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Vaidas Sirionas Crowned 2014 GUKPT Cardiff Champion

Vaidas Sirionas

The 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Cardiff Main Event came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday night when Vaidas Sirionas walked away with the title of champion and a cheque for £24,000.

The third and final day commenced at 12:00 p.m.and within 40 minutes of the restart, the tournament lost Aaron Bowen in 13th place and Matthew Padfield in 12th. Juan Calvo joined the list of casualties half hour later and when GUKPT Walsall winner Ben Winsor crashed out in 90 minutes later the final table was set.

2014 GUKPT Cardiff Main Event Final Table

1Stuart Costa448,000
2Vaidas Sirionas597,000
3James Fisher757,000
4Mick Corrigan590,000
5Nik Stylianou150,000
6Tim Marshall350,000
7Ralph David305,000
8Charlie Denton202,000
9Rob Thomas165,000

Tim Marshall was the first final table member to lose their stack around 35 minutes after the final table began. Vaidas Sirionas raised, Mick Corrigan called, Marshall squeezed and both Sirions and Corrigan called.

The flop fell {4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and Marshall moved all-in for 250,000 into the 200,000 pot. Sirionas called, Corrigan folded and the cards were revealed. Marshall showed {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and was way behind the {K-Spades}{J-Spades} of his opponent. The {10-Diamonds} landed on the turn, followed by the {Q-Clubs} on the river and Marshall exited in ninth place.

Ralph David’s tournament ended in eighth place when he lost a crucial coinflip against James Fisher. Fisher held {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} and David the {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. David took the lead on the {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts} flop, stayed there on the {J-Hearts} turn, but a cruel {7-Hearts} improved Fisher to a set of seven and resigned David t an eighth place finish.

More than an hour passed by before Charlie Denton was heading for the rail following a hand with Fisher. Denton moved all-in for 145,000 at the 8,000/16,000/2,000a level with {10-Spades}{7-Spades} and Fisher called with the superior {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}. A final board reading {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} was no help to Denton and he busted in seventh place.

Sixth place was decided 30-minutes later when Stuart Costa moved all-in for 146,000 from the small blind and Sirionas called from the big blind. It was the {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} of Costa versus the {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades} of Sirionas and when the board ran {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{a-Spades}{7-Clubs} it was game over for Costa.

Fisher was going great guns until two hands in quick succession robbed him of his stack and his chances of becoming a GUKPT champion. The first saw him call an all-in five bet from Corrigan with {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and fail to improve against Corrigan’s {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}.

Shortly after that big hand, Fisher moved all-in on a {2-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades} board for 440,000 chips and Corrigan made the call. Corrigan flipped over {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and Fisher could only muster the lowly {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}, and with that Fisher was gone and Corrigan was the runaway chip leader with more than half of the chips in play.

The tournament clock hadn’t long displayed 6:00 p.m. when Corrigan opened to 40,000 and Nik Stylianou three-bet all-in. Sirionas cold-called and Corrigan went along for the ride. Corrigan and Sirionas checked down the {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} board, Sirionas showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} for a Broadway straight and Stylianou flipped over {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs} as he exited the tournament area.

Three-handed play lasted for 90-minutes and ended with the elimination of Rob Thomas. Corrigan opened to 65,000 and Thomas three-bet to 150,000 and then called when Corrigan set him all-in. Thomas turned over {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and was racing against the {A-Spades}{K-Spades} of Corrigan. It was a race that Thomas would ultimately lose because the five community cards fell {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. Game over for Thomas.

Sirionas and Corrigan decided to split the remaining prize pool evenly, with both taking £24,000 and leaving the trophy and Grand Final seat to play for.

After almost an hour of one-on-one play it was all over and done with. A flurry of action saw an all-in bet and a call, Corrigan tabling {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and Sirionas {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. The {Q-Hearts}{K-Spades}{7-Spades} flop improved Sirions to a set, with the {7-Hearts} turn leaving Corrigan drawing dead. The inconsequential {3-Spades} completed the board and Sirionas was announced as champion.

2014 GUKPT Cardiff Main Event Final Table Results

1Vaidas Sirionas£24,000*
2Mick Corrigan£24,000*
3Rob Thomas£11,900
4Nik Stylianou£7,800
5James Fisher£5,400
6Stuart Costa£3,900
7Charlie Denton£3,200
8Ralph David£2,700
9Tim Marhsall£2,300

*reflects a heads-up deal

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to Reading on July 30 through August 3. When the tour last rolled into Reading, 140 players bought in and they were all outlasted by James Martin who defeated Jeff Kimber heads-up and took £22,640 after a heads-up deal.

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Thanks to the GUKPT Blog for the lead image and data used to create this article.

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