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
|2||Nguyen Khoa Le||£50,000*|
*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
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 . Chris Lamb called with and when the 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 , then called when Kyrikides moved all-in. It was for Kyrikides and for Bazan. The jacks held as the river came the , leaving seven players at the final table.
Seven became six with the exit of Sacha Brookes. Brookes pushed all-in for 320,000 with and Nguyen Le called with the dominating . The five community cards fell 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 and was in great shape against the of Kennedy until a six on the turn of the 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 . Sharda was in good shape as Bazan held , but the 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 then called when Rishover pushed in his 700,000 stack with . Rishover paired his five on the flop of the 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 to Kennedy’s . Kennedy’s luck was certainly in because he flopped the flop on the 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 go head-to-head with Li’s , and despite Li catching some outs on the flop, his tournament ended with the arrival of the turn and 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.