Docherty Defeats Nitsche To Become GUKPT Luton Champion
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Scotland’s David Docherty joined a long list of GUKPT Luton Main Event champions when he took down the 2021 edition on October 17. Docherty navigated his way through a star-studded field of 513, and defeated four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche heads-up, to get his hands on a £138,000 payout.
2021 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
The top 48 finishers shared the bumper £564,300 prize pool. Former GUKPT Luton champion Jamie O’Connor was one of the first in-the-money players to bust, falling in 46th for £2,540. Andrew Hulme (44th - £2,540), Endrit Geci (39th - £2,650), Maz Bako (31st - £2,820), two-time GUKPT Luton winner Driton Haxhiaj (22nd - £4,150), and Team Grosvenor’s Rick Trigg (16th - £4,700) all saw a return on their £1,100 investment.
As did the in-form Jack Hardcastle (14th - £5,250), and Tom Hall (10th - £7,740), the latter’s elimination setting the final table.
David Crane, who finished third in this event in 2019, had to make do with a ninth-place finish this time around. Ninth place came with an £8,550 cash lump sum.
With Crane out of the way, the remaining players locked in at least a five-figure sum. Min Ji crashed out in eighth for £10,300 before Francis Obadun helped himself to the £13,550 seventh-place prize, which was his best-ever cash haul.
Daniel Stacey bowed out in sixth for a £1,320 addition to his bankroll before Lee French ran out of steam in fifth and had to make do with a £24,610 payday. Aria Sarkeshik banked £38,710 when he came unstuck in fourth.
Third-place and £60,700 went to Leon Campbell, who moves past $400,000 in live tournament winnings with this impressive result. This was Campbell’s career-best live tournament score, surpassing the £30,747 he was awarded for a final table appearance at the now-defunct Genting Poker Series Grand Final, won by Richard Milner in 2013.
Docherty found himself heads-up against Nitsche, a man with more than $18.6 million in live tournament winnings and another $7.5 million online. Docherty did not let this faze him. He pulled ahead and was way in front when the final hand took place.
Nitsche min-raised to 200,000 with , and Docherty called with . The flop fell , and Docherty check-raised a 200,000 continuation bet to 500,000. Nitsche called. The turn saw Docherty lead for 800,000, prompting Nitsche jam all-in for 1,900,000, which Docherty snap-called. Only a queen on the river could prevent a Docherty victory, and that did not happen because the landed. Nitsche’s latest deep run ended in second place for £100,000, leaving Docherty to receive a £138,000 prize and the title of 2021 GUKPT Luton champion.
Next Up: Blackpool
The penultimate leg of the 2021 GUKPT takes place in the seaside town of Blackpool from October 28. Blackpool is traditionally one of the busiest stops on the tour, so expect a potentially record-breaking attendance if the stop continues the trend of this incredible GUKPT season.