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Brett Kennedy Takes Down 2016 GUKPT London For £45,470

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  • Brett Kennedy won the 2016 GUKPT London Main Event, turning £550 into £45,470.

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour was in London this weekend for the latest leg of its 2016 tour. For the first time in the tour’s history, the Main Event featured a cut-price £500 buy-in, and it attracted players in droves as 419 entries were processed over the two Day 1s, creating a £209,000 prize pool.

2016 GUKPT London final table results

1Brett Kennedy£45,470*
2Nguyen Khoa Le£50,000*
3Jose Bazan£23,250
4Nick Rishover£14,670
5Ravi Sharda£9,840
6Chris Lamb£7,130
7Sacha Brookes£5,440
8Justin Kyrikides£4,610
9Stephen Bean£3,770

*reflects a heads-up deal

Those 419 hopefuls were whittled to only 27 players by the time Day 3 came around, each of those 27 returning players locking up £1,470 for their efforts.

Five-and-a-half hours were needed to reduce the final 27 to the nine-handed final table, Mark Davey falling in 10th place to burst the final table bubble.

2016 GUKPT London final table seat draw

1Ravi Sharda1,187,000
2Nicholas Rishover1,419,000
3Justin Kyrikides594,000
4Brett Kennedy1,233,000
5Nguyen Le543,000
6Stephen Bean303,000
7Jose Bazan635,000
8Sacha Brookes671,000
9Chris Lamb1,802,000

With blinds at 12,000/24,000/3,000a Stephen Bean was in push-or-fold territory and he did the former when he woke up with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. Chris Lamb called with {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} and when the {3-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} board ran out without an ace or queen, Bean was gone.

A few minutes after Bean’s departure, Justin Kyrikides fell by the wayside. Jose Bazan led out with the board reading {3-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, then called when Kyrikides moved all-in. It was {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} for Kyrikides and {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} for Bazan. The jacks held as the river came the {6-Diamonds}, leaving seven players at the final table.

Seven became six with the exit of Sacha Brookes. Brookes pushed all-in for 320,000 with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Nguyen Le called with the dominating {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The five community cards fell {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs} to bust Brookes from the tournament.

It took another 90-minutes of action before another player bust, that player being Lamb. After opening to 100,000 at the 15,000/30,000/3,000a level, Brett Kennedy moved all-in, and Lamb called off his 600,000 stack. Lamb flipped over {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and was in great shape against the {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} of Kennedy until a six on the turn of the {7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{a-Clubs} board ruined Lamb’s comeback.

Mere minutes later, Bazan moved all-in from the small blind and Ravi Sharda called for his 550,000 stack with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Sharda was in good shape as Bazan held {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, but the {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{3-Hearts} board was not what he wanted to see as it ended his tournament in fifth place.

Fourth-place went to Nick Rishover when Li opened to 150,000 with {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} then called when Rishover pushed in his 700,000 stack with {A-Clubs}{5-Spades}. Rishover paired his five on the flop of the {j-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} flop, but was drawing dead by the turn.

Three-handed play lasted an hour, and ended with Bazan busting at the hands of Kennedy. Bazan called when Kennedy moved all-in over his opening raise, showing {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} to Kennedy’s {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Kennedy’s luck was certainly in because he flopped the flop on the {5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades} board, sending the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Li held a 6,200,000 to 2,100,000 yet still agreed to a chop that saw Li guarantee himself £50,000, Kennedy £40,000, leaving £5,450 for the champion.

Ninety-minutes later, Kennedy had not only pulled level, he had won every chip in play.

The final hand saw Kennedy’s {A-Spades}{9-Hearts} go head-to-head with Li’s {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}, and despite Li catching some outs on the {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} flop, his tournament ended with the arrival of the {5-Spades} turn and {7-Diamonds} river.

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to Edinburgh from September 4-11, but before then there is the GUKPT Goliath to look forward to in Coventry between July 28-August 7.

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