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Drew Kirkland Triumphs at Grand Prix Poker Tour Glasgow

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  • Drew Kirkland turned $109 into $41,000 by winning the 2016 partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Glasgow Main Event.

The partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour was in Glasgow this weekend, the Scottish national stadium Hampden Park to be exact, where the latest leg of its fledgling tour saw a $250,000 guaranteed Main Event contested for.

2016 GPPT Glasgow Main Event Final Table Results

1Drew Kirkland$41,000
2Jonathan Gray$25,000
3Ryan Pearson$16,130
4Lauris Kulins$12,250
5Paul McTaggart$9,250
6Mark Armstrong$7,000
7Chris Bartlett$5,500
8Anthony Gray$4,000
9John Burns$3,000

One-hundred-and-ninety players made it through to Day 2 on May 15, each in the money and having locked up $330, which included a $109 ticket to a future GPPT stop. Eight hours after the action commenced on Day 2, the nine-handed final table was set where the guaranteed payout had increased to $3,000.

John Burns was the first casualty at the final table, committing his stack with {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and getting somewhat unlucky to run into the dominating {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Drew Kirkland. Anthony Gray fell soon after in a battle of raggedy cards with Paul McTaggart.

Chris Bartlett then saw his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} lose a coinflip against the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} of Ryan Pearson to fall in seventh place, before McTaggart’s {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} held to beat the {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades} of Mark Armstrong to leave only six players in contention for the $41,000 first place prize.

With only six players remaining, McTaggart was one of the favourites due to his online prowess, but he was the next player eliminated. A raise to 600 by another talented Scot, Jonathan Gray, was called by McTaggart in the big blind, who then check-called a 500,000 bet on the {J-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop, and a 1,050,000 bet on the {9-Clubs} turn. McTaggart checked for a third time on the {3-Diamonds} river, then called when Gray set him all-in. McTaggart flipped over {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}, Gray the {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}, sending the former home in fifth place.

Lauris Kulins fell in fourth place when his {K-}{9-} failed to connect with the five community cards, and Gray’s {A-}{J-} caught an ace on the turn, before Gray’s {7-Hearts}{7-Spades} held against Pearson’s {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} to send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Gray held a substantial 22,500,000 to 11,700,000 chip lead over Kirkland, but that lead was soon reversed when Gray’s {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} lost to Kirkland’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} with the latter pairing his king on the turn, before another pair versus ace-king, this time {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} against {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} went a similar way with the board running {J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{k-Spades}{4-Clubs} to send Gray to the sidelines, and leave Kirkland to be crowned the GPPT Glasgow champion.

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Next on the agenda for the GPPT is a $109 buy-on online leg with a $400,000 guaranteed prize pool. Day 1s are running every day from May 15 through to June 6, with Day 2 also being June 6.

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