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Neil Raine Reigns Supreme in the GUKPT Stockton Main Event

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Leg 3 of the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is in the bag after Neil Raine outlasted the 116 strong field to win the GUKPT Stockton Main Event, a result that bagged him £17,690.

The nine-handed table lost its first player almost immediately after play resumed, Dave Maudlin busting in ninth place. Maudlin started the final table with just two big blinds and when he committed these with {7-}{6-} he ran into the {Q-}{Q-} of Chris Howden. The five community cards failed to alter the course of the hand and Maudlin exited the tournament area.

Chris Green-Smith became the eighth place finisher when he pushed his stack into the middle while holding {K-}{9-} on a king-high board. Green-Smith’s hand is often referred to as a dog – for obvious reasons – and it left him barking mad when he discovered Stephen Sung had called him with a dominated {K-}{Q-}. No nine appeared on the turn or river and the final table lost another player.

After experiencing the elation of knocking out a player, Howden discovered what it is like to be on the receiving end when he crashed out in seventh place. Although disappointed not to go all the way in Stockton, the £2,320 Howden picked up for a weekend’s work will no doubt help to quash any negative feelings.

Sixth place went to John Bousfield shortly after 16:00 when Sung opened to 20,000 and then called when Bousfield three-bet shoved for 151,500 in total. Sung held a pair of jacks to the {A-}{10-} of Bousfield. The door card was an ace but a jack followed it into view, which improved Sung to a set. That set held as the board bricked and Bousfield’s tournament ended.

Six became five as World Series of Poker bracelet winner Lawrence Gosney’s hopes of adding a GUKPT title to his resume quickly dissipated. The chips went flying into the middle of a {9-}{8-}{10-} flop, Gosney holding queen-ten for top pair and a gutshot straight, but trailing to the {7-}{6-} of Raine that had flopped a straight. Gosney received no help from the remaining community cards and his demise was confirmed.

Just ten minutes later and another player lost their stack, this time it was the dangerous Tom Hall. Dave Collins opened, Hall three-bet only to see Collins four-bet all in with what turned out to be pocket jacks. Hall called off his stack with ace-king and when the dealer had finished his duties in the hand the board read {9-}{8-}{10-}{5-}{6-}, which kept the jacks in front and sent Hall to the cashier’s cage to pick up fourth place money.

Three-handed play lasted more than 2.5 hours and ended with the elimination of Sung. An unconventional open-limp on the button by Sung was raised by Raine, who then saw Sung move all in. Raine called and turned over ace-queen only to be shown the powerhouse hand that is pocket kings! Sung’s “Cowboys” stayed best on the flop but an ace landed on the turn to flip the hand on its head. A lowly five fell on the river and the unlucky Sung’s tournament ended abruptly.

Sung’s exit left Raine and Collins to fight it out one-on-one for the title of GUKPT Stockton champion. At the start of the match the chip counts were almost even, Raine trailing slightly by 1.095 million to 1.226 million. The blinds were just 8,000/16,000 and that gave both players plenty of room to manoeuvre.

The last remaining players locked horns and butted heads for the best part of an hour until Collins opened to 50,000 and Raine called. The {7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} flop was checked by Raine who then called when Collins tested the waters with a 60,000 bet. The turn saw the {2-Spades} make an appearance and Raine checked again. Collins bet again, moving all in for 300,000 and Raine instantly called! Raine flipped the {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs} onto its back and he was well ahead of Collins’ {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The river was another king and with that, Collins was eliminated and Raine had won the GUKPT Stockton Main Event!

GUKPT Stockton Main Event Final Table Results

1stNeil Raine£17,690
2ndDave Collins£12,470
3rdStephen Sung£7,830
4thTom Hall£4,930
5thLawrence Gosney£4,060
6thJohn Bousfield£2,900
7thChris Howden£2,320
8thChris Green-Smith£1,740
9thDave Maudlin£1,450

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog.

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