Luton may not be the first place in the world you image if someone asks you to name a glamourous town or city, yet it is a town that continues to be fondly looked upon by the British poker community.
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has ran a Main Event in Luton during each of its eight seasons and will be nine-for-nine on Thursday 17 September when it stops off at the Grosvenor Casino Luton for the seventh Main Event of its 2015 tour.
In 2008, a time that the GUKPT was still in its infancy, a certain Sam Trickett outlasted a field of 376 in the Main Event to claim the £109,050 first place prize. Trickett’s impressive victory came less than a month after he finished fourth in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker for $245,927 and marked his arrival on the poker circuit; we all know how Trickett’s story has progressed.
Other GUKPT Luton Main Event winners include Richard Gryko (Season 3), the now Sky Poker ambassador, Neil Channing (Season 4), Charles Chattha (Season 5) and Leeds’ Jamie O’Connor (Season 6).
Last season, Adam Reynolds finished with all of the chips in play and left Luton with £53,500 after a heads-up deal with runner-up, Phil Corion.
Past winners of the GUKPT Luton Main Event
Recent GUKPT legs, including Leeds, Reading and Cardiff, have featured a £500+£50 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed Main Event, but the Luton leg sees the welcomed return of a £1,090 buy-in and a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Day 1a of the 2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event opens its doors at 1:00pm on Thursday 17 September and sees players sit down with 20,000 chips. Should they burn through them during late registration, one re-entry is permitted on the day.
Friday’s Day 1b will be by far the busiest day of the Main Event as Day 1a bustees can buy back in and take another bite at the £200,000 cherry.
UK & Ireland PokerNews has been informed that the Grosvenor Casino Luton is currently undergoing a facelift, making it a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for anyone competing there during the GUKPT festival. However, if you’re planning on driving to the venue, please be aware that parking spaces will be limited due to this and the sheer numbers of people expected to descend on the casino to play in the Main Event and the numerous side events, so please bear this in mind.
The GUKPT blogging team will provide live updates throughout the Main Event but make sure you head to UK & Ireland PokerNews every day during the GUKPT Luton Main Event for recaps of the previous day’s action.