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Sunny Chattha Shines and Wins the GUKPT Manchester Main Event

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Four-and-a-half years ago, Sunny Chattha topped a field of 301 entrants in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Walsall Main Event to become its champion. Fast forward to today and Chattha has added a second GUKPT title to his impressive list of tournament results after he took down the £1,070 buy-in Manchester leg.

The third and final day’s play in the GUKPT Manchester Main Event started at 14:00 on Sunday with nine players and 10 hours later only Chattha remained. As play resumed, the players lined up as follows:

GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Seat Draw

1Tony Broadbent358,000
2Gordon McArthur153,000
3Danny Tran399,500
4Shehbaz Hussain634,500
5Mark Lane580,500
6Adam Forsyth175,000
7Sunny Chattha332,500
8Ian Simpson744,500
9Jeff Kimber335,500

Danny Tran was the first casualty of the final table when his tournament ended around an hour into proceedings. Tran made a play with {A-}{2-} and ran square into the far superior and dominating {A-}{K-} of Shehbaz Hussain. A final board that read {4-}{k-}{j-}{6-}{9-} was no help to Tran and he busted in ninth place for £4,000.

Ian Simpson started as the final table’s chip leader, but that did not prevent him from finishing in eighth place. Simpson got off to a bad start when Jeff Kimber doubled through him and he never managed to recover. His final hand came at the start of the 21st level of play, where the blinds were 8,000/16,000/2,000a. Looking down at {A-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, Simpson decided to move all in for 201,000 in total. Kimber asked for a count before re-shoving over the top of Simpson. Everyone else folded and Kimber showed {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Kimber’s tens remained best on the {5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts} board and Simpson exited in eighth place, good for £5,500.

Half an hour later Mark Lane busted; Lane was extremely unfortunate in a hand involving Chattha. Lane opened to 43,000, Chattha three-bet all in for 350,000 and Lane called, turning over {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} as he did so. It was one of tournament poker’s many coinflips as Chattha held the {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. The {9-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop kept Lane’s knaves in front, as did the {10-Clubs} turn. The river was the {J-Hearts} improving Lane to a set of jacks but it also gifted Chattha a Broadway straight! Chathha doubled to 725,000 and Lane was left nursing a 150,000 stack.

Lane was all in on the next hand, pushing his stack into the middle with {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Kimber called holding {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and when the five community cards fell {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades} it was game over for Lane. If his jacks had held against Chattha’s “Big Slick” he would almost certainly have won more than the £7,500 seventh place money.

Six became five with the elimination of Tony Broadbent who, like Lane before him, lost a large pot before his exit. Broadbent’s {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} lost out to the {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades} of Adam Forsyth when Forsyth spiked a three-outer on the flop, then minutes later Broadbent committed the rest of his decimated stack with {A-}{9-} and lost to Gordon MacArthur’s pocket tens. Broadbent improved to an unlikely straight, but “GiMac” ended the hand with a full house and Broadbent headed to the cashier’s cage to pick up £9,500.

Play remained five-handed for the best part of two hours before MacArthur exited in a cruel fashion. Kimber opened to 50,000 and MacArthur three-bet to 130,000. Hussain then instantly shipped his stack into the middle and once Kimber got out of the way MacArthur snap-called. Hussain turned over {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and was way behind to the {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} of MacArthur. Those tens stayed second best on the {6-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Spades}{9-Diamonds} board, that was until the {10-Hearts} fell on the river to boost Hussain’s stack to almost 1,800,000 and to send MacArthur to the sidelines with a cheque for £11,500.

The river was again responsible for an exit, this time it cost Forsyth his tournament life. After opening to 80,000 Forsyth faced a three-bet to 210,000 from Kimber. Deciding the best play for his {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} was to move all in for his remaining 300,000 chips, Forsyth did just that and Kimber called. By the river the board read {9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Spades} and once again the river claimed a player’s stack. Forsyth won £15,000 for his valiant effort.

No sooner had Forsyth busted, the final three players asked for the tournament clock to be paused so they could discuss a deal. Twenty minutes later, a deal was agreed that saw Kimber and Hussain win £43,000 and Chattha £35,000 leaving the title and the £2,000 Grand Final seat to play for.

The last trio of players upped their aggression after the deal and the chip lead exchanged hands on numerous occasions over the hour following the deal. The penultimate elimination was that of Hussain who shipped in his 450,000 stack (nine big blinds) with {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and ran into Chattha’s {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Both players paired their six on the {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} board, Chattha taking the pot by virtue of his ace kicker.

It was Kimber who started the heads-up encounter with Chattha as the chip leader, his 2,440,000 stack being almost twice the 1,160,000 of his now sole opponent. Two hands into the one-on-one battle and Chattha doubled through Kimber to flip the contest in its head and from that moment on Chattha was in control.

The final hand of the tournament took place almost exactly 10 hours after play began and saw Kimber move all in with {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Chattha call with {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}. Both players made a pair on the {J-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop, but Chattha’s pair of jacks remained best as the turn and river were the {A-Diamonds} and {Q-Hearts} respectively, locking up Chattha’s second GUKPT title and resigning Kimber to his third GUKPT Main Event runner-up finish.

2013 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Results

1stSunny Chattha£35,000*
2ndJeff Kimber£43,000*
3rdShehbaz Hussain£43,000*
4thAdam Forsyth£15,000
5thGordon MacArthur£11,500
6thTony Broadbent£9,500
7thMark Lane£7,500
8thIan Simpson£5,500
9thDanny Tran£4,000

*reflects a three-handed deal

The next stop of the GUKPT calendar is Leg 10 in Luton that runs from October 13 through to October 20 and features another £1,070 Main Event with £200,000 guaranteed prize pool. Satellites are available now at Grosvenor Poker.

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