With all of the furore surrounding the £1,000,000 guaranteed event at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham you would have been forgiven for being blissfully unaware that the long-running GUKPT was hosting its inaugural £500 Deepstack tournament in Stockton. But one man who will be forgetting this event for a long time to come is Allan Peers who walked away with £11,000 after outlasting 72 opponents.
Looking at the structure of the tournaments it looked amazing. Each player started with 50,000 chips, the clock was 60-minutes long and the blinds started at just 25/50; 1,000 big blind starting stack! Unsurprisingly the play was very slow on Day 1 but the recent Genting Poker Series champion Ruslan Vlasov managed to bust out during Level 3 and amazingly he busted again a couple of levels later after re-entering! He was the only player needing to re-enter so there were 73 buy-ins in the prize pool but 72 runners.
One by one the players fell by the way side and eventually, towards the start of the third day's play, only the final table of nine remained.
David Galo was the first play to be eliminated, his no good against the dominating of James Marriot. Darren Meynell busted out shortly afterwards so it was seven-handed as the players headed off for their first break of the day.
CT Law was the next to go, first losing a large part of his stack to Thomas Dunwoodie then getting the rest of his chips in with king-jack on a jack-high board only to discover they were being crushed by the pockets aces of Marriot. It was not long before Law and Co. were joined on the rail by Andy Lambert. He had blinded down to just 10 big blinds at the 8,000/16,000/2,000a level and got his stack in with a pair of sixes. Unfortunately for him Peers woke up with a pair of nines, which held, on at that point only five remained.
Five became four as Mark James busted out. He first lost most of his chips with ace-nine against the rockets of Dunwoodie then got the remainder of his stack in with against the of Peers.. He managed to flop a 10 but Peers paired his ace and James' tournament came to an end.
Dunwoodie then sent Mark O'Kane to the rail, his ace-eight prevailing against O'Kane's ace-four and the tournament was sent to the heads-up stage when Marriot called all-in with pocket aces on a ten-high board that was the home to two clubs. It turned out Peers had set Marriot in holding a flush draw, which hit on the river, and the one-on-one battle began.
Peers held more than 80% of the chip in play so it was all but a done deal. Dunwoodie moved in on a board. Peers called and showed and Dunwoodie could only muster . A jack landed on the river and that was it, Peers had won the £500 Deepstack and the £11,000 first place prize!
GUKPT £500 Deepstack Results