The horse racing loving poker pro from Sheffield, Richard Trigg predicted he would win the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event before the tournament started and has gone and done exactly that!
Trigg was one of 16 players returning to the G Casino at The Sandcastle on Sunday afternoon, each of them having navigated their way through the majority of the 226 entrants who bought into the £1,070 tournament.
Ninety minutes is all it took for the 16 returning players to be reduced to the nine-handed final table. As the final table got underway, the players lined up as follows with Caicai Huang leading the way and looking to become the first-ever female GUKPT Main Event champion.
2013 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Final Table
The final table kicked off at a few minutes before 3:00 p.m and within 30-minutes it had lost a player. Trigg opened to 25,000 and Dan Pope called from the big blind. The pair shared a flop, Pope leading for 42,000 and Trigg calling. The turn was the and Pope took a glance at his stack before moving all in. Trigg snap-called and turned over for a turned set, leaving the of Pope drawing dead. The completed the board and Pope exited in ninth place.
Another hour passed before Adam Forsyth ran into the might of Trigg. The latter opened to 32,000 on the button and then called when Forsyth three-bet all in for 110,000. Trigg showed , which caught a seven on the flop, then improved to a flush on the turn to best the of Forsyth.
Trigg was now one of the biggest stacks at the table and started to use his experience to boss his opponents and it was no surprise to see him at the top of the chip counts by the time Kev Steele busted in seventh place. Steele came unstuck when he three-bet all in with over the top of a John Haigh opening raise and Haigh made an easy call with his . Steele flopped a flush draw and turned a queen but could not find any of a myriad of outs on the river and busted in seventh place.
Six became five with the exit of Majid Khan at around 7:00 pm. Huang opened to 50,000 and then called the additional 150,000 when Khan shipped his stack into the middle of the felt. Khan had made his move with and was ahead of the of Huang. Huang took the lead on the flop and stayed in front on the turn and river.
Soon after Khan’s exit, Kyle Hendry followed suit. Trigg opened to 60,000 from the button, hendrey three-bet all in for 360,000 from the small blind and Trigg called. Hendry was in good shape with his being in front of Trigg’s . That was until Trigg caught a six on the flop, an ace on the turn and a full house completing six on the river. Good game, Hendry.
The tournament then became an all-male affair with the elimination of Huang. Down to 400,000 chips and the blinds at 15,000/30,000/4,000a, the in Huang’s hand must have looked like a monster. Huang chose this hand to double up with and pushed her chips over the betting line. John Miller called with the and was rewarded with a board. Game over for Huang. Who last month finished second in the GUKPT Luton Main Event.
Despite winning Huang’s chips, Miller was the next player to fall by the wayside. Miller three-bet all in with and ran into the of Trigg. Neither player improved on the board, Trigg winning the pot and sending Miller to the rail thanks to having an ace-kicker.
The stacks going into heads-up were almost even; Haigh held 2.4 million to Trigg’s 2.1 million. The heads-up duo agreed to chop the remaining prize pool evenly, with both players taking home £53,000 for their substantial efforts.
An hour into the one-on-one battle and the final hand took place. On a flop, Trigg checked and then check-raised Haigh’s continuation bet. The turn saw Trigg check again, but when Haigh bet 250,000, Trigg opted to call. The river was the and Trigg checked again. Haigh moved all in for 1,435,000 and after some deliberation, Trigg called. Haigh attempted to muck but was forced to show the lowly , which was smashed to smithereens by the of Trigg. With that, Haigh bust and Trigg was announced as the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event champion.
2013 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal
The 2013 season of the GUKPT ends next week when the £2,125 Grand Final takes place at The Vic. Trigg will be there thanks to all GUKPT Main Event winners being given a seat to the Grand Final. Will he predict a back-to-back victory for himself?
Lead image and data courtesy of the GUKPT blog.