Dave Clark wins the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour: Luton

Dave Clark wins the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour: Luton 0001

The Luton leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour came round quickly after Newcastle stint and the trip down the M1 saw a significantly increased field of 315 turn up in their smart shoes (Luton is the only leg on the tour with a strict dresscode). The quality of players seemingly has increased for this leg too, with names such as Ram Vaswani, Surinder Sunar and Roland De Wolfe in attendance.

There was also a big influx of foreign talent at the newly refurbished G Casino, including Cardplayer Europe editor Rolf Slotbloom, EPT Dortmund Runner Up Cristiano Blanco and the final table was joined by Jan Magnus Brevik of Norway, the rest of which looked like:

Seat 1: Dave Clark — 378,000

Seat 2: Ian Herbert — 427,000

Seat 3: Jan Magnus Brevik — 195,000

Seat 4: Tony Ringe — 385,000

Seat 5: Alan Vinson — 595,000

Seat 6: Adam Stoneham — 351,000

Seat 7: Ben Turnstill — 167,000

Seat 8: Jonathan Butters — 97,000

Seat 9: Warren Wooldridge — 559,000

It would take 13 hours before we were down to three players fighting it out for the lions share of the prize fund, Warren Wooldridge held a commanding 2-1 chip lead over Dave Clark and Jonathan Butters (who was at his second GUKPT final table after coming 5th last month in Newcastle).

Butters was the next to fall when he got all his money in the middle of the felt with pocket jacks to Dave Clarks King-Queen. A queen on the turn sent Jonathan Butters out in 3rd with £34,000 and Clark now matched Wooldridge almost in chips.

In contrast to the previous GUKPT which was a short final with a mammoth heads up match, this was a long final with a short heads up match. After getting crippled holding top pair to Clarks pocket kings, Wooldridge attempted a huge bluff on a King-four-jack board holding Queen five but was called by Clark's Jack-nine. No help on later streets granted Clark the title, £107,000 and entry into the grand final at the Vic.

The next stop on the ever popular tour is in Plymouth in September, just before the WSOPE. The final table payouts were as follows:

1st: Dave Clark - £97,000 plus £10,000 added by Blue Square

2nd: Warren Wooldridge - £51,800

3rd: Jonathan Butters - £34,550

4th: Alan Vinson - £25,100

5th: Jan Magnus Brevik - £18,850

6th: Ian Herbert - £15,700

7th: Tony Ringe - £12,550

8th: Adam Stoneham - £9,400

9th: Ben Turnstill - £6,300

Ed Note: Bankroll your way to Plymouth by signing up to Sun Poker for a $1000 monthly bonus.

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