The PokerPlayer UK Tour dropped anchor in Leeds, West Yorkshire over the weekend for the latest leg of its popular tour. By the time the registration desk had shut up shop, they had taken £110 buy-ins from 119 players, creating a prize pool of £11,900 – plus the eventual winner would also bag a £1,070 GUKPT Main Event seat.
This was the fourth leg of the PokerPlayer UK Tour, with previous events having been completed in Newcastle, Brighton and Coventry. It is run in association with Grosvenor Casinos and is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the best value low-stakes tours in the UK, thanks to the GUKPT adding seats to each stop and the fact each £110 main event is played to the tried and tested GUKPT blind structure.
Over the course of two days the 119 entrants were whittled down to the final 10, each of whom locked up a payday of at least £270. The first player to receive their prize money was Adam King and he was followed to the rail – via the cashier’s cage of the Grosvenor Casino – by Gary Smith, Paul Elderton, Sharon Cook, Helen Godfrey, Susan Adams, Lincoln Fraser and Graham Pound; the latter’s exit setting up a heads-up clash between two local players in the shape of Graham Hinchliffe and Graham Peckover.
The duo agreed to split the remaining prize money equally, but then battled it out for the £1,070 GUKPT Main Event seat that had been added to the prize pool. That seat would find its way to Peckover when Hinchcliffe found himself all in with , possibly in homage to Doyle Brunson, and Peckover making the call with . By the river the board read and although neither player improved their hand, Peckover’s ace-high was good enough to win the pot and therefore the tournament.
“I’ve been playing well, I’ve gone deep in my last few tournaments,” explained Peckover to the PokerPlayer Magazine staff, “My biggest problem in tournaments is the patience factor and learning to keep it.”
Peckover went on to praise his final table opponents, but also admitted he had his fair share of luck on the road to victory, “There were some very good players at the final table. I think I can play the game. I did get that element of luck with the versus hand, but even the best player in the world needs some luck.”
The next stop on the PokerPlayer UK Tour calendar is the £165 Grand Final in a couple of weeks time. The Grand Final takes place between Nov. 17-18 at the famous Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London and, like all the previous legs, will see the eventual champion not only walk away with a bankroll-booting sum of money but also a GUKPT Main Event seat worth £1,070.
PokerPlayer UK Tour Leeds Payouts
*denotes a deal was struck heads-up
Thanks to PokerPlayer Magazine for the information used in this article.