2021 World Series of Poker

Luton Is Next Up On The Resurgent 2021 GUKPT

Vikrum Mehta: reigning GUKPT Luton champion

The Grosvenor G Casino, Luton is the venue for the latest stop on the 2021 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT). This season's tour, the first since COVID-19 curtailed the 2020 edition last February, has put up some mightily impressive figures. PokerNews expects that trend to continue in Luton.

Although Luton is not the most glamorous city in the United Kingdom, it is a hotbed for live poker. The GUKPT has visited the place made famous for producing hats since the tour's inception in 2007. Some of the UK's best poker talent have left Luton with the title of GUKPT champion over the years.

Season 2 saw a then relatively unknown Sam Trickett march on to victory. Tricket banked £109,050 that day, a result that was the catalyst for his illustrious career.

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Richard Gryko, Neil Channing, Charles Chattha, and Jamie "Boz" O'Connor are former GUKPT Luton champions. As are the likes of John Eames, and Neil McFayden. Amazingly, Driton Haxhaij has triumphed twice: once in Season 7 and again in Season 10.

Vikrum Mehta (lead image) is the reigning champion. Mehta outlasted 306 opponents in 2019 and turned his £1,110 investment into an impressive £83,590 after defeating Andrew "Stato_1" Hulme heads-up for the title.

PokerNews expect Mehta to be on the ground attempting to defend his title. He goes into the Main Event full of confidence having finished second in the recent £400 buy-in Grosvenor 30/30 Series for £22,900

Past winners of the GUKPT Luton Main Event

SeasonEntrantsPrize poolWinnerPrize
1314£314,000Dave Clark£107,300
2376£376,000Sam Trickett£109,050
3304£304,000Richard Gryko£88,850
4229£229,000Neil Channing£64,050
5212£212,000Charles Chattha£59,360
6155£155,000Jamie O’Connor£45,760
7262£262,000Driton Haxhiaj£42,750
8219£219,000Adam Reynolds£53,500
9226£226,000William Davies£65,550
10240£240,000Driton Haxhiaj£61,250
11239£239,000John Eames£68,350
12304£304,000Neil Mcfayden£58,326
13307£300,860Vikrum Mehta£83,590

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2021 GUKPT Luton Schedule

The 2021 GUKPT Luton festival kicks off online at Grosvenor Poker at 8:00 p.m. on October 6 with an online flight for the £400 buy-in 30/30. Flight A, B, and C of that event take place at the Grosvenor G Casino, Luton from October 7-9.

Expect a bumper crowd in the £250 Mini Main Event. These tournaments have proven popular on all the 2021 GUKPT stops thus far, and Luton will be no different.

The £1,250 buy-in GUKPT Luton Main Event shuffles up and deals for the first time at 12:00 p.m. on October 14. It crowns its champion on October 17.

Wed 6 Oct7:00 p.m.£75+£5 Main Event Satellite - 5 seats GTD
 8:00 p.m.£360+£40 30/30 Online Flight
Thu 7 Oct7:00 p.m.£360+£40 30/30 Flight 1A - £50K Gtd
Fri 8 Oct7:00 p.m.£360+£40 30/30 Flight 1B - £50K Gtd
Sat 9 Oct2:00 p.m.£360+£40 30/30 Flight 1C - £50K Gtd
 8:00 p.m.£360+£40 30/30 Flight 1D Turbo - £50K Gtd
 8:00 p.m.£220+£30 Mini Main Event Online Flight
Sun 10 Oct12:00 p.m.30/30 Day 2 - £50K Gtd
 5:00 p.m.£220+£30 Mini Main Event Day 1A
Mon 11 Oct3:00 p.m.£220+£30 Mini Main Event Day 1B
Tue 12 Oct12:00 p.m.£220+£30 Mini Main Event Day 1C Turbo
 4:30 p.m.Mini Main Event Day 2
Wed 13 Oct6:00 p.m.£180+£20 Pot Limit Omaha 4/5/6 cards
 7:00 p.m.£75+£5 Main Event Satellite - 5 seats GTD
Thu 14 Oct12:00 p.m.£1,100+£150 GUKPT Main Event Day 1A
 9:00 p.m.£125+£5 Main Event Satellite Shootout
Fri 15 Oct12:00 p.m.£1,100+£150 GUKPT Main Event Day 1B
 9:00 p.m.£1,100+£150 GUKPT Main Event Day 1C Turbo
Sat 16 Oct12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 2
 6:00 p.m.£100+£20 No Limit Hold'em Bounty (£50 bounties)
Sun 17 Oct12:00 p.m.GUKPT Main Event Day 3
 1:00 p.m.£130+£20 No Limit Hold'em Seniors
 4:00 p.m.£180+£20 No Limit Hold'em

Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the 2021 GUKPT Luton festival as we bring you regular updates from the biggest tournaments on the schedule.

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