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Raul Martinez Wins the 2015 GUKPT Reading Main Event

Raul Martinez: 2015 GUKPT Reading champion

Raul Martinez finished Day 1a of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading Main Event as the chip leader and never looked back. Martinez ended Day 2 second from 17 in chips and when the dust settled on Sunday night, Martinez was the last man standing, the newest member of the GUKPT winner’s family.

Driton Haxhiaj was the first to fall on Day 3, the final day’s play, and he was followed to the exits over the next two hours by Ian Francis, Vaidas Siriunas, Andrew Seabright, Mark English, Martin Holmes, Andrew Christoforou, and Leon Mills.

Mills was the unfortunate soul who burst the final table bubble. Martinez raised all-in from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Mills called with the dominated {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}. Mills’ situation grew worse with the arrival of the {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop and when the {A-Diamonds} landed on the turn it was game over for Mills. The inconsequential {Q-Diamonds} completed the board and the final table was set/

2015 GUKPT Reading Final Table

1Aaron Bigg304,500
2Harry Dukes430,000
3Hui Jin343,500
4Andrey Veselov961,500
5Lee Doran152,000
6Julian Davies483,000
7Raul Martinez1,280,000
8David Lloyd444,500
9Florian Andrei552,000

Lee Doran was the first casualty of the final table, busting as the 22nd level came into play. With blinds of 6,000/12,000/2,000a, Martinez raised to 35,000 and Doren three-bet all-in from the big blind with what turned out to be {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Martinez snap-called, as would you if you held {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}. The {3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{j-Hearts} board was void of dram and Doran bust.

Fifteen minutes later, Aaron Biggs fell by the wayside. Julian Davies min-raised to 32,000 and Biggs re-raised all-in for 220,000 in total. Davies called, turning over {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} as he did so and discovered he was flipping against Biggs’ {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The {4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop kept Biggs’ queen ahead, but Davies caught a runner-runner straight when the {5-Clubs} turn was followed into play by the {3-Clubs} river to send a disappointed Biggs home in eighth place.

Seventh place went to Florian Andrei who shoved his last 10 big blinds into the middle of the felt with {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} and was looked up by David Lloyd with {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}. An ace in the window of the {A-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} board was more than enough to send Andrei home and leave only six players in the hunt for the title.

Those six became five with the exit of Lloyd. Martinez opened from the button with {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and then called when Lloyd three-bet from the big blind with {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. The dealer spread the {K-Hearts}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop and after a brief raising war, Lloyd found himself all-in and at risk of elimination.

Lloyd needed a queen to stay in the tournament but no ladies appeared as the {2-Hearts} was followed by the {4-Clubs} and Lloyd exited stage left.

Almost an hour later, Andrey Veselov was sent to the rail by Davies. Veselov moved all-in for around eight big blinds with {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and was in terrible shape against the {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} of Davies. Neither player improved by the river of the {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} board, but it wasn’t Davies who needed to and Veselov’s run came to an end.

The remaining four players then sat down and discussed a deal, and reached a compromise after around 15-minutes of talks. The deal left £1,750 to play for and saw Harry Dukes lock up £17,200 , Davies £17,500 , Martinez £23,500 and Hui Jin £24,000.

Davies then ran into the run-good of Martinez, raising preflop and then firing all three streets of the {7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} board only to be shown {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} by Martinez. Davies flashed the {9-Hearts} for trip nines before mucking and heading to the cashier’s cage.

Down to 10 big blinds, Dukes needed a double-up and he tried to get it when Martinez limped from the small blind. Dukes raised all-in from the big blind with {A-Hearts}{3-Clubs} but his timing was off as Martinez had limped in – and then called the all-in bet – with {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}.

The {9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} board came into view, Dukes didn’t connect with it and heads-up was set.

Martinez went into heads-up with a 3,100,000 to 1,800,000 chip lead but soon fell behind thanks to the relentless aggression on Jin. The chip lead exchanged hands several times, but at almost 11:30pm on Sunday night, Jin moved in for 1,200,000 with {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Martinez called with {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}.

A flop reading {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} catapulted Martinez into the lead, with the {K-Clubs} on the turn being a blank. The {7-Clubs} river was not one of Jin’s two outs and he was eliminated in second place, leaving an ecstatic Martinez to become the 2015 GUKPT Reading champion.

2015 GUKPT Reading Final Table Results

1Raul Martinez£25,250*
2Hui Jin£24,000*
3Harry Dukes£17,200*
4Julian Davies£17,500*
5Andrey Veselov£6,690
6David Lloyd£4,840
7Florian Andrei£3,970
8Aaron Biggs£3,340
9Lee Boran£2,860

*reflects a four-way deal

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to Leeds between July 26 and August 2. Qualifiers are available at Grosvenor Poker, where if you download via UK & Ireland PokerNews you can claim a 100% up to £500 first deposit bonus.

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