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Luke Wensley Wins GUKPT Coventry Mini Main Event (£42,930)

Luke Wensley

Coventry is usually the home of the massive Goliath tournament, but a proper GUKPT stop is currently in the Midlands, and everything points towards it being another superb stop.

The GUKPT Coventry Main Event has traditionally struggled to put up big numbers, but something feels different about this season's edition. GUKPT is enjoying something of a renaissance with 804 players turning out for the £1,250 GUKPT London Main Event, and another 472 grinders hitting the tables in the GUKPT Manchester Main Event.

Signs of a big turn out of the £750 GUKPT Coventry Main Event are positive when you look at the attendance of the £220 Mini Main Event. Some 785 players bought into it and created a £172,700 prize pool! That sum is larger than any of the three previous GUKPT Coventry Main Events that had a £1,070 buy-in!

Luke Wensley, a local grinder who finished seventh in the 2016 Goliath for £10,450, took down the £220 GUKPT Coventry Mini Main Event and banked an impressive £42,930. Wensley defeated Matthew Bushell who finished sixth in the 2021 Goliath Online event earlier this week, heads-up for the title and the lion's share of the prize pool.

Other Grosvenor Poker regulars who cashed in this event included John Bousfield (5th - £6,770), Christopher Johnson (6th - £4,320), both of whom have done their chances of National Poker League glory no harm at all.

1Luke Wensley£42,930
2Matthew Bushell£29,790
3Jay Harwood£17,440
4Matthew Cartwright£10,660
5John Bousfield£6,770
6Christopher Johnson£4,230
7Elliot Marais£3,050
8Andrew Bailess£2,360
9James Bostock£2,040

2021 GUKPT Coventry Schedule

The 2021 GUKPT Coventry Main Event has two standard Day 1s and a turbo-charged Day 1C. Day 1A kicks off at noon on September 2 and has satellites feeding into it at the casino and online at Grosvenor Poker.

Wed 1 Sep6:00 p.m.£200 Omaha 4/5/6
 8:00 p.m.£80 GUKPT Main Event Sat - 5 Seats GTD
Thu 2 Sep12:00 p.m.£750 GUKPT Main Event Day 1A
 8:00 p.m.£80 GUKPT Main Event Sat - 5 Seats GTD
Fri 3 Sep12:00 p.m.£750 GUKPT Main Event Day 1B
 12:00 p.m.£750 GUKPT Main Event Day 1C Turbo
Sat 4 Sep12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 2
 6:00 p.m.£170 GUKPT Bounty
Sun 512:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 3
 2:00 p.m.£150 Seniors
 4:00 p.m.£200 Sunday Last Call

Past GUKPT Coventry Championship

The GUKPT first ran a Main Event in Coventry during Season 4, and Stuart Rutter was the inaugural GUKPT Coventry champion. Julian Thew won the following year, with Martyn Frey crowned the Main Event champion in Season 6.

Frey is the reigning GUKPT Coventry champion despite the tour being in its 15th season. That is because the Goliath took over as the Coventry step from Season 7 onwards.

SeasonBuy-inEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
4£1,070142£142,000Stuart Rutter£41,910
5£1,070145£145,000Julian Thew£42,740
6£1,070122£122,000Martyn Frey£36,610

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