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Tommy Le Takes Down GUKPT Edinburgh For £25,000

Tommy Le: 2016 GUKPT Edinburgh Champion
  • Tommy Le won the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Edinburgh Main Event, topping a field of 184-players to win £25,000.

Tommy Le topped a field of 184 in the £550 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Edinburgh Main Event this weekend, securing a £25,000 payday as a result.

2016 GUKPT Edinburgh Final Table Results

1Tommy Le£25,000
2Donald Koh£18,000
3Apostolos Kandalis£15,700
4Terje Sirnes£9,000
5Findlay Meechan£5,400
6Ryan Fairgrieve£3,900
7Barry Burns£3,200
8Alan Brown£2,700
9William Paxton£2,300

*reflects a four-ay deal to flatten the payouts

The 184-entrants meant the tournament overlaid by £8,000, which may have been a slight headache for the organisers, but represented even more value for those who were competing for the title.

Only 13 players progressed to Sunday’s final day, each in the money and guaranteed £1,400 for their efforts to that point.

Norbert Bora was the first casualty of the day, pushing all-in on an ace-high flop with pocket kings only to discover Apostolos Kondalis was sat waiting with ace-king. Bora was followed to the sidelines, via the cashier’s cage, by Kee Cheung, Ronnie Ballantyne, and Steve Bangham, leaving only the final table of nine in the hunt for the title.

2016 GUKPT Edinburgh Final Table

1Apostolos Kandalis500,500
2Alan Brown141,500
3Findlay Meechan346,000
4William Paxton59,000
5Barry Burns301,000
6Donald Koh461,500
7Terje Sirnes535,000
8Rayn Fairgrieve558,500
9Tommy Le779,500

With blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000a, William Paxton was short stacked and needed to make a move to drag himself back into contention. Paxton attempted to do that by three-betting all-in over the top of a Le opening raise to 23,000. Terje Sirnes cold called, Le also called, then the active players checked down a king-high board, Sirnes’ jacks winning the pot, besting the nines of Paxton.

Alan Brown then lost a coinflip with jacks against Donald Koh’s ace-queen when an ace appeared on the turn, before Barry Burns and Kandalis got into a raising war preflop that resulted in Burns being all-in with tens against Kandalis’ kings. The community cards provided no drama, and only six players remained.

The final table remained six-handed for three hours before Ryan Fairgrieve’s king-nine lost to the ace-ten of Sirnes despite catching a king on the river. Fairgrieve lost because the king he caught was in spades, which put four spades on the board and Sirnes held the ten of spade.

Findlay Meechan then committed his stack preflop with ace-king and lost a flip against Koh’s jacks despite flopped a flush draw, and at this point the remaining four players decided to strike a deal that flattened the payout structure, guaranteeing themselves at least £9,000 instead of the original £7,800.

It was Sirnes who benefited from the flattening of the payout structure because he fell in fourth place, his jacks losing out to the king-jack of Koh.

Kandalis followed Sirnes to the rail soon after when he got his chips in on the flop with a set of jacks against the ace-high flush draw of Le. Kandalis avoided a club on the turn, but the seven of clubs landed on the river to send him for an early bath.

Le held a 3,000,000 to 600,000 chip lead going into heads-up, the latter only being 10 big blinds. Koh managed to claw his way back into contention, but then pushed all-in on a {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{9-Clubs} board with king-six of diamonds, and Le snap-called with queen-five of clubs for a flush. Game over for Koh, time to celebrate for Le.

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to the poker hotbed that is Luton. GUKPT Luton takes place from October 2-9, 2016 and you can win your way to the £200,000 guaranteed (£1,100 buy-in) Main Event at Grosvenor Poker from as little as £0.50. Remember to Grosvenor Poker via UK & Ireland PokerNews to grab yourself a 200% up to £700 first deposit bonus and a host of freebies.

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