Fifty-five players returned to the G Casino in Portsmouth yesterday lunchtime and after almost 10 hours of intense poker action they had been reduced to just nine. These nine hopefuls make up the final table of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Portsmouth Main Event.
This event paid out the top 13 places so nobody wanted to finish in 14th place and burst the bubble, therefore going home empty handed. Unfortunately, every tournament must have someone who bursts the money bubble and that someone was Dale Simmons.
Adam Boutwell opened to 9,000 preflop and then called when a short-stacked Simmons three-bet all in over the top of his raise. Simmons held a most respectable but was in dire straits against the superior that was in the hand of Boutwell. Simmons’ tournament ended by the turn because Boutwell turned a set of queens and with that the money bubble popped and everyone still with chips in front of them locked up a guaranteed payout of at least £1,000.
Andrew Miles was the first player to be awarded prize money when he crashed out in 13th place. Miles was followed the rail by Paul Burbridge, Genting Poker Series Newcastle champion Ellie Biessek, and finally Fraser Beach.
Beach got his chips in good holding against Blair Hampton’s on a flop only for Hampton to improve to a better two pair when a four turned. Hampton then improved further, this time to a straight when a seven landed on the river, busting Beach in 10th place and ending play for the day.
GUKPT Portsmouth Final Table Chip Counts
Play resumes in the GUKPT Portsmouth Main Event at 14:00 and continues until just one man has won all of the chips in play. £1,510 is the least anyone will take home today, while the champion sees their bankroll boosted by £20,110. Who will be crowned GUKPT Portsmouth champion? Check back to UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to find out.