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Matt Bonham Triumphs in the GPS Reading Main Event

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  • Matt Bonham topped a field of 200 to win the 2016 Genting Poker Series Reading Main Event for £10,095.

  • Two hundred players turn out for the 2016 GPS Reading Main Event, and Matt Bonham outlasted them all.

Two hundred players turned out for the 2016 Genting Poker Series Reading Main Event this weekend and they were all outlasted by Matt Bonham who took down the £220 buy-in tournament for a £10,095 addition to his bankroll.

GPS Reading final table results

1Matt Bonham£10,095
2Dinarte De Sousa£6,850
3Mateusz Wysocki£4,415
4Carl Shipsey£2,610
5Barry Cobb£1,985
6Chris Goodson£1,620
7Ashley Hunt£1,260
8Martin Randall£990
9Ronnie Robertson£725

Forty-nine players returned to their seats on Day 2, and with 22 places paid, 27 of those went home empty-handed. The 23rd place finishers, and therefore the unfortunate person to burst the bubble, was David Lloyd whose pocket queens couldn’t hold against the ace-king of Carl Shipsey, which improved to a pair of kings on the flop and trips on the turn.

Two hours after the bubble burst, the final table was set with the players quite evenly matched in terms of number of chips.

Ronnie Robertson was the first to fall, his ace-jack failing to improve against the pocket queens of Barry Cobb, before Martin Randall’s {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} lost to the {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} of Chris Goodson despite pairing his ten on the flop; a jack on the turn sealed his fate.

Seventh place went to Ashley Hunt who three-bet all-in with ace-jack only to discover his opponent, Mateusz Wysocki, was lying in wait with a pair of aces, and when Goodson’s ace-nine didn’t get there against the dominating ace-jack of Bonham, only five players remained in contention for the £10,095 first place prize.

Those five became four with the elimination of Cobb, his king-queen losing to the lowly jack-six of Bonham when a jack appeared on the river, and the players enjoyed even more elbow room when Shipsey committed his stack with {7-}{4-} on a {j-}{3-}{6-} flop and didn’t improve to beat the {j-}{7-} of Bonham.

Three-handed play lasted all of 10 minutes and ended when Wysocki decided to push all-in for 1,000,000 during the 15,000/30,000/4,000a level with queen-nine and Bonham snapped him off with pocket aces.

That hand saw Bonham go into the heads-up battle with Dinarte De Sousa holding a 3,200,000 to 1,800,000 chip lead, and it proved too much of a gap for De Sousa to bridge.

The final hand, which happened to be the one and only all-in hand of the heads-up encounter, saw De Sousa all-in for 700,000 with {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and Bonham’s {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades} needing some help from the board, help that arrived on the {4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{Q-Spades} flop. The {10-Hearts} turn gave De Sousa outs to a straight, but the {10-Diamonds} river was not one of them, sending De Sousa to the rail, and crowning Bonham as the GPS Reading champion.

Next up for the GPS is a trip to Stoke in approximately six week’s time.

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