Nine players return to the G Casino, Stockton this afternoon where they will lock horns to decide which of them walks away with the title of GUKPT Stockton Main Event champion. If the tournament ended now, it would be Neil Raine who was the winner as his 535,000 chip stack is the largest going into the finale.
Two months ago, Raine won the €1,000 France Poker Series Snowfest for a cool €60,000 and although he will be unable to match that figure in Stockton, adding a GUKPT title to his ever-improving resume will be a massive achievement.
Raine played some superb poker throughout Day 2 but was also handed a gift from the poker gods in a hand that saw the bubble burst. In that hand, Tom Hall opened to 8,000 and Stuart Instone flat called. Raine then squeezed to 21,000 and only Instone made the call. The pair saw the flop fall and Raine checked to his opponent. Instone moved all in for 50,000 and Raine snap-called! Instone showed a pair of jacks but he was in deep trouble against the pair of aces in Raine’s hand. The turn and river failed to improve Instone to the best hand and he exited in 12th place and burst the money bubble.
The bubble burst at 22:00 on Saturday evening and 35-minutes later the nine-handed final table was set. First, Kieran Appleby got his “Big Slick” in against the and of Dave Maudlin and John Bousfield respectively, a scenario that is rarely going to end well! Appleby crashed out in 11th place and Maudlin was crippled, yet survived to the final table.
The at 22:35 Eli Biessek exited in tenth place. Biessek, who won the Newcastle leg of the Genting Poker Series in March, shipped her 25,000 chips into the middle with ace-nine in a vain attempt to chip up. Unfortunately, for Biessek at least, Dave Collins woke up with a dominating . Bieseek did not improve on a board and was eliminated.
GUKPT Stockton Main Event Final Table
Make sure you check into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the GUKPT Stockton Main Event final table. Can Maudlin stage what would be an epic comeback from his four big blind stack, or will Raine wash away the opposition and claim the winner’s prize? We do not have long to find out.