January saw the start of a brand-new National Poker League where all players returned to 0 points and the race to a £40k sponsorship package is once again on.
The NPL Opener marked the launch of the 2023 league, of which two events were available to play online at Grosvenorpoker.com. The ladies rose to the top as Bixi Yao won the Main Event earning her an impressive £16,445 and Sarah Hobbs won the Mini Main pocketing £6,201 from just a £30 buy-in which she won via Katie Swift’s NPL Leaderboards.
Following a hotly contested opener, it was straight into Leg 1 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour at The Victoria Casino, London. During this event, Calogero Morreale marked his position at the top of the National Poker League leaderboard with two 2nd place finishes earning him an impressive £80,600.
Although, the most impressive story came from self-proclaimed amateur, Devan-Kumar Patel, who turned £140 into £98,800 after satelliting his way into the GUKPT London Main Event and finished 3rd place, making it his biggest live event cash to date.
During an interview with The Tower, Devan said: “I wasn’t even going to play this [Main Event].” The University student studying statistics then went on to say: “I haven’t really ever studied it [Poker], but I’m going to try and study it now. I’m just an amateur, I know people talk to me about ICM before this, but I don’t really understand how that works – I’ve got to look at all this stuff.”
After an action-packed start to January, it was followed by a number of 25/50, 25/25, and Deepstack tournaments, all guaranteeing prizepools ranging between £50,000 – £20,000 and all-important NPL points.
Upcoming NPL Events
- Upcoming NPL Events
- GUKPT Manchester BNR – £600K Est.: 2nd to 12th Feb
- 25/50 Walsall and Portsmouth – £50k GTD: 15th to 19th Feb
- 25/25 Blackpool and Newcastle – £25k GTD: 15th to 19th Feb
- Deepstack Dundee – £20k GTD: 15th to 19th Feb
- UK Poker Open – £1M GTD: 24th Feb to 5th March
National Poker League Satellites
Follow the footsteps of Devan and many others like him by winning your entry to all our National Poker League events by playing our online and live satellites.
Every Sunday, we have a special Live Event Package satellite worth £4,000. Win one of two guaranteed packages and get £3,500 National Poker League credit, plus £500 in expenses.