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Michael Clarke Leads as GUKPT Bolton Main Event Reaches Final Table

Michael Clarke

The final table is set in the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Bolton Main Event after an explosive Day 2. Michael Clarke leads the nine finalists with his stack of 602,500 chips.

Thirty-two players returned to the G Casino Bolton felt on Saturday afternoon and by the time the first 60-minute level had ended, a staggering 17 of them had lost their chips, ending their hopes and dreams of becoming a GUKPT champion.

Although none of the busted players were happy with their exits, Dean Aldred was the most disappointed of anyone whose tournament ended prematurely. Finding himself down to only 75,000 chips at the 3,000/6,000 level, Aldred looked at his hole cards and saw {A-}{J-} staring back at him. A brief pause was followed by an all-in bet from Aldred and a re-shove by James Conway. When the cards were flipped onto their backs, Aldred discovered he was in a world of pain because Conway had woken up with pocket kings. The board ran out queen-high, Aldred busted and the remaining 13 players secured a payout of at least £1,000.

Tina Bandyle was the first player to head to the cashier’s desk to pick up £1,000; Bandyle’s ace-queen suffered the same fate as the bubble-boy when it ran into the pocket kings of Martin Hogarty.

Brian Harland followed Bandyle to the sidelines when he committed his stack with {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts} on a {k-Spades}{4-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop, only to be called by Michael Clarke’s pocket jacks. The {3-Diamonds} turn and {k-Spades} river kept Clarke’s jacks in front and resigned Harland to 12th place money.

Clarke then sent Neil Woolfrey to the rail to put the tournament on the final table bubble. Woolfrey was short-stacked and shoved with the respectable {A-}{5-}. Unfortunately, for Woolfrey at least, Clarke woke up with the dominating {a-}{k-} in the hole. Clarke was already ahead when he flopped a straight draw, a draw that came in on the turn to give Clarke the nuts and left Woolfrey drawing dead.

Then, at 22:20, the final table bubble burst. John Wood, who had doubled up four times while on the money bubble, only had 15,000 chips left and they went into the middle when first to act in the small blind. Don Alpert called in the bg blind, turning over ten-eight as he did so. Alpert’s hand was ahead of the lowly eight-three of Wood and when the board ran out {k-}{7-}{a-}{k-}{a-}, Alpert’s ten played, Wood exited and the final table reached.

2013 GUKPT Bolton Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

1stMichael Clarke602,500
2ndTodd Robinson537,000
3rdKerry O’Connor399,000
4thMark Dyson230,500
5thDon Alpert212,500
6thAllan McLean202,500
7thLiam Batey191,500
8thMartin Hogarty189,500
9thJames Conway142,000

Play in the GUKPT Bolton Main Event resumes at 2pm and continues until one man has won all of the chips in play. The least amount of money anyone can now win is £1,500 with the champion claiming £20,000, the coveted GUKPT trophy and a seat to the season-ended GUKPT Grand Final. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a ull recap of the final table action.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Official Blog.

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