Grosvenor on the hunt for their own David to take on this year’s Goliath!

Grosvenor Casinos launches Dave & Goliath today, a nationwide hunt to find 12 real life Davids to take on the challenge of the 2015 Goliath; the biggest Poker tournament in Europe.

The only requirement? Participants must have a version of Dave in their name. So if you are called Dave Jackson, Sally Davidson, Dafydd James or Helen Davidtz, you could win a spot in Dave & Goliath and a chance at Goliath’s record-breaking prize pot of £250,000.

The 12 contestants will not face Goliath unprepared; they will go through intense face-to-face training at Goliath Boot Camp from three of Grosvenor Casinos’ top poker professionals, Joe Beevers, Jeff Kimber and Ellie Biessek. Joe, Jeff and Ellie will impart their expert knowledge to each participant so they go into the tournament with an arsenal of poker strategies and skills. Open to complete beginners and passionate amateurs with between 0 – 2 years of poker-playing experience, Dave & Goliath offers an unforgettable opportunity to not only learn and perfect your skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals, but the chance to win thousands of pounds at Europe’s largest poker tournament.

Taking place from Saturday August 8 – Sunday August 16 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Grosvenor Casinos Goliath offers players eight days of poker bliss. However, for the 12 Davids, beating Goliath will be no easy feat as in 2014 there were an impressive 3,400 entrants competing for a share of the prize.  21-year-old Ryan Foster from Devon showed how it was done as he walked away last year with the lion’s share of the prize pool – £62,120, despite being a complete novice at the game.

Ellie Biessek, a Grosvenor Casinos pro, said: ‘Each year the Goliath Poker tournament goes from strength to strength and we expect this year to be the biggest yet! It is really exciting for Joe, Jeff and I to be able to pass on our knowledge of the game from years of playing to the 12 Davids who will be taking on the challenge of Goliath. With our training and the right strategy we hope our Davids will not only learn a lot about poker, but will be able to take home a share of the prize pot at the tournament itself.’

To enter the Grosvenor Casinos Goliath competition, your name has to incorporate a variation on David, whether in the first, middle or last name. After filling in the entry form here before June 26, you will then be posted a poker chip to let you know if you’ve been successful: a plain poker chip for those who didn’t make it and a lucky golden poker chip for the 12 winners who have been selected to take on the challenge of Goliath!

Further details on how to apply, as well as the competition terms and conditions, can be found by clicking here.

Find the strategy needed to win the Goliath by reading a free copy of Poker Player magazine HERE

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