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Kiat Lee Wins GUKPT Walsall for £34,850

Kiat Lee
  • Kiat Lee topped a field of 241 entrants to win the 2016 GUKPT Walsall Main Event for £34,850.

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) was in Walsall this weekend where a £550 Main Event with a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool took place. A total of 241 entries saw the guarantee surpassed by £20,500, and those entrants were outlasted by Kiat Lee, the latest in a long line of GUKPT champions.

2016 GUKPT Walsall final table result

1Kiat Lee£34,850
2Adam Bonham£22,900
3Chris Moore£14,300
4Matt Swain£9,400
5Makka Hussain£6,500
6Chun Man£4,700
7Mark Wood£3,900
8Miikka Toikka£3,250
9Josh Yeadon£2,750

Nineteen players returned for the final day’s play, each of them in the money as 20 places were paid. UK circuit regulars such as Yiannis Liperis, Ellie Biessek, Tommy Bingham, and Richard Kellett fell at various points on Sunday afternoon, and when both Martin Hogarty and Josh Yeadon were eliminated in the same hand on the final table bubble, only eight players remained after the first three hours play.

Eighty-minutes into the now eight-handed final table, Adam Bonham raised and was called by three opponents, one of them being GUKPT Goliath winner Miikka Toikka. Bonham continued on a {K-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, and only Toikka called. The turn was the {9-Diamonds}, Bonham bet 150,000 and called when Toikka moved all-in for 420,000. Toikka’s {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} had improved to top set, but it was cracked when the {7-Diamonds} river completed Bonham’s flush as he held {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}.

A short while later, Mark Wood moved all-in for less than five big blinds with {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and Matt Swain looked him up with the {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Both players caught a piece of the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, but Swain’s was the better piece, which meant Wood’s tournament was over.

Chun Man was the next player to fall after an all-in preflop confrontation with Swain didn’t go to play. At the 10,000/20,000/2,000a level, Man raised to 45,000 with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}, Swain made it 111,000 to go, Man moved all-in for 350,000 in total, and Swain instantly called, as would you if you held {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}. A final board reading {4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} sent Man to the sidelines.

Next to bust was Makka Hussain who pushed all-in for approximate 15 big blinds from the small blind with {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, but instead of winning the blinds and antes he found a caller in the shape of Kiat Lee and his {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. The {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop gave Hussain a lifeline, but the {5-Clubs} turn and {6-Spades} river was of no help to him, which left only four players in contention for the title.

Those four became three with the elimination of Swain. Blinds were now 12,000/24,000/3,000a, Swain raised to 54,000 on the button, Lee three-bet to 115,000, Swain jammed all-in for 650,000, and Lee called. It was {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for Swain versus the dominating {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} of Lee, and when the five community cards fell {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} it was game over for Swain.

Heads-up was set when Bonham set Chris Moore all-in from the small blind for his 12 big blinds, and Moore called for his tournament life with {A-Clubs}{2-Spades}. It was a hand in front of Bonham’s {K-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, but that all changed on the flop of the {4-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}{10-Diamonds} board.

Lee was crowned the GUKPT Walsall champion when he opened with {A-Spades}{5-Hearts} and called when Bonham three-bet all-in with {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Neither player improved on the {10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{k-Hearts} board, meaning Bonham finished as the runner-up, and Lee walked away as the champion.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog

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