Harry Law Wins the 2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event

Harry Law: 2014 GUKPT Leeds Champion

Harry Law made the trip from London to Leeds with a bunch of friends last week to compete in the inaugural 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Main Event. He’ll return to “The Big Smoke” with £32,500 and the coveted GUKPT trophy after he topped a 228-strong field to become the tournament’s champion.

When play on the third and final day kicked off at midday on Sunday, Law was sat in the middle of the pack, his 222,000 chips being enough to place him eighth from the 16 returnees, but within half-an-hour, Law had busted Adam Chadwick when his {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} held against {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} to push his stack towards the 400,000 mark.

Over the next four hours, 16th place finisher Chadwick was followed to the cashier’s cage by Martin Sanderson, former GUKPT champion Jamie O’Connor, Craig Dawson, Jim Gardner, Ken Usher and Liam Crawford, with Crawford’s exit in 10th place setting the final table.

2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Final Table

1Michael Devlin701,000
2Michael Howard883,000
3Willie Tann289,500
4Ben Turnstill291,500
5Harry Law264,500
6Dom Mahoney473,500
7Martin Paul679,000
8Mark Evans724,000
9Jonny Cooper454,500

Law may have started play at the final table as the shortest stack, but after an hour’s play, he had chipped up to 850,000 and was completely bossing his opponents.

Michael Devlin was the first casualty on the final table when he raised all-in for 200,000 at the 12,000/24,000/3,000a level with what turned out to be {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} over the top of an opening raise from Law. Law called with the far superior {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} and when the board ran {10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} it was curtains for Devlin.

Almost immediately after Devlin crashed out, Law sent Dom Mahoney to the sidelines. Mahoney was down to 10 big blinds and pushed those into the middle of felt when he was first to act in early position. Law called from the big blind and flipped over {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, which was way ahead of the {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs} of Mahoney. That fact remained true by the river of the {2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} board and the tournament was down to seven players.

Those seven became six less than 10 minutes later when a short-stacked Willie Tann looked down at {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and decided to gamble all-in for his last eight big blinds. Sadly for Tann, Michael Howard was sat waiting in the wings with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and had an easy call to make. Call he did and wen the five community cards fell {j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds} Tann became the seventh place finisher.

The final six players butted heads for 90-minutes before something finally gave and Ben Turnstill busted out.

Everyone folded to Howard in the small blind and he moved all-in. Turnstill snapped Howard’s bet off from the big blind, calling off his remaining 270,000 chips – nine big blinds – with {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and discovering that he was in decent shape against Howard’s {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}.

The {4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop was kind to Turnstill and his hand remained best. The {3-Clubs} landed on the turn to give Howard some outs to an open-ended straight draw, with the {6-Clubs} being the river card, which improved Howard to a pair of sixes and resigned Turnstill to a sixth place finish.

Next to fall was start-of-the-day chip leader Martin Paul who pushed all-in with {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and was looked up by the {k-Hearts}{j-Spades} of Mark Evans. The {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop propelled Evans into the lead and when the turn and river came the {q-Clubs} and {7-Spades} Paul’s tournament was over.

Fourth place went to Jonny Cooper as the clock approached 9:45 p.m. on Sunday night. Cooper limped from the small blind and then instantly called when Howard moved all-in from the next seat along.

Cooper tabled the powerhouse hand that is {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and looked set for a much needed double against the {a-Spades}{6-Hearts} of Howard. That was until the dealer fanned the {9-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs} board to gift Howard a straight and leaving Cooper with a legitimate bad beat story.

Evans fell by the wayside an hour later in a cooler of a hand. The chips went into the middle of a {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{k-Diamonds} board, Evans holding {4-Spades}{2-Clubs} for trip deuces and finding Law sat there with {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for a full house! The {q-Diamonds} wasn’t what Evans was looking for and he crashed out in third place.

The heads-up match between Law and Howard was a short affair, thanks in part to Law sitting down with 3,843,000 chips to Howard’s 718,000.

Ten minutes after the pair locked horns, Howard bet 100,000 on a {4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Spades} flop, Law raised to 220,000 and Howard jammed all-in. Law called and the cards were flipped onto their backs.

Law: {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Howard: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}

Howard needed one of the two remaining sevens in order to prevent Law from becoming the 2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event champion, but we already know that Law takes this bad boy down! The {a-Spades} on the turn was a blank, as was the {j-Diamonds} river, which busted Howard in second place and left Law to celebrate the second major tournament win of his career so far.

2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Final Table Results

1Harry Law£32,500
2Michael Howard£21,350
3Mark Evans£13,300
4Jonny Cooper£8,700
5Martin Paul£5,900
6Ben Turnstill£4,450
7Willie Tann£3,550
8Dom Mahoney£2,850
9Michael Devlin£2,400

Next on the agenda for the GUKPT is a trip to one of British poker’s spiritual homes, Luton. It may not be the most glamourous city in the world, yet it holds a special place in many poker players’ hearts and should be another casino-filling turnout when the Main Event begins during the second week of October.

As for Law, he may be a cash game specialist by trade, yet he seems to do more than OK for himself in the live tournament arena. At the start of 2014, Law finished fifth in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event and has since racked up a further three cashes in major tournaments in London and Europe. This won't be the last we see of Law, that is for certain.

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

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