Priyan de Mel has become the first player to win back to back GUKPT £1,000 main events, after capturing the opening Bolton leg of the 2010 season. 146 players went to the G Casino in Bolton for the main event, which created a £44,600 first prize for the Londoner who snatched the GUKPT Blackpool title in November. Priyan also came 9th in EPT Prague in December making it an excellent last three months for property developer.
De Mel defeated Andrew Purser heads up for the title at a final table that included prolific GUKPT winner Jeff Kimber. He commented after the tournament that he was already seeking out title number three:
“I'm really happy to have done back-to-back titles, but three titles is a good target to aim for. Most of my friends are in Australia now so I didn't have many people here supporting me, but I guess them being away made it easier for me to win this one.”
1st Priyan de Mel £44,600
2nd Andrew Purser £30,300
3rd James Sykes £19,000
4th Terry Owens £11,700
5th Marc Wright £9,100
6th Justin Devonport £6,900
7th Philip Booth £5,500
8th Jeff Kimber £4,000
9th Aaron Barry £2,900
10th Mark Robinson £2,200
The next live GUKPT events will be the inaugural GUKPT Club Championships tournaments. Every Grosvenor & G Casino with a poker room will host one of these £200 NL Hold'em freezeouts in 2010 and the first batch of these will take place on February 13th at the G Casinos in Blackpool, Coventry and Thanet; and at the Grosvenor Casinos in Leeds and Swansea. All start at 2.00pm and players will get 10,000 starting chips each. The main tour resumes on February 20th, when Leg 2 begins at the Grosvenor Casino in Walsall. The main event takes place from the 25th - 28th February, with two starting days on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th.
Picture and results courtesy of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour.
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