Ben Winsor came close to winning the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event in April when he finished fifth for £6,750. One month later the busted fourth in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Brighton Main Event for a £7,800 score.
On Sunday night, Winsor finally booked a win when he emerged victorious in the GUKPT Walsall Main Event, taking home £24,500 after a two-way chop with Simon Deadman.
The final day started with 12 players, but within minutes of the restart Andrew Probyn moved his short stack into the middle with and was called by Andy Garland and his . The flop left Probyn drawing to running cards for a straight, so when the laned on the turn it was game over for him.
George Lakin was the next player to bust, first losing almost all of his stack when John Eames came from behind by hitting a jack on the turn to see his beat Lakin’s . Lakin was eliminated on the next hand.
Hand-for-hand play lasted 20 minutes and ended with the elimination of Ian Bradley who raised to 20,000 and Winsor called from the big blind. Winsor then checked the flop, Bradley bet 25,000 and Winsor check-raised to 60,000. Bradley moved all-in for 175,000 in total and Winsor quickly called.
Bradley flipped over the powerhouse that is , but it was the second best hand because Winsor had flopped a set with his . The turn was followed by the river and the final table was set.
2014 GUKPT Walsall Main Event Final Table
Half hour into play at the final table Deadman opened to 20,000 and then called when start-of-the day chip leader Mo Qureshi re-raised all in for 120,000. Qureshi showed and needed some help from the board because Deadman held and the advantage.
Help failed to arrive as the five community cards fell and Qureshi exited in ninth place.
John Eames was the next final table casualty, getting his remaining chips into the middle with versus Winsor’s on a board. Eames was actually a 57% favourite to win the hand but that counted for nothing as the landed on the river, leaving Winsor’s pair of kings as the best hand.
Next to head to the cashier’s desk was Andy Garland in seventh place. Garland opened the betting with a raise to 25,000 and Winsor three-bet him to 54,000. Garland said “60” but then tried to re-raise to 200,000. The tournament director ruled Garland could only call, which is what he did.
The two players went to the flop, Garland leading out for 75,000. Winsor called. The landed on the turn and Garland bet again, this time 100,000. Winsor raised to 200,000 and then called when Garland moved all-in for not much more.
Garland tabled and was way behind Winsor’s . The improved Winsor to an unnecessary set of kings and with that Garland was gone.
Almost immediately after Garland’s exit, Don Jones busted. Down to 140,000 and blinds at 6,000/12,000/1,500a, Jones must have though looked like a monster hand and he moved all-in. Maz Bako looked down at and called. Those nines held, Bako scooped the pot and Jones was resigned to a sixth place finish.
Fifth place was decided some 90-minutes later when Michael Hart made it 50,000 to play with , Winsor called and Bako squeezed all-in. Hart called all-in, Winsor folded and Bako flipped over ! The board was no help to Hart and he headed out of the tournament area thanks to a real cooler of a hand.
Tony Harman was the next player to lose his stack, doing so to Bako who was on a bit of a tear. Bako opened, Harman three-bet jammed for 400,000 and Bako called. As so many hands are late in tournaments it was a coinflip Bako holding and Harman .
Bako’s run good continued as the board eventually gifted him a Broadway straight. With that only three players remained.
Three-handed play lasted two hours and ended with the elimination of Bako. Low on chips, Bako moved all-in from the small blind with what turned out to be but Deadman was sat waiting in the big blind with and had one of the easier calls of his career. He did call and when the board ran out Bako busted and heads-up was set.
Deadman held a 2.7 million to 1.1 million chip lead over Winsor, but it did not stay that way for long.
Winsor doubled when in a setup hand where Deadman held to Winsor’s on a board. That evened things up and it was no surprise that the two players discussed then agreed on a deal that saw both lock up £23,500 leaving an extra £1,000 for the champion.
A huge pot then went Winsor’s way to leave him with 3.3 million of the 3.8 million in play and that proved too much for Deadman to fight back from.
The final hand too place at 9:40pm and saw Winsor all-in with versus Deadman’s dominated . By the river the board read , which bust Deadman and left Winsor ro have his name etched onto the winner’s trophy.
2014 GUKPT Walsall Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal
There is no GUKPT festival during June, but it does return on July 2 in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
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