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Albert Sapiano Wins 2013 GUKPT Thanet

Albert Sapiano (Photo: Sue Pettit / GUKPT)

Just weeks after taking down the London leg of the Genting Poker Series, Albert Sapiano has won the Main Event of the Thanet leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT).

The £500 buy-in Six-Max No Limit Hold'em event was a re-entry tournament meaning that anyone who busted out could re-enter for the cost of the full buy-in. Despite this only 67 entries were taken and the GUKPT surely has to ask the questions why their events are being so poorly attended. The Grand Prix VI taking place at Dusk Till Dawn and the EPT Grand Final will not have helped but someone somewhere organised this tournament at the same time as those two huge events and it is something that needs to be looked at for future legs.

However, you cannot take anything away from Sapiano's win, despite the the compact field, because there were some very talented individuals amongst the entrants including Sam Razavi and the World Series of Poker Main Event November Niner Sam Holden. Only 30 players made it through to Day 2 and these were quickly whittled down to the six-handed final table, Holden busting out in seventh to see the tournament paused until the official Day 3.

GUKPT Thanet Final Table

1Albert Sapiano628,000
2Stephen Bovis194,000
3Nick Woodward161,500
4Louis Scriven132,300
5Nathan Lee123,300
6Hasan Taner109,200

The short-handed format saw the poker played at a blistering pace and it was not long before the final table lost its first player. Nick Woodward and Louis Scriven got into a preflop raising war that resulted in the latter being all-in and at risk of elimination. He looked in good shape to double up though as he held pocket queens to Wodward's pair of eights but that pair f eights improved to a set on the turn and Scriven exited in sixth place.

Next to go was Nathan Lee, losing a coinflip agianst the ace-queen of Steve Bovis before a short stacked Hasan Taner made a move with the lowly queen-deuce and ran into the ace-ten of Sapiano, which then flopped a ten to make sure play was down to just three players.

All of this happened within the first two levels of play and shortly afterwards heads-up was set when Woodward got his chips into the middle with ace-three but could find no help from the board to beat the pocket sixes of Bovis.

Sapiano held an 8:5 chip lead over Bovis going into heads-up but Bovis first clawed his way back into the match then wrestled the chip lead from his veteran opponent. But one key hand swung the battle in favour of Sapiano. Both players flopped a pair of nines on a nine-high board but Sapiano also held a flush draw, which hit, to leave Bovis nursing a short stack and putting the ball firmly in Sapiano's court.

It was all over soon after when the duo got their chips in on a {5-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{3-Spades} flop, Bovis holding {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for bottom pair and Sapiano {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for top pair. The turn and river were the {2-Clubs} and {6-Clubs} respectively and with that Sapiano had won the GUKPT Thanet Main Event.

GUKPT Thanet Payouts

1Albert Sapiano£10,720
2Stephen Bovis£7,700
3Nick Woodward£5,110
4Hasan Taner£3,020
5Nathan Lee£2,430
6Louis Scriven£1,840
7John Han£1,510
8Dean Swift£1,170

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