Ben Winsor Crowned 2015 GUKPT Grand Final Champion

Ben Winsor: 2015 GUKPT Grand Final champion
  • Ben Winsor wins the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final and returns home with £178,600.

  • James Akenhead's 2015 GUKPT Grand Final run ends in a third place finish worth £72,500.

The record-breaking 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final has its champion, a man who is now £178,600 richer than he was a few days ago and who now has a brace of GUKPT titles to his name. Step forward Ben Winsor.

2015 GUKPT Grand Final Results

1Ben Winsor£178,600
2Alex Zervos£118,100
3James Akenhead£72,500
4Patrick Frew£46,300
5Ronaldo Amirahiri£31,400
6Simon Deadman£23,100
7Alex Zeligman£18,000
8Mikhail Petrov£14,800
9Will Davies£12,200

Winsor is a regular fixture on the GUKPT and has some impressive results on the long-running tour. He finished third in the 2013 GUKPT Didsbury Main Event (£9,945) before reaching another final table the following year, busting in fifth place in Southend (£6,750). Also in 2014, Winsor came fourth in Brighton (£7,800), then won the Walsall Main Event (£29,000), and rounded out 2014 with a 10th place in Cardiff (£1,900).

Now Winsor has his first six-figure score and a GUKPT Grand Final title.

Thirty-two players returned for Sunday’s Day 3 and with only 30 places paid you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. Within minutes of the day commencing, Antonious Koukouras three-bet all-in over a Sergio Aido raise with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and Aido looked him up with {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The kings held and Koukouras bust two places off the money.

It took almost an hour of hand-for-hand to burst the bubble, and when it did pop it was Fraser MacIntyre who became the last player not to receive any prize money. Simon Deadman opened to 20,000 with {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and then called when MacIntyre three-bet all-in for 76,000 with what turned out to be {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. MacIntyre looked set to double up until a jack landed on the river of the {10-Hearts}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{J-Hearts} board to send him home in 31st place with nothing but memories and a round of applause to show for his efforts.

A constant stream of eliminations kept the cashiers busy with the likes of Tamer Kamel, Jason Wheeler, Richard Ashby, Sergio Aido, Andrew Hulme, Adrian Mateos, and Eli Heath falling before the nine-handed final table was reached.

Final Table Seat Draw

1Simon Deadman898,000
2James Akenhead359,000
3Alex Zeligman323,000
4Will Davies512,000
5Alexios Zervos1,347,000
6Mikhail Petrov758,000
7Ronaldo Amirahiri856,000
8Ben Winsor1,800,000
9Patrick Frew1,149,000

A double elimination saw the final table kick off in spectacular fashion. Mikhail Petrov opened to 50,000 and Patrick Frew called. Will Davies squeezed all-in for 450,000 only to see Alexios Zervos raise all-in for 1,300,000 and Petrov call off his remaining 650,000 stack. Frew got out of the way.

Davies: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Zervos: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Petrov: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}

The {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop kept the aces ahead, but the {Q-Diamonds} turn gifted Zervos and almost unbeatable hand. The {8-Diamonds} completed the board and with it sent Davies home in ninth place, and Petrov to the rail in eighth.

Seventh place was decided a few minutes later when James Akenhead raised to 52,000 and called when Alex Zeligman committed his final 272,000 chips. Akenhead showed {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and was racing against the {6-Clubs}{6-Spades} of Zeligman. Akenhead paired his aces on the {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop and when the turn and river came {10-Clubs} and {3-Diamonds} it was game over for Zeligman.

Almost three hours passed before another elimination occurred, the bust out of Simon Deadman. Down to around 11 big blinds, Deadman open-shoved with {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Frew called with {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. A final board reading {2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades} improved Frew to an unnecessary straight and resigned Deadman to a sixth place finish.

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Deadman was joined on the rail by Ronaldo Amirahiri a few minutes later. Akenhead raised to 85,000 on the button with {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and called when Amirahiri three-bet all-in from the big blind for 600,000 with {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}. Akenehad’s hand was never in danger as the five community cards fell {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

As the time approached midnight, Frew fell by the wayside. Zervos raised to 125,000 at the 30,000/60,000/6,000a level then quickly called when Frew moved all-in for 850,000 in total. It was {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} for Frew versus the {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} of Zervos and when the dealer fanned the {6-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Spades} board, everyone except Frew received a pay jump.

Akenhead’s impressive run ended with a third place finish after busting at the hands of Winsor. The latter opened to 160,000 from the button, Akenhead three-bet all-in for 1,600,000 from the small blind and Winsor made the call. Winsor showed {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, and Akenhead was in bad shape with the {10-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Neither player improved on the {3-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades} board, Winsor’s ace-kicker won him the pot, and Akenhead headed off to collect £72,500.

Winsor went into the heads-up battle with a 6,045,000 to 1,960,000 lead over Zervos, and it didn’t take long to press home this advantage. Zervos made a move by pushing all-in with {10-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Winsor called with {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} before flopping a queen on the {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} board to bust Zervos in second place and leave himself to be crowned the 2015 GUKPT Grand Final champion.

2016 GUKPT Kicks Off During January

The GUKPT now goes on a hiatus until January 24 when it returns to the Grosvenor Casino Victoria for the opening leg of its 2016 tour. There’s no doubt that Winsor will be in attendance, and you could be too by qualifying for the £1,000+£100 buy-in GUKPT London Main Event at Grosvenor Poker, where if you sign up via UK & Ireland PokerNews can claim a 200% up to £1,200 first deposit bonus.

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