Colin Gillon Crowned 2021 GUKPT Luton 30/30 Champion
Colin Gillion secured the second-largest live score of his career when he took down the 2021 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton 30/30 event. Gillon, who won the 2018 Irish Poker Masters for €175,000, took home £45,445 after outlasting 487 opponents in this £360 buy-in tournament.
GUKPT Luton 30/30 Final Table Results
The top 47 finishers shared the £175,860 prize pool, and plenty of GUKPT regulars were among those in-the-money players. Usman Siddique, David Lloyd, John Bousfield, Chris Johnson, Ben Winsor, and Danny Strange padded their bankrolls with this event.
Sunil Mistri was the first casualty of the nine-handed final table; ninth place came with a £2,585 payout. Robert Garfield, Valentin Ghioca, and Ishaq Ilaj followed Mistri to the cashier’s desk, the latter banking £5,335 for their efforts.
Fifth place and the last four-figure prize, £7,405, went to David Clarkson. The man known as "Clarkson7" in online poker circles, could not quite get the job done this time around.
Ronnie Robertson doubled his live tournament winnings with the £11,360 he collected for his fourth-place finish before France’s Cedric Raffi bowed out in third for £18,425. All of Raffi’s last three five-figures hauls have stemmed from tournaments held in Luton; watch out for him in the GUKPT Luton Main Event.
Heads-up pitted Gillon against Robert Douras in a battle for the lion’s share of the prize pool. Douras won the 30/30 Series in Walsall in July for £21,230 but had to make do with a bridesmaid finish in Luton, a finish that added £30,990 to his lifetime winnings.
Douras’ exit left Gillon as the last man standing, and the Scotsman scooped £45,445, which push his live poker tournament career earnings through the $550,000 mark.
Massive Luton Main Event Expected
The next major GUKPT Luton tournament is the £1,250 buy-in Main Event, which PokerNews believes could be the biggest Luton event of all-time. All the 2021 GUKPT Main Events have been extremely well attended, and everything points towards Luton following that trend.
Day 1A shuffles up and deals at 12:00 p.m. on October 14, with Day 1B commencing at the same time on October 15. Whoever is the last man or woman standing in the GUKPT Luton Main Event will join an impressive list of stellar players who have returned home having become the GUKPT Luton champion.