Dean Swift Leads As GUKPT Luton Main Event Reaches Final Table

Dean Swift

The final table of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event has been reached after the 155 players who started the £1,070 buy-in tournament were whittled down to just nine. The man who is in pole position going into the finale is Dean Swift.

Swift will start the nine-handed final table with a stack of 766,000 chips, almost 300,000 more than his nearest rival Jamie O’Connor. Swift is a regular on the GUKPT, though by the looks of his Hendon Mob page, he prefers and has more success in the side event; his largest score is for £9,050 which he picked up for winning a £300 buy-in event at the 2010 GUKPT Grand Final.

The aforementioned O’Connor is a predominately online player, one who has close to $400,000 in tournament cashes. O’Connor is currently ranked 50th in the United Kingdom and 485th in the world and is sure to be well supported by the likes of ‘Lil’ Dave Nicholson, who labelled O’Connor as a hero earlier today on his Facebook page.

Keeping Swift and O’Connor company are some very talented players indeed including the vocal Luke Schwartz and Shaun Conning, Tim Blake and Mitch Johnson – the final table looks like it could be one of the toughest ever assembled on the GUKPT.

Play kicks off at 14:00 and will continue until one of the “heroes” has won all of the chips in play and is crowned 2012 GUKPT Luton champion. Who will that be? Follow the live blog over on the GUKPT site but be sure to check back into these very pages tomorrow for a full recap of the action.

GUKPT Luton Final Table Chip Counts

1Dean Swift766,000
2Jamie O’Connor473,700
3Andrew Hills427,400
4Tim Blake367,700
5Luke Schwartz314,000
6Mark Karoullas241,800
7Mitch Johnson210,100
8Shaun Conning156,200
9Tom Myland135,800

Lead image courtesy of GUKPT.

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