Popular UK poker player, Chaz Chattha, produced a remarkable performance to come from last to first on the final day of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event in Luton. Having started play with just ten big blinds remaining, Chattha overcame a powerful table which included online pro Andrew Feldman and EPT winner Toby Lewis to claim his first GUKPT title and first prize of £59,360.
No Longer the “Nearly Man”
Victory in a GUKPT Main Event was no more than the experienced player deserved – having three times previously finished on the final table to add to two further Main Event cashes and six others in GUKPT side events. In fact, this was Chattha´s first major victory in an open tournament since the win which put him in the poker limelight – the Bellagio Cup in August 2006.
Shoving His Way to Victory
With no option other than to pursue a shove-or-fold strategy, Chattha came out the blocks running. By the time the first players started departing from the table, Chattha had collected valuable uncontested pots to put him in a more comfortable position. Two in quick succession put him right amongst the chip leaders – first with A♠ A♦ against Bertie Keegan´s K♣ Q♥ and then with A♠ Q♥ into Michael Huber´s A♦ 10♦.
Short-Handed and Final Table
As the table became short-handed, the chip lead flip-flopped between Chattha, Lewis and Feldman, with the online star making his own mini-comeback from a short-stacked 300,000 to 1.3 million. However he was stopped in his tracks by Chattha when he ran his Q♦ Q♥ into Chattha´s K♣ K♦ and was eliminated in third place. Taking a 2:1 chip advantage into the Heads-Up, Chattha allowed Toby Lewis to take down the first five hands without a flop, but on the seventh hand got Lewis all-in with A-10 against his own A-K and it was all over.
GUKPT Luton Final Day Positions
Place Player Prize
1st Charles Chattha £59,360
2nd Toby Lewis £40,280
3rd Andrew Feldman £25,970
4th Albert Keegan £15,370
5th Antonio German £11,660
6th Daniel Furnival £9,540
7th Michael Huber £7,420
8th Jonathan Weekes £5,830
9th Ergun Macit £4,240
10th George Hassabis £3,710
Looking Forward to the GUKPT Coventry
The next leg of the GUKPT schedule will be the GUKPT Coventry which will take place between 9th and 16th October. GUKPT qualifiers are now available (starting at freeroll level) at GCasino.com for the £1,070 buy-in event. However, starting in just a few days time is the GUKPT Goliath – also being hosted in Coventry – which has a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool for just a £120.00 buy-in. You can read up on the Goliath, get the side event schedule and details of the Goliath Team Challenge by clicking here.