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Will Davies Crowned 2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Champion

Will Davies: 2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event champion


  • Will Davies comes back from a near 3:1 chip deficit heads-up to win GUKPT Luton

  • Richard Kellett falls in third place and now has three GUKPT cashes, all of which are final table appearances

  • Tour next stops in Blackpool in early November

The 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event has its champion after Will Davies emerged victorious to get his hands on the coveted GUKPT trophy and the impressive £65,550 first place prize that comes with such an accolade.

2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table

1Will Davies£65,550
2Gary Banks£42,950
3Richard Kellett£36,990
4Janis Peternieks£17,600
5Chris Gordon£12,250
6Ben Morrison£8,800
7Martin Bader£7,200
8Wai Yuen£6,150
9Carl Spicer£5,150

Davies went into the third and final day’s play with 144,500 chips, which placed him 13th from the 23 returning players and saw him sit down under the radar as most eyes were on some of the more better-known players such as chip leader Richard Kellett.

Kellett improved his dominant position by sending Nathan Lee to the raise shortly after Day 2 began and then cracking the {A-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} of Edward Overall with {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} when the board ran {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{3-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. Overall’s exit left the players on the money bubble and that burst when Martin Holmes raised to 17,000 on the button and was called by Ben Morrison and Athir Ali in the blinds.

Morrison and Ali checked on the {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop and Holmes moved all-in for 75,000. Morrison re-shoved, Ali folded and the cards were revealed: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for Morrison and {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for Holmes. The {7-Diamonds} peeled off on the turn to lock up the hand for Morrison and when the {7-Hearts} completed the community cards the bubble burst.

Reigning GUKPT Luton champion, Adam Reynolds, was the first player to bust inside the money places and he was followed out of the door by Andrey Dimitrov, Chris Cooper, Danny Tran, David Stonehouse, Season 1 of the GUKPT Luton champion David Clark, a beardless Jerome Bradpiece, Neil McCulloch, Stephen Docherty, Nim Rattan and the final table bubble boy, Athir Ali.

2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Final Table

1Richard Kellett1,272,000
2Martin Bader224,000
3Will Davies358,000
4Gary Banks563,000
5Wai Yuen382,000
6Ben Morrison600,000
7Janis Peternieks370,000
8Carl Spicer150,000
9Chris Gordon599,000

With the blinds set at 10,000/20,000/2,000a Carl Spicer was in a desperate situation with a mere seven big blinds in his stack. His attempted to win the blinds and antes with {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} were thwarted by the dominating {A-Spades}{K-Spades} of Chris Gordon. Both players paired their ace on the {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop but when the turn nor the river was a deuces, Spicer was sent to the rail in ninth place.

Davies then saw his stack received a timely boost when he eliminated Wai Yuen in eighth place courtesy of a coinflip. The stacks of both players went into the middle of the felt, Yuen holding {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} and Davies the {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}. Yuen couldn’t find any of her six outs on the {6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts} board and the tournament was left with only seven players.

Those seven became six when Martin Bader, one of the GUKPT’s most successful regulars, bust at the hands of Kellett. The action folded to Kellett in the small blind and he moved all-in to put Bader to the test for his 200,000 stack, which was worth a shade over eight big blinds at this stage. Bader called with {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and lost out when the five community cards ran {7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}.

Ben Morrison was the next to fall, busting in sixth place after a clash with Kellett didn’t go to play. Morrison put his 260,000 stack on the line with {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and was called by Kellett with {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in a hand that echoed Tuen’s exit. As in that hand, the jacks remained the best hand as the dealer spread the {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs} board.

Next to fall was Chris Gordon who had an infamous death by quads. Gordon had earlier lost a big pot against Janis Peternieks when he committed his stack with bottom two pair versus top pair and Peternieks hit an unlikely runner-runner-straight.

Gordon managed to double a couple of times but when he moved all-in with {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs} he was looked up by Davies’ {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Davies flopped a full house when the first three community cards fell {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and then improved to four-of-a-kind sixes with the arrival of the {6-Clubs} turn. The {7-Clubs} river only served to complete the hand and confirm Gordon’s exit.

Four-handed play lasted around two hours and ended with the elimination of Peternieks. Davies opened the betting with a raise to 110,000 at the 25,000/50,000/5,000a level, Pieternieks three-bet all-in for 816,000 and Davies called. Pieternieks turned over the lowly {10-Spades}{3-Hearts} and was in terrible shape against the {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} of Davies. An ace on the {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop left Pieternieks drawing to running threes, so was drawing dead on the {8-Clubs} turn.

Kellett was the next to bust in third place. Gary Banks opened with {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and called when Kellett three-bet all-ion for 15 big blinds with the {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. A final board reading {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} was more than enough to see Kellett crash out in third place and send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Banks went into the one-on-one battle with David holding a 3,150,000 to 1,350,000 chip advantage, but a cooler hand turned the contest on its head. A preflop raising battle saw the players’ stacks in the middle of the table. Banks holding {A-}{Q-} and Davies {K-}{K-}. The kings remained the best hand to see Davies soar to 4,000,000 and leave Banks nursing a 500,000 stack.

Davies was crowned champion a few minutes later when Banks moved all-in with {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Davies looked him up with {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The final board of the £200,000 guaranteed tournament fell {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades}, sending Banks home in second place and leaving Davies to become the 2015 GUKPT Luton champion.

There’s a break on the GUKPT now until November 8 when the tour heads to Blackpool for the penultimate stop on the 2015 circuit. Blackpool is traditionally one of the most fun stops on the tour so if you want to be part of the festivities download Grosvenor Poker via PokerNews and get qualifying online.

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