James Mitchell Crowned 2015 GUKPT Edinburgh Champion

James Mitchell and Colin Wu

We wrote in our Day 2 recap of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Edinburgh Main Event that James Mitchell was the most experienced players among the final 19 and that experience shone through as the former Irish Open champion navigated his way to victory on Sunday evening.

Within minutes of Day 3 commencing, a short stacked Andrew Tengthe tournament’s 2014 winner – pushed all-in for 100,000 chips with {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Paul Strachan called with {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. The {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop gave Strachan outs to a flush, but he didn’t need them as he spiked the {7-Hearts} on the turn. The {5-Spades} failed to rescue Teng and the tournament was down to its final two tables.

From here, Pip Arthur, Dean Lyall, Ken Fong, Todd Cairns,James Sassi, Chris Craig, Martin Devine, William Runciman and Steven Duncan all crashed out before the clocks struck 3:00 p.m. leaving only nine players in the hunt for the £33,930 first place prize.

2015 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event Final Table

1David Maclean178,000
2James Mitchell819,000
3Mindaugas Kriaciunas303,000
4Stephen Wood394,000
5Richard Clyde492,000
6Usman Ulhaq280,000
7Colin Wu1,008,000
8Gary Bertram216,000
9Paul Strachan854,000

With the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000a, there were a couple of players that needed to double their stacks sooner rather than later. One such player was Gary Bertram who shipped his 180,000 chips into the middle with {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Stephen Wood called from the big blind with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}. Wood proceeded to flop an ace and turn trips on the {6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{j-Hearts} board and Bertram was gone.

Ten minutes later, Bertram had some company on the rail in the shape of David Maclean. {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} was the hand selected to move all-in for 150,000 chips by Maclean and he found a caller in Colin Wu in the big blind who held {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop left Maclean drawing thin, with the {7-Clubs} turn leaving him drawing dead. An inconsequential {2-Hearts} completed the community cards and confirmed Maclean’s exit.

The frantic pace continued and claimed the tournament life of Usman Ulhaq in seventh place. Usman looked down at {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and ppushed his 200,000 stack over the betting line, only to be looked up by Mitchell and his {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Although Usman improved to a pair on the {8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop, the {5-Hearts} turn and {2-Clubs} river missed him and he exited the tournament area to collect £3,740.

Sixth place was decided less than five minutes later when on a {A-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop, Mitchell led into three opponents with an 85,000 bet, Wood raised all-in for 452,000 and the other two players mucked. Mitchell called with {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for top pair and it was the correct call as Usman held {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for a flush draw. Both the turn and river were black and Usman’s tournament came to an end.

Amazingly, there were two more eliminations within the next 15-minutes. First, Richard Clyde committed his 300,000 chips with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}, Mitchell called with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and won the flip when the five community cards ran [qh2h5hth98c].

Then the 250,000 chips in Mindaugas Kriauciunas’ stack were in the middle of the felt with {A-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Colin Wu looked him up with {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Neither player improved on the {7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} board, Wu’s kicker played and Kriauciunas was no more.

Paul Strachan’s exit 20-minutes after Kriauciunas’ bust out left the tournament in its heads-up stage. Stachan came unstuck when he moved all-in for 500,000 chips with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} on the turn of the {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs} board only to run into the {K-Clubs}{2-Clubs} of Wu. The {9-Spades} fell on the river and Strachan fell by the wayside.

Mitchell went into heads-up with a narrow 2,443,000 to 2,101,000 chip lead over Wu and with blinds of 12,000/24,000 going into the one-on-one battle it could have been a long slog. It did take two hours to complete, with Mitchell winning the key pots, including the final hand where Wu bet 75,000 on the {6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop, Mitchell raised to 200,000 and then called when Wu made it 470,000 to continue.

The turn came the {9-Clubs}, Wu moved all-in for around one million chips and Mitchell quickly called, as would you had you been holding {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for a set of threes. Wu showed {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} and when the {4-Diamonds} completed the board, Wu bust and Mitchell added the title of 2015 GUKPT Edinburgh champion to his already impressive poker curriculum vitae.

2015 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event Final Table

1James Mitchell£33,930
2Colin Wu£22,230
3Paul Strachan£13,920
4Mindaugas Kriauciunas£9,130
5Richard Clyde£6,320
6Stephen Wood£4,560
7Usman Ulhad£3,740
8David Maclean£3,160
9Gary Bertram£2,690

Next on the agenda for the GUKPT is a journey back down the UK and into Wales for the Cardiff leg. The Grosvenor Casino Cardiff at the Red Dragon Centre is the place to be between May 24 and May 31 and you can qualify for the £500+£50 buy-in Main Event for a fraction of the cost online at Grosvenor Poker.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog

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