The partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour headed to Stamford Bridge this weekend for the second leg of its debut season, and it marked the first GPPT event held at a football stadium. Players turned out in droves to play in the £250,000 guaranteed Main Event – more than 3,200 in total – as they enjoyed a near £60,000 overlay. The lion’s share of the prize pool, namely £35,000, is now with Sunny Mistri, the tournament’s champion.
2015 Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge Results
Mistri got off to a flying start in the Stamford Bridge Main Event, finishing Day 1 with a massive stack of more than 729,000 chips, enough for third place going into Day 2. By the time Mistri reached the final table, he had increased his stack to 13 million.
The official final table was meant to be an eight-handed affair, but a double elimination with only nine players remaining put paid to that. A three-way all-in involving Chung Pak, Martyna Valkunas, and Hristo Genov saw the latter two bust to leave seven players in the hunt for the £35,000 first place prize.
2015 Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge Final Table
First to fall at the final table was Vincent Sanchez, who was all-in from under the gun with and looked up by Tony Vu and his superior . No help arrived for Sanchez on the board and the table became a six-handed contest.
Those six became five as Vu sent Dave Mundle to the rail. Mundle’s tournament life depended on his improving against Vu’s dominating , but it didn’t improve as the five community cards ran to bust Mundle.
Tim Rowlands then lost most of his stack when his lost out to Mistri’s before Mistri open-shoved from the small blind with and Rowlands called from the big blind with . A jack on the flop of the board left only three players in the Main Event.
A huge pot between the chip leaders, Mistri and Vu, sent the tournament into the heads-up stages. Vu three-bet all-in over the top of a Mistri opening raise and Mistri called. Vu showed and Mistri . Both players improved on the flop, but it was Mistri who had the upper hand. The turn was a relative brick, as was the river. Game over for Vu.
Mistri held a 47,250,000 to 6,750,000 chip lead over Pak Chung and despite doubling up once, Ching couldn’t mount a significant fight back.
The final hand saw a short stacked Chung move all-in with and Mistri called with before flopping trip kings. By the river the board read to bust Chung in second place and leave Mistri to collect the largest tournament cash of his career.
Grand Prix Poker Tour Heads to partypoker and Old Trafford
The next Grand Prix Poker Tour leg takes place online at partypoker on December 20, 2015. This leg is a $100+$9 buy-in tournament where players can re-enter once as they fight it out over a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Fans of poker and Manchester United should keep January 16-17, 2016 free because the GPPT heads to the iconic Old Trafford Stadium on these dates. Keep an eye on the partypoker lobby for satellites, Players Choice Day 1s and ticket tournaments for this eagerly anticipated stop on the tour., which has a £250,000 prize pool.