Martin Bader is the first player to win a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event in 2013 after he bested a star-studded of 397 runners in the £1,070 buy-in GUKPT London Main Event.
The final 21 players in the GUKPT London Main Event returned to their seats in “The Vic” on Sunday and battled it out for the title of champion. Among those seated on the final three tables of this amazing tournament was PartyPoker sponsored pro “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier, who was looking to add a GUKPT title to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments. However, it was just not meant to be because at around 18:45 Rettenmaier open-shoved for 150,000 from the small blind with and the aforementioned Bader called with . Bader’s sevens were certainly lucky because they held, despite Rettenmaier picking up additional outs to a straight, and he calimed the scalp of one of the best poker players in the world.
A couple of hours later, Bader’s ace-king stayed ahead of the dominated ace-seven of Ashley Thompson to knock the latter out in 10th place and to set the final table.
GUKPT London final table
Almost immediately after the final table got under way it lost a player. In a raised pot, the chips went piling into the middle on a board, Sin Melin calling off her stack with ace-queen for top two pair. Unfortunately for Melin, Marc “dean23price” Wright had pushed all in on the turn with ten-eight for the straight! Melin exited in ninth place while Wright climbed to almost 3,000,000 in chips.
Next to go was Antonio Millan, and almost Jamie Roberts! Wright opened to 60,000 from early position and the action passed to Millan in the small blind. Millan then shoved for 420,000 and Roberts cold-called in the big blind! Wright moved all-in and Roberts called, turning over pocket kings as he did so. Millan showed ace-ten and Wright was a huge favourite as he had been dealt pocket aces! Just as it looked like Wright was going to win a massive pot, a king landed on the flop to catapult Roberts into an unlikely lead. Roberts’ set of kings held to eliminated Millan in eighth place.
Chiraag Thanki, the man who started the final day as overall chip leader, was the next player to head to the rail. Thanki three-bet all in for 550,000 over the top of a 110,000 opening raise from Bader with what turned out to be ace-nine. Bader called with king-queen, spiked a queen on the flop and Thanki busted out in seventh place, a result good for £13,100.
Wright then exacted revenge on Roberts for the AA vs KK hand when he sent his foe to the cashier’s cage to pick up sixth place money. Roberts had been left with around 700,000 chips when his kings were cracked by the pocket nines of Jeff Duval and these chips went into the middle with king-queen. Wright called with ace-queen and although both players paired their queen, Wright’s ace-kicker gave him the best hand and resigned Roberts to sixth place money.
The remaining five players agreed to take £45,000 each and leave the remaining £38,630 of the prize pool to the eventual winner. The ever-dangerous Wright was the next player eliminated when his ace-queen lost to the dominated king-queen of Bader when the later hit a straight on the river! Wright had been a constant thorn in everyone’s side and one can’t help but wonder what might have been had his aces held in that huge pot earlier in the day.
With Wright out of the way, the players chopped again and locked up a £50,000pay day for themselves and left £18,000 to play for. This deal suited Duval who exited in fourth spot when he missed an open-ended straight draw against the seemingly unstoppable Bader.
The tournament reached the heads-up stages when Paul Alterman open-shoved with and was called by David “Doobs” Barraclough with the . The flop gave Alterman a plethora of outs, but none of them came in and he was sent for an early bath.
Going into heads-up Barraclough held a massive six-to-one chip leader, but despite this another deal was struck – the third of the tournament! Barraclough accepted £62,000 and Bader £56,000. This extra six thousand pounds must have allowed Bader to relax as he started getting his stack into the middle with alarming regularity, but more importantly he was winning the important pots.
The turning point came when Bader got his chips in on a flop with against the of Barraclough, to give himself a 6,400,000 to 1,500,000 chip advantage. A few hands later and Barraclough committed himself with king-five and Bader called with ace-nine. Neither players improved their hand by the river and Bader became champion of GUKPT London with his ace-high!
GUKPT London final table results
*denotes deal struck when five-handed
** denotes deal struck when four-handed
***denotes deal struck when heads-up