They say good or bad luck tends to come in threes, which certainly seems to translate over into poker for two of the UKs finest this month. Two of the better known players in the UK have had an amazing November thus far and both look strong favourites heading into the GUKPT Grand Final tomorrow.
Marc 'Mr Cool' Goodwin has had a pretty quiet 2007, but has gone on a bit of tear in the last 7 days. Last weekend he won the Midlands Masters in Walsall, taking over £23,000 in a pro laden field. Marc was joined by Mickey Wernick and Dave Colclough at the final table, and defeated his good friend Paul Jackson heads up for the title.
Then earlier this week he finished 2nd in the Pot Limit Omaha side event at the GUKPT in London. Now he looks to further prove his versatility as he has made it to the finale of the GUKPT heads up competition against Kevin O'Leary, which resumes today.
Another player who capped off a brilliant run of form this week is UK cash supremo Neil 'Bad Beat' Channing. Although never really noted for his tournament prowess, Channing had a good run in the WSOP main event this year which has clearly transferred into this fantastic run of form. Channing has now made three big final tables in a row.
It started earlier this month when he placed 8th in the GBPT Grand Final in Bristol, which was eventually won by Joe Beevers of the Hendon Mob. Then just a week later he found himself at yet another final table, the GUKPT Blackpool event for which he placed 5th.
He finally broke his tournament duck earlier this week when he won the £1000 side event opener for the GUKPT Main Event. He took down £35,000 and had to defeat another man in fine form heads up, GUKPT and EPT Champion Julian Thew.
Between them, Goodwin and Channing have won at least £100,000 in tournament winnings in November alone. Both men look a good bet in the GUKPT Grand Final which starts tomorrow. Channing is currently at 130/1 and Goodwin has come right down to 80/1 on Betfair.