Sam Trickett wins London Poker Circuit Main Event
The inaugural London Poker Circuit event at the Kensington Close hotel received something of a baptism of fire last week. Despite plenty of interest being shown in the events, numbers were low all week and a lot of last minute changes had to be made like merging the day 1s together.
It can't have helped that the poker world and their dogs were a tube ride away at the Vic for the biggest festival of the year so far, the GUKPT. In the end just 18 runners bought into the £1000 main event and it was one of the toughest two table line ups you will ever see in the UK. Joe Grech, James Akenhead, Nik Persaud, Stuart Rutter and Karl Mahrenholz were amongst the runners.
In the end, and something of a saving grace for the tour, GUKPT Champion Sam Trickett won the £8,500 first prize. At least a high profile player like Sam Trickett winning this event will create a buzz for the next event (What also helped was Michael Greco winning one of the side events) and hopefully we will see some online qualifiers from their partner 888 Poker.
The Latest Results from the GUKPT
Tom Bentham and Richard Gryko are the two finalists in the £2,500 GUKPT Heads Up Event at the Vic in London. Bentham dispatched of Vach Nankoosing in super quick time to book his seat in the final and Gryko beat James 'Royal Flush' Dempsey to earn his spot. Both men have impressed in the tournament last week and a lot of people have put money on the pair of them to do well. The final will play out on Wednesday and Bentham is currently the bookies favourite at 4/6 with Gryko at 11/10.
Elsewhere at the GUKPT, the £300 freezeout attracted an impressive 170 runners and for the 3rd time this year, a woman has won a GUKPT side event, which is great news for the tour and womens poker in the UK. Karen Frank collected £16,000 and a seat in the Champion of Champions event at the end of the year.
1st - Karen Frank £16,000
2nd - Paul Twaddle £10,200
3rd - Nick Gibson £6,900
4th - Jeff Rogers £4,300
5th - Darren Fuller £3,100
6th - Stewart Clutterbuck £2,600
7th - Adam Vinson £2,000
8th - Andrew Liperis £1,500
9th - Stephen Pearce £1,000
Jon Shoreham once again proved his mettle as a mixed game player, shortly after winning the HORSE event at the London Poker Masters he took down the very tough PLO hi/lo event, which saw Nick Gibson make his second final in a row and Mickey Wernick making another big cash in the GUKPT, which he is doing a lot of lately:
1st Jon Shoreman £9,500
2nd Mickey Wernick £6,800
3rd Nick Gibson £4,200
4th Alex Rousso £2,600
5th Eric Dalby £1,900
6th Richard Ashby £1,500
Finally the £500 hold'em event almost saw Sunny Chattha notch up a second GUKPT Victory, pipped to the post at the final hurdle by Thomas Macdonald:
1st Thomas MacDonald £25,300
2nd Sunny Chattha £16,100
3rd Davood Mehrmand £10,900
4th Nicky Evans £6,800
5th Tarek Makki £4,800
6th Julian Thew £4,000
7th Nicholas Christodoulides £3,200
8th Chandra Khajuria £2,400
9th Arkady Kielman £1,600
Odds and results courtesy of BlueSquare
Song with Poker in the Title Makes UK Number One
Poker is probably set to get a lot bigger in the UK this year because not a week seems to go by without it getting mainstream media coverage. Whether its Robbie Williams being spotted playing cards in London, Vanessa Rousso in a bikini, FullFlush being interviewed on Radio 1, an old man being refused police help during their poker game or Andrew 'Paperboy' Feldman becoming a multi millionaire, poker is the current media friendly page filler.
Now the latest 'next big thing' solo artist Lady Gaga has notched up her second number 1 single yesterday, with the release 'Poker Face'. The song uses a lot of generic poker terminology throughout (It also has a really annoying rappy bit in the middle) but regrettably it still doesn't give any insight into how to win with Ace-King. Watch this space for a stream of online poker rooms about to offer Lady Gaga entry into the World Series of Poker this year......