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Oliver Price is Crowned the 2014 GUKPT London Champion

Oliver Price

It has been quite the fortnight for young Oliver Price, one he is unlikely forget in a long time. In the past two weeks, Price has finished in third place in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event for €271,200 and has followed that remarkable result up by becoming the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event champion, adding a further £86,400 to his already swollen bankroll.

The final day’s play in the £1,080 buy-in Main Event started with 27 players who were reduced to only nine over the course of six hours of poker action. The key hand saw Kevin Abecassis get his chips into the middle with {A-}{K-} against the dominated {A-}{Q-} of Price only to see two queens appear on the flop. Not only did this bolster Price’s stack, it also burst the final table bubble.

2014 GUKPT London Final Table

1Andrew Christoforou192,000
2David Laronde1,168,000
3Philippe Souki1,637,000
4Alan Mansbridge364,000
5Ben Mammo394,000
6Ben Vinson537,000
7Oliver Price1,189,000
8Mick Quinn555,000
9Mathew Frankland427,000

Mat Frankland got off to a rollercoaster start at the final table, first losing all but 3.75 big blinds when his {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} couldn’t beat the {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} in the hand of Andrew Christoforou and then clawed his way back into contention when his {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} got their against Philippe Souki’s {A-}{Q-Diamonds}!

Ben Vinson was the final table’s first casualty and in unfortunate circumstances, too. Vinson raised to 50,000 at the 12,000/24,000/3,000a level and the action folded from Vinson’s under-the-gun seat to Alan Mansbridge In the small blind. Mansbridge moved all-in for 335,000 and Vinson called, turning over {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} and discovering he was way ahead of Mansbridge’s {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Vinson’s tens were good up until the river of the {2-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{8-Spades} board, that eight on the river improving Mansbridge to a set and leaving Vinson with only 60,000 chips – he busted on the very net hand.

Vinson was not on the sideline on his own for long because when Ben Mammo committed his stack with {Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} on a {6-Hearts}[Jc{Q-Diamonds} flop, he found Price sat there with {J-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for two pair and an easy call. The turn and river bricked off, Mammo busted and Price soared to 1.5 million chips.

The blinds increased to 15,000/30,000/3,000a and that left Mick Quinn nursing a 15 big blind stack, which is the perfect reshoving stack according to many. So when Price opened to 60,000 from the button it was no surprise that Quinn three-bet all-in for 400,000. Price snap-called and showed {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Quinn the less-than-stellar [5s{4-Spades}. The {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} board kept Price’s tens in front and sent Quinn to the cashier’s cage to collect seventh place money.

Next to feel Price’s wrath was Frankland who was hit with the old suckout/re-suckout. Price opened from the button, Frankland three-bet all-in from the small blind for around 400,000 and Price called. Frankland’s {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} trailed the {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} of Price until the {4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop, where Frankland took the lead. It was a short-lived lead because the {A-Hearts} turn put the ball firmly back into Price’s court and when the {9-Hearts} completed the community cards and Frankland’s demise.

Almost 90-minutes passed by before another player lost their stack, David Laronde being the one to bust in fifth place. Laronde shipped his last 145,000 chips into the middle and was called by both Souki and Price. The two active players checked the {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop, but Price bet the {2-Clubs} turn, prompting a fold from Souki. Price revealed the {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and was nicely ahead of Laronde’s {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. The {4-Spades} fell on the river and Laronde was eliminated in fifth place.

Five became four with the exit of Souki, who called off his 650,000 stack from the big blind with {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs} after Price open-shoved from the button with what turned out to be {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The {q-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop gave Price a ton of outs, with the {J-Clubs} turn propelling Price into the lead. The {5-Hearts} river missed both players and Souki’s tournament came to an abrupt end.

Ten minutes later and Christoforou lost a conflip with pocket fours against the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} of Mansbridge – and ace on the flop sealed the deal – to leave Mansbridge and Price to go head-to-head for the title of GUKPT London Champion.

The final two players discussed a deal, but negotiations broke down and play resumed with Price holding a 4,045,000 to 2,425,000 chip lead over Mansbridge. The heads-up encounter was a brief yet explosive affair and one that ended shortly after midnight. Price opened to 120,000 and Mansbridge called and then led for 200,000 on the arrival of the {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. Price called. The turn was the {A-Hearts}, Mansbridge checked, Price bet 240,000 and Mansbridge moved all-in for 2,145,000 in total. Price asked for a count, digested the information and made a world class call with his {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, to discover Mansbridge had made a move with {J-Clubs}[7d. The {8-Hearts} river completed the board, busted Mansbridge in second place and left Price to sip champagne while he figured out what to do with the £86,400 he had just won!

2014 GUKPT London Final Table Results

1Oliver Price£86,400
2Alan Mansbridge£57,300
3Andrew Christoforou£38,000
4Phil Souki£22,600
5David Laronde£17,100
6Mathew Frankland£13,900
7Mike Quinn£10,650
8Ben Mammo£8,100
9Ben Vinson£6,100

Next on the 2014 GUKPT is the Manchester leg that runs from March 2 through to March 9. Like London, Manchester features a £1,080 Main Event that carries a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool. As always, you can qualify for the GUKPT Manchester Main Event at Grosvenor Poker, which if you download via PokerNews you can claim a 100% match up to £500 first deposit bonus.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog

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