After fantastic fun around the ground at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Manchester’s Old Trafford and Newcastle’s St. James’ Park, as well as online legs and the inaugural GPPT leg at Dusk Till Dawn, The Grand Prix Poker Tour has already become one of the UK’s hottest live poker events. With two events in April, there’s no excuse for not joining in and taking your shot at a big trophy, a live or online win that could be the biggest of your poker career to date, and playing in another classic British football stadium!
With a huge week of online and live Grand Prix Poker Tour action set to sweep across the poker world in April, we wanted to tell you all about the chance to get involved in the action as players from all around the country play live and all around the world shuffle up online.
With an exclusive online tournament and a massive $500,000 guarantee, the first stop is your own front room as the incredible value of $109-entry Online GPPT takes place on Sunday 3rd April. The cards are in the air at 5:00pm GMT (6:00pm CET) with that whopping half-million-dollars as a guaranteed prize-pool likely to attract huge numbers of online players from all levels. But you needn’t shell out the full $109 entry to take part. ‘Cent-rolls’ costing — obviously $0.01 to play — are running every twenty minutes on partypoker so why not try to emulate the previous online leg winners?
Germany’s Yanick “YTheSnail” Louis, who proved himself no slouch to take down his leg and Richard Robinson, who beat 528 others to claim the most recent online leg last night for over $11,600. Both Richard and Yanick bagged themselves not only a huge prize, but the trophy and their name and picture on flags which will be flying at Elland Road.
So, later that week, on April 9-10, the Grand Prix Poker Tour arrives at Elland Road, and the glamourous Centenary Pavilion as the GPPT rocks up in one of Britain’s most vibrant cities, Leeds. The seventh stop of the tour takes place at one of the country’s most famous and revered stadiums, Elland Road being the second-largest ground outside the Premier League and 12th largest ground in the UK. Home of the once-mighty Leeds United, the club now battle on a weekly basis to return to the Premier League and could still have an outside shot of making the play-off positions should they continue their recent run of form at the time of going to press.
Elland Road has a capacity of 39,460, and regularly fills it up with some of the most passionate, and loyal fans in football. The ground has also hosted FA Cup semi-final matches as a neutral venue, as well as England international fixtures during the period Wembley was being redesigned, in addition to being one of the Euro 96 venues that saw so much drama. The stadium has hosted rock concerts featuring legends such as Queen, U2 and Rod Stewart, and has statues of two of its most famous footballing legends outside the East and South-East part of the ground in Don Revie and Billy Bremner.
If you’re tempted to take some snaps of the famous old ground while you’re waiting to become our latest Grand Prix Poker Tour champion, you’ll be following in the footsteps of some very esteemed company, with several films having been made on location at Elland Road. The ground was used as a substitute for the old Wembley Stadium for scenes in the 2010 award-winning film The King’s Speech, as well as featuring in the classic BBC sitcom Porridge. We reckon ‘Fletch’ might have been quite a poker player himself!
Relegated at the end of the 2003/04 season, Leeds have been waiting over a decade to get back into the big time, but the magic is still very much in place. You can win a trophy yourself at the famous football stadium simply by playing poker for two day and having the time of your life. Now that’s a goal thousands of football fans and poker players everywhere can share!