GUKPT Day 2 – Dean Swift The New Chip Leader

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Luton Main Event final table was set yesterday, as the field of 155 players that sat down at the start of the event was whittled right down to the final nine. The man who now leads that final table in the £1,070 buy-in event is Dean Swift.

The GUKPT is certainly one of the UK’s premium poker tours, which just seems to become more popular as each year passes by. While it has its regular players it is always attracting more and more newcomers to the game. Whilst this Main Event is obviously going to attract all of the attention, there were also a wide variety of side events throughout the week to suit anybody’s budget.

Swift will start the final table a little later with a total of 766k in chips which has him more than 300k ahead of his closest challenger Jamie O’Connor. Though Swift has been a regular player at GUKPT tournaments, he has generally had more success in the side events with his career best payout at just £9,050 for winning one of the side events at the GUKPT Grand Final back in 2010.

With regards to O’Connor, he is an online player in the main. Throughout his career he has amassed around $400k in payouts in online tournaments, whilst he is actually ranked in 50th place in the UK and in 485th worldwide. He has a lot of friends on the poker scene and is a well liked guy; “Lil” Dave Nicholson actually labeled him a hero on his very own Facebook page earlier on.

Though the two players we have spoken about are sure to be the favourites to land the title, there are still some other very accomplished players in that final nine. There is the highly vocal former chip leader Luke Schwartz, Mitch Johnson, Shaun Conning and Tim Blake. This final table on paper looks to actually be one of the toughest in recent GUKPT history.

The final table promises to bring us the same quality we have experienced throughout the event, whilst we still expect quite a few more surprises yet.

The Final Table:

1 Dean Swift 766,000

2 Jamie O’Connor 473,700

3 Andrew Hills 427,400

4 Tim Blake 367,700

5 Luke Schwartz 314,000

6 Mark Karoullas 241,800

7 Mitch Johnson 210,100

8 Shaun Conning 156,200

9 Tom Myland 135,800

Be sure to check back lateras we bring you exactly what went down between those final nine players. Can Swift make the most of his chip lead or will somebody make a late run for the title? We will all find all of that out soon enough.