The second GUKPT Luton of the year gets underway at the Grosvenor Casino on Thursday with a packed schedule of tournaments planned for the ten-day festival.
As well as the flagship £1,250 GUKPT Main Event and £250 Mini Main tournament, other highlights include the £250 Mini Main tournament, a £2k High Roller, a £150 Seniors tournament and numerous satellites.
The schedule also features another Mystery Bounty tournament – a format which is providing extremely popular with GUKPT players since it was introduced at Goliath this summer. The buy-in is £200 + £200 + £40 event – with £200 of that going towards the bounties.
This is the ninth leg of GUKPT Season 16 and is taking place from October 6 to October 16 at the Grosvenor Casino Luton. In addition to the 15 live tournaments, the final “The Closer” tournament will take place online at Grosvenor Poker at the end of the festival.
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The £1,250 buy-in GUKPT Luton Main Event kicks off on Thursday, October 13 with the first of three starting flights – including a useful Day 1c turbo. Three entries are allowed per flight and all players will receive a 20,000 starting stack; late registration is open until the start of Day 2.
Grosvenor Ambassador Katie Swift said: “I can’t wait for Luton as I’ll be playing my very first Mystery Bounty there at the weekend! I’ll be in Luton for the whole festival and I’m definitely hoping to have better luck than I experienced in Leeds last week!”
GUKPT Leeds round-up
The last GUKPT took place in Leeds with Chris Johnson taking down the Main Event for a best ever live cash of £73,070. Johnson, who defeated a 430-entry field en route to victory, has had a stellar year at GUKPT events with a total of seven cashes including winning the Mini Main at GUKPT Reading in July.
Matt Davenport finished seventh for £8,540 and now tops the Grosvenor National Poker League where a £40k Sponsorship Package and Grosvenor Casinos Player of the Year trophy beckons for the winner. Jack Hardcastle was vying to defend his 2021 GUKPT Leeds champion’s title but failed to make the final table and finished 11th for £5,200. A total of 44 players took a share of the £387,000 prize pool with a min-cash worth £2,040.
GUKPT Luton history
GUKPT Luton is always a hugely popular stop – and a destination that’s been on the GUKPT calendar since the very start of the tour in 2007. This is the tour’s second trip to the town this year following a stop last May. Tom Hall took the honours that time for a first prize of £90,965. There were 341 entries generating a £375,100 prize pool.
Many other big names have enjoyed victory at previous editions of GUKPT Luton with a roll call of previous winners that includes the likes of Sam Trickett, Richard Gryko, Neil Channing, Charles Chattha, Jamie O’Connor, Adam Reynolds and John Eames. Driton Haxhiaj is the only player that has won twice – in both 2013 (for £42,750) and three years later in 2016 for £61,520.
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