Martin Silke wins GUKPT London, Norwegian Poker Championships hits the UK this Week + more

Martin Silke wins GUKPT London, Norwegian Poker Championships hits the UK this Week + more 0001

Martin Silke wins GUKPT London

Martin Silke from Ireland overcame one of the biggest and certainly one of the toughest GUKPT fields ever to clinch the GUKPT London title and £172,800. 389 players bought in for £1,500 event to create a staggering £597,000 prize pool in the four day tournament. The final table included multiple GUKPT winner Dave Colclough, a very drunk Andreas Hagen from Norway, Hit Squad member Charles Chattha (Brother of Sunny, who himself came 13th) who alongside Jamie Brown was at his second GUKPT Main Event Final. By contrast, third placed Sam Oatley was playing in only his second live tournament ever, his first was last week when he played a satellite tournament at the Victoria casino to secure his seat in the main event.

Silke, a publican in his day job, defeated Londoner Luke Trotman heads up in an hour long battle and in a post game interview already set his sights on the Irish Open next month, hoping to carry this form into the biggest event of the year for Irish Poker. In addition to one of the biggest single prizes ever awarded in a GUKPT event, he wins a much coveted seat in the Champion of Champions event at the end of the year.

A lot of UK players made very good accounts of themselves last week at the Vic, Sunny Chattha was a superb defending champion, bubbling the main event final table and coming 2nd in the £300 Double Chance side event – all of which has put him in the top ten of the European Rankings. Richard 'Chufty' Ashby proved why he is one of the top PLO players in the world by making the final of both Omaha events and Nick Gibson looks like a sure thing to win a GUKPT title having made 3 final tables (two 3rds and a 2nd) last week.

The next stop on the tour will be the G casino in Manchester from the 18th-26th April, where Marc Goodwin will be defending the title that helped him bag the GUKPT player of the year award in 2008.

GUKPT London Final Table Payouts
1st Martin Silke £172,850
2nd Luke Trotman £103,000
3rd Sam Oatley £68,950
4th Jamie Brown £45,350
5th Cuong Tran £33,450
6th Chaz Chattha £27,450
7th Andreas Hagen £21,500
8th Simon Eastwood £15,500
9th David Colclough £11,950
Photo Courtesy of Blue Square

Song with Poker in Title Retains UK Number One

Yes forget the GUKPT result, the durrrr challenge or the latest news on how to get your seat to the WSOP this year; this is the news you want to hear. Lady Gaga has held on to her UK number One single with the (Now becoming very annoying) Poker Face. She overcame opposition from the Noisettes, Flo Rider and the Pet Shop Boys to stay at number one for two consecutive weeks.

What effect is this song having on the UK Poker scene? Well as we have just reported, we have seen a whopping £597,000 prize pool at the latest Grosvenor UK Poker Tour the week after its first week at number one, coincidence? We'll let you decide with some of these expert lyrics selected from the track:

I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin
I'm not lying I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunning

Classic.

Norwegian Poker Championships Start Today

The Scandies have been out in force in the UK for nearly two weeks already at the Vic in London and now they are making the short trip down the M1 to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. The Norwegian Poker Championships are in their second year in the home of UK poker, because poker is illegal in their homeland. Although that must be infuriating for the players involved, it does help to make this festival one of the most fun affairs of the year for UK and Norwegian players alike, as the card room becomes reminiscent of a carnival as booze is flying around almost as freely as the chips.

This year many of the events are Norwegian only, but there is a host of Open events that are not to be missed and of course the cash games were legendary last year. The full schedule, including which competitions are Open events, is as follows:

Monday 30th March
2pm $400 Limit 5000 chips 45 minute clock. Cap 108 Norwegians only
8pm £75 No Limit 5000 chips 30 minute clock. Open Event
Tuesday 31st March
2pm $600 Double Chance Pot Limit Omaha 4000+4000 chips 30 minute clock. Cap 108 Norwegians only
8pm £75 No Limit 5000 chips 30 minute clock. Open Event
Wednesday 1st April
2pm $2750 Heads Up 20,000 chips WSOP structure. Cap 64 Norwegians only
8pm £25 No Limit 3000 chips 24 minute clock. Cap 162 Open Event
9pm £20 No Limit Rebuy Super Satellite 2000 chips 10 x £330 DTD Monthly seats GTD. Open Event

Thursday 2nd April
2pm $1000 Main Event Day 1a 10,000 chips 1hour clock, 10 levels played. 270 players Norwegians only
3pm $4550 Horse 10,000 chips 60 minute clock WSOP-E structure. Cap 24 Norwegians only
8pm £50 No Limit 4000 chips 24 minute clock. Cap 81 Open Event
Friday 3rd April
2pm $1000 Main Event Day 1b. 270 players Norwegians only
8pm £75 No Limit 5000 chips 30 minute clock. Cap 63 Open Event
8:15pm £25 No Limit 3000 chips 24 minute clock. Cap 72 Open Event
Saturday 4th April
4pm £250 Deepstack No Limit 10,000 chips 45 minute clock 2 day event. Cap 180 Open Event
8pm £50 No Limit 4000 chips 24 minute clock. Cap 81 Open Event
Sunday 5th April
8pm £75 No Limit 5000 chips 30 minute clock. Open Event
8:15pm £25 No Limit 3000 chips 24 minute clock. Open Event

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