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Ryan Spittles Wins the 2016 GUKPT Reading Main Event

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  • Ryan Spittles topped a field of 240 entrants to win the 2016 GUKPT Reading Main Event for £31,100.

Ryan Spittles topped a field of 240 entrants to become the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading Main Event champion, a title that comes with a £31,100 prize, Spittles’ second-largest live tournament score.

2016 GUKPT Reading final table results

1Ryan Spittles£31,100
2Ming Ju£26,500
3Will Davies£14,280
4Rob Boon£9,360
5Hui Jin£6,480
6Dinarte De Sousa£4,680
7David Lloyd£3,840
8Dan Efeturk£3,240
9Scott Mogridge£2,760

Twenty players returned to their seats for Day 3, the final day, of the £550 buy-in Main Event, each guaranteed £1,320 for their efforts as the money bubble burst on Day 2. Three hours after the restart, 11 players had bust, which meant the final table of nine was set.

1Dan Efeturk140,500
2Ming Ju841,500
3Rob Boon747,000
4Dinarte De Sousa353,000
5Scott Mogridge454,500
6Ryan Spittles423,000
7Will Davies584,500
8David Lloyd443,500
9Hui Jin813,000

An hour into the final table action, Ming Ju opened, Scott Mogridge three-bet all-in for 350,000 at the 8,000/16,000/2,000a level, and Ju called. It was a classic coinflip, Ju holding {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Mogridge the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. Ju’s queens held on the {6-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board to bust Mogridge in ninth place.

Next to fall was Dan Efeturk, who jammed his last two big blinds into the middle with {9-Clubs}{4-Spades} and was looked up by Ju and his {A-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. A final board reading {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} sent him to the rail.

Seventh place went to David Lloyd after he lost all but two-and-a-half antes when his {A-Clubs}{2-Hearts} lost to the {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} of Dinarte De Sousa, and he bust the very next hand.

Another hour later and Lloyd’s executioner, De Sousa, was heading to the cashier’s cage. Ju opened to 65,000, De Sousa three-bet to 140,000 from the small blind, and Ju called. De Sousa led for 165,000 on the {K-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop, Ju moved all-in, and De Sousa called off his last 230,000 chips. Ju showed {K-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, De Sousa the {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and when the {Q-Diamonds} turn and {Q-Hearts} river came into view, the tournament was left with only five players.

Those five became four with the exit of the dangerous Jin, who had lost a huge pot after Ryan Spittles came from behind to double through him. Jin’s exit saw Will Davies raise to 80,000, Jin called all-in for 40,000, Rob Davies then raised to 200,000 with {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}, and when Davies folded, Jin showed the lowly {K-}{2-Spades}. The five community cards fell {A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Jin was gone.

Rob Boon then fell by the wayside after losing a coinflip with Ming Ju. Ju opened to 85,000 with {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} then called when Boon moved all-in for 600,000 with what turned out to be {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. Ju’s sixes held on the {J-Clubs}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} board to leave only three players in the hunt for the title.

Davies fell in third place when Spittles moved all-in from the small blind with {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and Davies called with {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The queens remained best on the {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board, and the tournament moved into the heads-up stage.

Spittles held a 2,854,000 to 1,947,000 chip lead, too narrow of a gap not to discuss a deal with Ju. A deal was discussed, and agreed to, with Spittles taking £30,000, Ju £26,500, and the eventual champion scooping the trophy and an additional £1,100.

That winner turned out to be Spittles when a quick preflop war saw an all-in and a call, Spittles holding {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and Ju the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}. The {10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{A-Clubs} flop hit both players, with the {10-Spades} turn improving Spittles’ grip on the hand. The {4-Diamonds} river sent Ju to the rail, and gave Spittles his third major live title.

Next for the GUKPT is a trip to Walsall betyween May 29 and June 5. Qualify for the £550 Main Event at Grosvenor Poker.

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