Europe’s biggest live poker tournament is set to be held in Coventry for a tenth time later this month.
Goliath X is expected to attract more than 10,000 competitors over the course of two weeks when it is held at the Grosvenor Casino at Coventry Building Society Arena.
The 10-day event is the largest live poker tournament outside of Las Vegas and will see players compete for a total estimated prize pool of £1 million.
Goliath launched in 2011 but was last held in-person in 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Since launching, it has continued to grow every single year and for a lot of poker players it’s their ‘World Series of Poker’ in the UK.
The event is open to all and is a fun and friendly poker tournament suitable for players of all levels, with a buy-in of £150.
The Goliath Main Event includes seven days of qualifying rounds from Saturday August, 27 to Friday, September 2 with the players who remain from each of those days returning for the Day 2 on Saturday, September 3.
After another full day of poker, the field will be whittled down to around 50 players who return for the final day on Sunday, September 4 – with the substantial cash prizes up for grabs.
Reigning champion Lee Reynolds came away with the Goliath Trophy in 2019 after topping a 9,300 strong field and banked a cool £64,601. The prize pot and competitor numbers have soared since the inaugural Goliath in 2011, when Lee Rawson outlasted 1,764 opponents and won £32,705.
Ahead of the tournament, daily online qualifiers have been taking place, offering the chance to compete in the tournament for as little as £1.
Igor Zydek, General Manager at Grosvenor Casino Coventry, said: “Goliath is a one-of-a-kind festival of poker here in the UK and its as big as it gets in the world of poker.
“We’re incredibly proud of how the event has grown over the years. It improves in popularity every year and to have Europe’s largest live poker tournament here in Coventry is a huge achievement.
“Following the online satellite qualifications, we’re expecting more than 1,000 people to join us in-person to compete on each of the first eight qualification days.
“The tournament attracts players from all over the UK and Europe, but in our 10th year, wouldn’t it be brilliant if we could celebrate a hometown Coventry winner!”
Paul Michael, Commercial Director at Coventry Building Society Arena, added: “We’ve enjoyed a stellar year of major national and international events at Coventry Building Society Arena and Goliath has been a staple in our calendar for the last decade.
“The casino provides great diversity to our entertainment offer. Our location means the Grosvenor Casino is perfectly positioned to host an event of this magnitude, we’re in the heart of the UK and people will be travelling for all over the country to compete.”
The tournament is open to anyone aged over 18. To find out more about more about the Goliath 10th Anniversary tournament visit https://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/poker/goliath