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Stephen Foster Wins the 2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event

Stephen Foster: 2015 GUKPT Leeds champion
  • Stephen Foster wins the 2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event for £24,500

  • 2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event ends in a four-way chop

  • Online star, Luke Fields, falls in fifth place in the 2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event

In November 2014, Stephen Foster topped a field of 93 players in a £330 buy-in side event at the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool festival and returned home with £6,870. Yesterday, Foster was the last man standing in the 2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event, a result that netted him a career-best score of £24,500.

Day 3, the final day’s play, in the GUKPT Leeds Main Event saw 15 players return to their seats with Simon Taberham leading the way and Foster languishing towards the bottom of the chip counts. However, Foster’s fortunes changed for the better when his {A-Spades}{3-Spades} came from behind to beat the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of Taberham and he never looked back.

After an hour’s play, Ian Burdon three-bet shoved for 12 big blinds over the top of a Taberham opening raise. Taberham called with {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Burdon showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. Much like in Foster’s double-up hand, ace-king was no good because the five community cards fell {9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} to bust Burdon.

Baz Hussain then fell in 14th place and was followed to the sidelines by Tom Middleton, Theo Drekolias, Norman Reynolds, and Masud Prodhan, the latter’s exit confirming the official final table.

2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Final Table

1Gary Whitehead332,500
2Simon Taberham1,234,000
3Thomas Besnier727,500
4John Woodhead368,000
5Stephen Foster269,500
6Richard Hawes368,000
7Luke Fields1,310,000
8George Wainberg319,500
9Renee Xie51,500

A double elimination kicked the final table off in style. Luke Fields opened to 25,000 with {Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, George Wainberg called with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Renee Xie pushed all-in for her last 18,500. Another three players called so it was six-handed to the {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop. Fields bet 33,000 and only Wainberg called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Field bet 55,000 before instantly calling when Wainberg pushed all-in for 220,000. The river was the {3-Hearts}, Wainberg’s two pair were not enough to save him and he fell by the wayside, as did Xie after she turned over {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}.

Gary Whitehead saw his tournament end with a seventh place finish after losing a coinflip to the seemingly unstoppable Fields.

Fields limped in the small blind, Whitehead moved all-in for 240,000 from the big blind and Fields wasted no time in calling. Whitehead’s hopes were pinned to the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} in his hand, while Fields held {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. The tens stayed ahead on the {5-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop, fell behind on the {Q-Clubs} turn and then lost when the {6-Spades} landed on the river.

Taberham then made a brave call to eliminate Richard Hawes in sixth place. Hawes limped on the button, Fields complete his small blind and Taberham checked in the big blind. Fields led for 33,000 on the {3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{j-Hearts} flop and both of his opponents called.

Fields led again, this time for 77,000 on the {10-Spades} turn and was again called by both of his opponents. The {A-Clubs} river saw Fields check, Taberham do the same and Hawes announce all-in for 383,000. Fields made a seemingly agonising fold, but Taberham tank-called with {K-Hearts}{J-Spades} and was correct to call as Hawes showed {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and was gone in sixth place.

Running into pocket aces generally doesn’t end well, just as Fields who did this and fell in fifth place.

John Woodhead opened to 55,000 and Fields called from the big blind. Fields then checked on the {5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop, Woodhead fired a bet of 80,000 and Fields check-raised all-in. Woodhead called and flipped over {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}, a much stronger hand than the {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts} of Fields. The aces remained true as the {8-Diamonds} was followed into play by the {10-Diamonds} and Fields was eliminated.

Shortly after Fields’ exit, Foster doubled his stack to one million chips, prompting the final four players to pause the clock and discuss a deal for the remaining prize pool. Those discussions ended with the foursome agreeing to take £19,500 each with the eventual champion winning an additional £5,000.

Thomas Besnier didn’t get his hands on the extra cash as he bust in fourth place. Besnier committed 20 big blinds preflop with {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} and was snapped off by John Woodhead and his {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. The board was a rather drama-less {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and with that Besnier was gone.

Third place went to Taberham who got his last chips in with {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and will feel unfortunate to run into Foster’s {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} as it left him drawing to three outs. That trio failed to appear as the board ran {J-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts} to send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Foster held a 3,730,000 to 1,250,000 chip lead over Woodhead and it proved to be too much of a gap for Woodhead to bridge.

After less than 10 minutes of one-on-one action, Foster raised and was called. The dealer fanned the {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop, a flop that Foster bet 125,000 on and then called when Woodhead raised to 300,000. Both players then checked the {A-Clubs} before a flurry of action on the {K-Hearts} river saw Woodhead all-in with {K-Diamonds}{6-Spades} only to be sent to the rail when Foster turned over {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} – Foster became the GUKPT Leeds champion.

2015 GUKPT Leeds Main Event final table results

1Stephen Foster£24,500*
2John Woodhead£19,500*
3Simon Taberham£19,500*
4Thomas Besnier£19,500*
5Luke Fields£6,500
6Richard Hawes£3,850
7Gary Whitehead£3,850
8George Wainberg£3,100
9Renee Xie£2,600

*reflects a four-way deal

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to Luton on September 13 through September 20. Satellites for the £1,090 buy-in Main Event are running now at Grosvenor Poker which if you sign up to via UK & Ireland PokerNews you can claim a 200% match up to £1,200 first deposit bonus.

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