The 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event has its champion and that champion is none other than Jonny Gray, who is now £69,000 better off than he was last week.
2015 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal
Gray almost became a GUKPT winner in April 2014 when he finished as runner-up to Andrew Teng in Edinburgh. This weekend, Gray made amends for that close call by defeating Yiannis Liperis heads-up (after the pair struck a deal) to get his hands on his first major live title.
Day 3 began with 18 players, a number reduced to 17 within minutes of the restart. Miikka Toikka, the reigning GUKPT Goliath champion, was the shortest stack with around 12 big blinds, and they went into the pot with him holding . Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu called with and when the five community cards fell Toikka’s run was over.
Shortly after Toikka’s demise, a double elimination sent Matt Davenport and Chris Scholes to the rail and Colin Gillon to the top of the chip counts.
Davenport pushed all-in with for ten big blinds and Scholes attempted to isolate him with an all-in bet of his own for 29 big blinds with . It was a plan that could have worked had Gillion not woke up in the small blind with to make the call. A final board reading saw the kings hold, and the player count reduced to 15.
Craig Applegate fell in 15th place, and he was followed to the sidelines by Dave Seagar, Paul Worsley, Waheed Ashraf, Gareth Acreman, and Kiat Lee, the latter’s exit setting the final table.
2015 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Final Table
Blinds at the final table started at 6,000/12,000/1,500, so some of the players were relatively short on chips. One player, Neville White, whittled down to 330,000, and he pushed those chip in with and ran into Eminoglu’s . No helped arrive for Neville on the and White bust.
Andrew Hulme then fell in eighth place when his lost a race versus Eminoglu’s , before a short stacked Dennis Troake’s failed to get there versus Gillon’s .
Sixth place went to Emingolu, who shipped ten big blinds in with and Lukas Dimsa looked him up with the dominating . The flop left Eminoglu drawing very thin, with the turn leaving him drawing dead. The inconsequential completed the board and Eminoglu’s demise.
The final five became four with the exit of Dimsa who five-bet all-in with and was called by Gray and his . Neither Dimsa nor Gray improved on the meaning Gray’s king-kicker played, and Dimsa crashed out.
Four-handed play spanned 40-minutes and ended with the elimination of Gillon. An all-in raise of 252,000 from Gillon was three-bet to 500,000 by Gray, and when Liperis folded, the cards were revealed. Gillon showed and Gray . The flop gave Gillon a sweat, but that’s all he had because the turn and river missed him to send him to the rail.
Heads-up was set when Arthur “The Colonel” Harvey fell in third place. He pushed all-in for 400,000 on the flop holding and Liperis called with for trip sixes. The turn gave Harvey some outs, which failed to materialise on the river where the landed.
Gray went into heads-up with a 3,180,000 to 2,325,000 chip lead, but that did not stop him discussing a deal with Liperis. Those negotiations failed, and heads-up play began.
After 30-minutes of play, during which time the chip lead exchanged hands a couple of times, the players opted to take £61,000 each and play for the remaining £8,000.
Liperis began forging a lead for himself and had Gray down to 10 big blinds at one stage, but Gray fought back valiantly – flopping a boat and turning quads helped! Then at 01:15 am on Monday morning, Gray moved all-in, and Liperis called off his 17 big blinds. Liperis flipped over and was racing versus Gray’s . A six-friendly board sent Liperis home in second place and left Gray to be crowned the 2015 GUKPT Blackpool champion.
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