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Ryan Foster Wins the Record-Breaking 2014 GUKPT Goliath

Ryan Foster: 2014 GUKPT Goliath champion

Ryan Foster is the name you find when you search poker’s archives for the winner of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath Main Event after he outlasted the 3,394 strong field to become the record-breaking tournament’s champion and be the recipient of £62,120 in prize money.

Saturday’s Day 2 played out at a blistering pace with the 507 returnees whittled to a more manageable final 26. Those 26 hopefuls returned to the G Casino in Coventry on Sunday to play out the final day of the event, each having locked up £880 for their £100+£20 buy-in.

Day 3 kicked off at 12:00 p.m and three hours later the final table reached. Jake Rowe was the final table bubble boy, committing his chips with {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades} on a {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop only to be called by Mark Adams and his {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}. No help arrived for Rowe on the turn or river and the final table was set.

2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event Final Table

1Mark Adams25,230,000
2Phil Stein2,175,000
3Adam Nice7,095,000
4Ryan Foster5,020,000
5Neville Price11,330,000
6Rodrigo Hernandez10,890,000
7Mihaly Jancso4,420,000
8Arjun Ruparel13,845,000
9Liam Horton5,130,000

Liam Horton was the first casualty of the final table and therefore the ninth place finisher. Horton committed his 3.2 million stack with {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and ran slap-bang into the {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} of Neville Price. A {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{q-Hearts}{5-Spades} board that was void of aces kept the red kings of Price in front and sent Horton to the rail.

Horton’s seat hadn’t gone cold when Phil Stein busted to give the finalists a little more elbow room.

On a {k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop, Stein moved his short stack all-in with {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and will count himself unfortunate to see Price sat there with the dominating {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. Stein needed a ten and only a ten to stay in the tournament, but the {a-Hearts} turn and {8-Spades} river were most definitely not tens and Stein exited the tournament area.

A few minutes after Stein’s demise, Foster won a coinflip with {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} versus the {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} of Adams to double up and claw his way back into contention. Little did anyone know at the time that this hand would be the turning point of the entire tournament; funny how poker works sometimes.

Seventh place went to Adam Nice, who pushed all-in for 11 big blinds with {k-Spades}{4-Diamonds} when the action folded to him in the small blind. Foster was the big blind and he called with {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} to put Nice at risk of elimination. The risk became reality when the five community cards ran {j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, leaving only six players in the hunt for glory.

Those six became five shortly after Nice’s exit when Foster won another big coinflip with ace-king to send Mihaly Jancso to the rail. Jancso opened to 1.5 million and called off the rest of his 5 million stack when Foster three-bet all-in.

It was the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} of Foster racing against the {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} of Jancso and those red snowmen looked to be holding as the board ran {6-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, but the {a-Diamonds} propelled Foster into the lead, melted Jancso’s snowmen and his hopes of being the 2014 Goliath champion were washed away.

Jancso’s exit meant the surviving players were guaranteed a five-figure score when they busted. Despite a number of all-in and calls, the next elimination wasn’t for three hours until Arjun Ruparel jammed all-in from the button with {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and Adams snapped him off with {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} in the small blind.

The {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop flirted with the idea of coming to Ruparel’s rescue, nonetheless the {q-Clubs} and {8-Clubs} completed the board and ended Ruparel’s tournament in fourth place.

Heads-up was set around an hour later when Foster moved all-in from the small blind with {a-Spades}{3-Clubs} to put Price to the ultimate test for his remaining 16 million chips. Price called with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and was ahead, although only until the {q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop. The {j-Diamonds} was followed into play by the {k-Hearts} and Price became the third place finisher.

Foster held a commanding 65.5 million to 18.3 million chip leader and despite the valiant effort from Adams, the gap proved to be too much to bridge.

The final hand of the tournament happened as the clocks turned to 11:30 p.m on Sunday and saw Adams move all-in for eight big blinds with what turned out to be {7-Spades}{6-Spades}. Foster called with {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and was in great shape to win the hand and the entire tournament.

Foster’s hand improved on the {q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop, leaving Adams drawing to running sixes or running spades. The {a-Spades} on the turn was one of his outs, but he needed the river to be black and a spade to be exact. It wasn’t black though, it was the {4-Hearts} and with that Adams finished in second place and Foster had won the 2014 GUKPT Goliath and it mammoth-sized £62,120 first place prize.

2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event Final Table Results

1Ryan Foster£62,120
2Mark Adams£40,700
3Neville Price£27,140
4Arjun Ruparel£18,990
5Rodrigo Hernandez£13,570
6Mihaly Jancso£8,820
7Adam Nice£5,430
8Phil Stein£3,390
9Liam Horton£2,710

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