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£200K Guaranteed GUKPT Luton Main Event Starts Oct. 12

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  • The 2017 GUKPT Luton Main Event costs £1,100 to enter and has a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The eighth leg of the 2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour takes place at the Grosvenor Casino in Luton and sees a £200,000 guaranteed Main Event run from Oct. 12-15.

GUKPT Luton has been a mainstay on the tour since the first season in 2007. Back then, the £1,000 buy-in Main Event attracted a field of 314 players who were all outlasted by Dave Clark, a result that netted Clark £107,300, which is still the second-largest first-place prize awarded at a GUKPT Luton Main Event.

The largest top prize was awarded the following year to a then relatively unknown Sam Trickett. Now a global superstar, Trickett topped a field of 376 players to win £109,050, a sum that remained Trickett’s largest live tournament cash until his runner-up finish in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the 2010 WSOP that netted him $505,725.

Several established players have won the GUKPT Luton Main Event over the years, including Richard Gryko, Neil Channing, Charles Chattha and Jamie O’Connor. Last year, Driton Haxhiaj (pictured above) won what was his second Main Event title having emerged victorious in the Season 7 edition three years ago.

Past winners of the GUKPT Luton Main Event

SeasonEntrantsPrize poolWinnerPrize
1314£314,000Dave Clark£107,300
2376£376,000Sam Trickett£109,050
3304£304,000Richard Gryko£88,850
4229£229,000Neil Channing£64,050
5212£212,000Charles Chattha£59,360
6155£155,000Jamie O’Connor£45,760
7262£262,000Driton Haxhiak£42,750
8219£219,000Adam Reynolds£53,500
9226£226,000William Davies£65,550
10239£240,000Driton Haxhiaj£61,250

2017 GUKPT Luton Schedule

The festival kicked off with a £220 Mini Main Event, which had a £20,000 guaranteed prize pool. Local player Timotheou “Tim Tim” Timotheos was crowned its champion after a five-way chop and he added £9,552 to his lifetime live tournament winnings of $267,678.

In addition to the £1,100 Main Event, players in Luton can get involved in a £165 no-limit hold’em bounty tournament, a £165 Win the Button event, a £110 side event and a £165 pot-limit Omaha 4/5/6 competition.

Thu 12 Oct1:00 p.m.£1,100 GUKPT Main Event Day 1a
 4:00 p.m.£36 turbo satellite to Main Event
 6:00 p.m.£165 pot-limit Omaha 4/5/6
Fri 13 Oct1:00 p.m.£1,100 GUKPT Main Event Day 1b
 9:00 p.m.£165 no-limit hold’em bounty
Sat 14 Oct1:00 p.m.Main Event Day 2
 6:00 p.m.£165 no-limit hold’em Win the Button
Sun 15 Oct12:00 p.m.Main Event final day
 4:00 p.m.£110 no-limit hold’em

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