The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Bolton Main Event has been completed and it is an online poker star by the name of Ben "jenbizzle" Jones who emerged victorious, outlasting the 114-strong field to walk away with the winner's trophy and the £17,390 first place prize.
Late last week were reported on how the festival had been well received and that attendances were through the roof. According to the GUKPT blog there were in excess of 1,000 players registered across the Main Event and all the side events, a figure that the D4 Events and everyone else involved with the organising should be very proud of.
Six-max poker in a live environment is a welcome change from the standard full ring games we usually write about here on UK & Ireland PokerNews and it was a format relished by online star Jones. Back on New Year's Day he won $97,340 when he took down the first Sunday Warm Up of 2012 but admitted on the Two Plus Two forums his parents made him withdraw all but $5,000 of his bankroll on PokerStars and invest it. Now it looks like he will be making another withdrawal after taking down his first major live title.
At the start of the third and final day's play there were 36 players remaining but these were gradually whittled down to an unofficial seven-handed final table that lined up like this:
The first all-in of the final table also resulted in the first elimination, that dubious honour going to GUKPT regular Steve Holden. Liam Hooks opened the betting with what turned out to be only to see Holden three-bet with . The action went back to Hooks who paused for a few moments before moving all-in, sending Holden into the tank. When Holden emerged he did so with a call but he ultimately lost the coinflip as the board ran out and Holden was eliminated.
Sixth place was settled when Mattia Ghera could not spike a three-outer against Chris Hughes. The latter had opened the betting and then quickly called when Ghera three-bet all-in over the top. Ghera showed and found himself up against the of Hughes. The flop kept the nines in front but the on the turn gave Ghera some extra outs to a gutshot straight. Ghera missed all seven outs when the river came the and play was now five handed.
This is when Jones started his one-man wrecking mission and swept aside all who stood before him. The first to feel his wrath was Hooks who got his chips in with only to find himself dominated by the of Jones. By the river the board read and although the rail initially though it was a split pot they soon realised Jones had made the nut flush and had won the substantial pot.
Next to go was Hughes, who like Hooks before him, got his stack into the middle in a dominated position, his running into Jones' . The hand was over as a contest rather quickly though as Jones spiked an ace on the flop and when the turn and river were the and respectively it was game over for Hughes and Jones was certainly in control.
Nigel Booth became Jones' next casualty to send the tournament into the heads-up section. Booth open-shoved for 90,000 chips with and Jones made the call with . Jones was already in front when he improved to a pair of fours on the flop, the turn changed nothing and the unnecessarily improved Jones to two pair. Booth was gone.
Jones took a 1,998,000 to 282,000 chip lead into the one-on-one battle and it was no surprise when he pressed home this advantage shortly after the match began. Dave Wearing put up a valiant fight but one he would ultimately lose when he committed his stack with queen-jack and ran into the ace-jack of Jones. Neither player improved their hand by the river and Jones' ace-high was enough to send Wearing to the rail as GUKPT Bolton runner-up and leave a delighted Jones to be announced as the champion.
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GUKPT Bolton Main Event Results
The GUKPT now heads to Coventry between August 19-28 where the eagerly anticipated Goliath tournament will be taking place.