Adam Reynolds helped himself to the largest live tournament cash of his career so far when he took down the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event for £53,500 on October 19.
Reynolds went into the third and final day’s play at the G Casino, Luton with 307,000 chips at his disposal, enough to place him fifth from the 16 returning players. By the time David Greene, James McBride, Paul Dunne, Amy Mahrenholz, Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles, Dinarte De Sousa and Mohammed Suhail had fallen by the wayside and the final table reached, Reynolds had improved his stack to 741,000 and was in third place.
2014 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table
It took 90 minutes of action at the nine-handed final table for the first casualty to be decided. As the clock approached 5:10 p.m on Sunday afternoon, recent GUKPT Cardiff winner Vaidas Siriunas moved all-in for 120,000 from late position at the 8,000/16,000/2,000a level with the less-than-stellar and Reynolds looked him up from the big blind with . A final board reading kept Reynolds’ treys as the best hand and Siriunas exited the tournament area.
Twenty minutes later and the seasoned pro Carlo Citrone busted in eighth place. Citrone pushed his chips into the middle with the adorning the felt and was snap-called by Phil Corion. Corion turned over for a king-high flush and Citrone held for top set. The river was the , which was no help to Citrone and his tournament ended.
Next to fall was Gabrielle Carter at the hands of Panny Ellinas. The latter raised to 50,000 and then called when Carter three-bet all-in for 250,000 in total. Carter looked set for a much-needed boost to his stack because his was crushing the of Ellinas, but that fact only remained true up to the flop. The landed on the turn followed by the on the river and suddenly the final table was down to six players.
Those six became five with the cruel exit of Todd Cairns who crashed out in a hand against European Poker Tour (EPT) Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard.
Cairns raised preflop, Ziyard three-bet and was called. The dealer fanned the onto the felt, Ziyard fired a continuation bet of 78,000 and Cairns called. The paired the board and Ziyard moved all-in, putting Cairns at risk for his 450,000 stack. Cairns eventually called to discover his was far superior to the that Ziyard had made his move with. Sadly, for Cairns at least, his gutsy call was not rewarded because the river was the , propelling Ziyard to 1,800,000 in chips and sending a disappointed Cairns to the rail.
Another two hours played out before Richard Pipe busted to become the fifth place finisher. Corion opened the betting and called when Pipe re-raised all-in over the top of it. Pipe flipped over and was ahead of the lowly in Corion’s hand. The flop gifted both players a pair, with the being a relative blank. The river was anything but blank because it gave Corion two pair and sent Pipe to the rail.
Despite holding a huge chip lead at one stage it was Ziyard who fell next. Reynolds raised preflop and was called by both Ziyard and Corion. Reynolds made it 95,000 to go on the flop, Ziyard raised to 190,000 and Corion folded. Reynolds then moved all-in and Ziyard opted to call.
Reynolds revealed and Ziyard the . The on the turn meant Ziyard couldn’t wn regardless of which card landed on the river, rendering the meaningless.
Almost immediately after Ziyard’s demise, Panny Ellinas crashed out in third place. After raising to 80,000, Ellinas called all-in for his remaining 750,000 when Corion three-bet jammed over the top of him. Both hands were not what the baying crowds expects, Corion showing and Ellinas . By the river the board read and heads-up was set.
Thanks to sending Ellinas to the rail, Corion held a narrow 2,200,000 to 2,000,000 chip lead over Reynolds and talks of a deal began. It didn’t take long for the players to agree to take £50,000 each, leaving £3,500 and the £2,000 Grand Final seat to play for.
The extra money and seat is now in the possession of Reynolds after the latter excelled heads-up and soared into a substantial lead. The final hand saw Corion move all-in with and Reynolds call with . A four on the flop of the board was more than enough to bust Corion and leave Reynolds to bask in the glory that comes with winning such a prestigious title.
2014 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table Results
Next up for the GUKPT is Leg 10 in the seaside town of Blackpool This stop is traditionally one of the best attended on the GUKPT circuit so we fully expect a bumper crowd when the Main Event kicks off on November 13.
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