Vikrum Mehta Victorious in the GUKPT Luton Main Event
Vikrum Mehta is the latest player to be crowned a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) champion after he triumphed over 306 opponents to get his hands on the £85,390 top prize of the 2019 GUKPT Luton Main Event.
2019 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table
Day 3 started with 15 players in the hunt for the winner’s trophy, but they soon became 14 with the elimination of Lee French. Vince Meli, Kevin Charlambous, Antoine Labat, Dean Clay, and the in-form Paul Siddle joined French on the rail, Siddle busting in 10th place and setting the nine-handed final table.
Sebastian Jung’s run came to an end in ninth place when his ace-king lost to the ace-jack of Andrew “Statto_1” Hulme courtesy of the latter flopping two pair. Jung was joined by Hasan Gul whose last nine big blinds went into the middle with ace-nine and lost to the dominating ace-king in the hand of Tom Hall.
Tim Chung was next to fall, his seventh-place exit locking up £8,430 and the last four-figure prize of the tournament. Chung’s demise was completed when committed his last 13 big blinds with king-jack only to run straight into the aces of Hulme.
Everyone guaranteed a five-figure prize
Six became five with the elimination of Phil Corion at the hands of Chris Yong before Yong himself busted. Yong was all in for 19 big blinds with king-jack and needed some help from the board as Mehta called him with pocket queens. No help arrived and Yong headed to the cashier’s desk to collect £14,740.
Hulme sent Hall to the rail in fourth place when his queens held against Hall's jacks. He then found himself heads-up for the title when he sent Sachin Joshi home in third.
It was a superb comeback for Hulme who started both the final day and the final table as the shortest stack. A victory would have been the icing on the cake for the online grinder, but it was not meant to be. The board read ace-ten-deuce-nine-deuce and 900,000 chips were in the pot. Mehta moved all in and Hulme called off his 750,000 stack. Mehta showed ace-jack and Hulme could only muster king-jack.
This left Mehta as the last man standing and he became the recipient of £83,590, by far his largest tournament score to date.
Next up is the final leg of the regular season and the penultimate of the 2019 tour. Blackpool is the town the GUKPT stops off in for Leg 8 and it will be huge as the seaside stop is one of the most popular on the GUKPT. The GUKPT Blackpool Main Event runs November 7-10th, costs £1,110 to enter and has £200,000 guaranteed.