GUKPT to host championship in December

Julian Thew
Julian Thew has a seat in the Champion of Champions. Have you got yours?

The Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour plans to host its Champion of Champions tournament at the G casino in Luton Dec. 4 this year. Originally planned as a two-day event, the tournament will now take place on just one day, and feature a £75,000 prize pool.

The tournament is a freeroll only open to players who won Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour events during the 2008 season. So far that's a pretty select field, as only 76 players have qualified for the event.

Twenty more places are still available though for players who win events at the two remaining festivals on the tour.

Leg 9 at Blackpool is already under way and will crown a main event champion on Sunday. The final chance for players to earn their way to the Champion of Champions event is at the Grand Final in London.

The Grand Final events run from Nov. 20 to Nov.30. The £3,000 buy-in main event will find a winner on Nov. 30.

The Champion of Champions tournament will be a unique event on the tour not only because of the limits on who's eligible to play, but also because of its structure.

The number of starting chips each player receives will depend on the buy-in of the event they won to qualify for the Champion of Champions. Players who won side events with a buy-in of up to £300 will receive 5,000 in chips to start with.

Players who won side events with a buy-in of more than £300 will start the Champion of Champions with 7,000 in chips.

The main event winners will have a bigger advantage, starting with 10,000 in chips. The winner of the £3,000 buy-in Grand final will get to start with 15,000 in chips.

There's good news for multiple winners as well. Those players who won more than one qualifying event during the season will start with the combined total of starting chips for the events they won, up to a maximum of 25,000 in chips per player.

Only a small handful of players have managed to earn multiple wins on the tour this season. They include Jeff Kimber, Dave Penly, Jerome Bradpiece, Derek Miller, Glenn Ashworth and Andy Andreou.

There are a couple other familiar names who will be in the Champion of Champions as well. Julian Thew was the first main event winner of the season, and Ian Frazer also picked up a win on Leg 6 of the tour.

One other twist to the GUKPT Champion of Champion event is that players will be asked to vote on two possible prize structures before the action gets started. The structure with the most votes will be used for the event.

For more information about the GUKPT and the list of qualifiers so far for the Champion of Champions, visit

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