

COVID-19 put the brakes on the 2020 edition of the GUKPT Grand Final, but it returned with a bang in 2021. Some 607 players bought into the £2,000 buy-in event, and Trung Moc outlasted them all. His reward? An impressive £265,350. PokerNews expects a similar set of numbers this time around, not least because attendances for the other GUKPT stops have gone through the roof.

Timothy Chung wins GUKPT London Main Event
Timothy Chung already has a victory at The Vic this year

The 2022 GUKPT Grand Final kicks off on December 1 with the £1,250 buy-in GUKPT Main Event. When the GUKPT ran this tournament during the opening leg of the 2022 tour, Timothy Chung came out on top of a 702-strong field, and walked away with a career-best £185,560 payout.

There is plenty of poker action from December 1-18, including a £340 buy-in Mini Main Event, a £2,500 High Roller, and a £900 Mystery Bounty. However, it is the GUKPT Grand Final itself that every grinder has their eye out.

Costing £2,000 to enter, unless you win your way via the many live satellites or online satellites at Grosvenor Poker, the GUKPT Grand Final features a trio of starting flights, with Day 1C featuring a turbo blind structure. The first of those flights is on December 15, with the champion crowned on December 18.

2022 GUKPT Grand Final Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Thu 1 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 1A£1,250
Fri 2 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 1B£1,250
 9:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 1C Turbo£1,250
Sat 3 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 2 
 2:00 p.m.GUKPT Cup£550
Sun 4 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 3 
 12:30 p.m.GUKPT Cup Day 2 
 3:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Event Day 1A£340
Mon 5 Dec3:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Event Day 1B£340
Thu 5 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Event Day 1C Turbo£340
 4:30 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Event Day 2 
Wed 7 Dec2:00 p.m.High Roller Day 1£2,500
 4:00 p.m.Four Card PLO£250
 5:00 p.m.GUKPT Mini Main Event Day 3 
Thu 8 Dec12:00 p.m.High Roller Day 2 
 2:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1A£900
 8:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1B Turbo£900
Fri 9 Dec2:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1C£900
 8:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1D Turbo£900
Sat 10 Dec2:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1E£900
 8:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 1F Turbo£900
Sun 11 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Mystery Bounty Day 2 
 3:00 p.m.The Hundred £100K Gtd Day 1A£340
Mon 12 Dec3:00 p.m.The Hundred £100K Gtd Day 1B£340
Tue 13 Dec12:00 p.m.The Hundred £100K Gtd Day 1C Turbo£340
 4:30 p.m.The Hundred £100K Gtd Day 2 
Wed 14 Dec1:00 p.m.High Roller PLO 4/5/6 Day 1£1,000
 5:00 p.m.£300 One Dayer£300
Thu 15 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Grand Final Day 1A£2,000
 3:00 p.m.High Roller pLO 4/5/6 Day 2 
Fri 16 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Grand Final Day 1B£2,000
 9:00 p.m.GUKPT Grand Final Day 1C Turbo£2,000
Sat 17 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Grand Final Day 2 
 2:00 p.m.PLO Bounty 4/5/6£550
Sun 18 Dec12:00 p.m.GUKPT Grand Final Day 3 
 12:30 p.m.PLO Bounty 4/5/6 Day 2 
 1:00 p.m.Seniors£150
 4:00 p.m.Last Call Turbo£200

Former GUKPT Grand Final Champions

The list of past GUKPT Grand Final champions reads like a who's who of British poker. Such luminaries as Paul Foltyn, former soccer star Tony Cascarino, Sam Grafton, Kevin Allen, and a certain Charlie Carrel have all become this tournament's champion.

Ben Winsor is the only play to capture the GUKPT Grand Final title twice. Winsor won during season nine and banked £178,600 and was the champion on season 13, a result that came with £188,610.

Trung Moc won last year, and received the largest-ever GUKPT Grand Final prize. Moc was one of 607 entrants who fought it out for a slice of the £1,092,600 prize pool. The huge pot meant the top three finishers scooped six-figure prizes. Jack Hardcastle won £110,300 for his third-place finish before Moc resigned Yucel "Mad Turk" Eminoglu to a £183,650 consolation prize. Moc headed home with £265,350 to show for his efforts.

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
1£1,050433£433,000Leo Kam£119,590
2£3,150184£552,000Paul Foltyn£167,050
3£3,150183£549,000Tony Cascarino£168,800
4£2,625207£517,500Luong-Huu Bui£144,905
5£2,625195£487,500Fabian Quoss£119,996
6£2,625137£342,500Sam Grafton£102,700
7£2,125294£587,300Kevin Allen£158,700
8£2,125212£424,000Charlie Carrel£108,625
9£2,125321£642,000Ben Winsor£178,600
10£2,125276£552,000Marc Wright£132,382
11£2,125304£607,400Ahmed Abdella£89,000
12£2,140325£650,000Jerome L'Hostis£140,445
13£2,650273£668,850Ben Winsor£188,610
14     
15£2,000607£1,092,600Trung Moc£265,350

2023 GUKPT Schedule Released

There is little time for rest after the 2022 GUKPT Grand Final because the 2023 season, the 17th of the long-running tour, takes place from January 12. The 2023 season features nine stops, most with a £1,250 buy-in Main Event, and the ever-popular Grand Final.

Of course, there will also be the eagerly anticipated Goliath series (dates to be confirmed) and a new addition to the schedule, The UK Poker Open in Coventry from February 25 through March 5. The UK Poker Open is a £1,500 buy-in affair with a £1 million guaranteed prize pool, and sure to attract some of the biggest names in the business.

LegVenueDatesMain Event Buy-in
1The Vic, LondonJanuary 12-22£1,250
2BNR ManchesterFebruary 2-12£1,250
3BlackpoolMarch 16-26£1,250
4EdinburghMay 4-14£1,000
5LutonMay 25 - June 4£1,250
6The Vic, LondonAugust 17-27£1,250
7LutonSeptember 14-24£1,250
8LeedsOctober 5-15£1,000
9BlackpoolNovember 9-19£1,250
Grand FinalThe Vic, LondonNovember 30 - December 17£2,000
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