Andrew “Tufat23” Teng became a double Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) winner over the weekend when he added the title of 2014 GUKPT Edinburgh champion to his GUKPT Thanet victory from 2008.
Teng went into Sunday’s final day second in chips, his 586,000 stack trailing only that of his friend Dominik Nitsche. Nitsche, a holder of a World Series of Poker bracelet and a World Poker Tour title, was everyone’s favourite to leave Edinburgh with the lion’s share of the prize pool, but poker – and Lady Luck in particular – has a habit of not exactly running to plan.
In addition to Teng and Nitsche, there were nine other players in with a chance of glory in the Scottish capital although within half-hour of play resuming at the Grosvenor Maybury casino two players had busted and the final table set.
The short stacked Richard Lapwood was the first player to bust and he was followed out of the tournament area by Eldon Orr, leaving the surviving nine players to redraw for the final table.
2014 GUKPT Edinburgh Final Table
The first exit from the final table was that of the dangerous Nitsche, much to the surprise of the railbirds. Nitsche opened to 23,000 from early position, Jeff Kimber three-bet to 55,000 putting the onus back on Nitsche. There was a brief pause before Nitsche four-bet all-in for 380,000 and Kimber beat him into the pot with a call.
Nitsche was in a whole world of hurt and needed some unlikely help from the board to avoid being the first player eliminated from the final table. That help never arrived as the board ran out to bust Nitsche and leave Kimber having to re-stack over 800,000 chips.
Another 30 minutes passed by before Kevin Wood opened to 20,000 from the button and was called by David Gillies in the small blind and Yingtao He in the big blind. The trio watched on as the dealer spread the flop, a flop that Gillies led for 32,000 on. Yingtao He called and Wood folded.
The turn brought the into view and again Gillies fired a bet, this one a more substantial 65,000. Yingtao called. The fifth and final community card was the and Gillies set the price to continue at 96,000. Yingtao sat motionless for 30-seconds or so before moving all-in. Gillies dwelled while he considered his move, before calling and showing for a set of sixes. That set was no good, however, because Yingtao held and had rivered a straight!
Yintao he couldn’t put Gillies’ chips to good use and he crashed out of the tournament in seventh place an hour later. Yingtao’s tournament ended when he jammed all-in with on a board only to be snapped off by Teng’s , that had improved to a full house! The inconsequential competed the board and the tournament was down to only six players.
Those six became five a couple of hours later when the online grinder known as “RLOG” busted. Ross Loggie, to give RLOG his real name, saw the action fold to him in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 10 big blinds with . Unfortunately for Loggie, Jonny Gray held the in the big blind and had one of the easier calls of his career. He of course called and when the five community cards fell it was game over for Loggie.
Play continued short-handed and became even shorter half hour after Loggie’s exit when Wood was cut down by Teng. A raise to 45,000 from Wood on the button was greeted with a call from Gray in the small blind then a squeeze to 120,000 from Teng in the big blind. The action was then back on Wood and he decided the best move for his was to move all-in for 380,000 more chips. Gray mucked and Teng called with the . Wood was drawing dead by the turn of the board, leaving only four players in with a shot at winning the title.
Next to be eliminated was Kimber. Having seen his queen cracked by the pocket nines of Gray, Kimber was left with a tiny stack containing the equivalent of two-and-a-half big blinds. Those went into the middle with and Teng looked him up with the dominating . Neither player improved on the board, leaving Teng’s ten-kicker to play and resign Kimber to a fourth place finish.
Play remained three-handed for the best part of two hours and ended with the elimination of Scott Brown. Down to 12 big blinds and looking down at Brown opted to move all-in. Gray made the call with the to put Brown at risk. The five community cards fell and heads-up was set.
It was Gray who went into the final stages with a chip lead, his 2,280,000 stack being larger than Teng’s 1,570,000. The heads-up pair swapped the chip lead several times over the enxt 2.5 hours before they agreed to take £22,000 each and leave £4,000, the trophy and the Grand Final seat for the eventual champion.
That champion turned out to be Teng as Gray open-shoved with for around 1.8 million chips and Teng instantly called, as you would with . The board provided no help for Gray and Teng became the 2014 GUKPT Edinburgh champion.
2014 GUKPT Edinburgh Final Table Results
*Reflects a heads-up deal
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog
Next up for the GUKPT is a return to England and Brighton in particular. When the GUKPT stopped in Brighton in 2013, there were a total of 198 entries and a £99,000 prize pool. David Lloyd of Main Event Travel walked away from the seaside town with £20,320 after he defeated Piers Whyman heads-up for the title.
This year’s Brighton Main Event features a £100,000 guarantee and you could be playing for a slice of it by qualifying for the £550 event at Grosvenor Poker. Download Grosvenor Poker via PokerNews and you can claim a 100% match up to £500 first deposit bonus.