Man Wins Poker Tournament

2018 GUKPT Reading
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  • An anonymous poker player took down the 2018 GUKPT Reading Main Event for £35,100.

Fear not, UK & Ireland PokerNews has not published an article with a yet-to-be-decided title, a man really did win a poker tournament over the weekend.

The 2018 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading Main Event took place at the Grosvenor G Casino in Reading and attracted a field of 245 entrants who helped created a guarantee-busting £122,500 prize pool. This sum was divided up among the top 23 finishers with the £35,100 top prize going to a gentleman who requested to remain anonymous.

2018 GUKPT Reading Final table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Anonymous£35,100
2Gerald Crone£22,900
3Michael Rolt£14,350
4Peter Wigglesworth£9,300
5Richard Hasnip£6,400
6Gavin Manley£4,750
7Aleksandrs Golubevs£3,800
8Ryan Cooper£3,050
9Samuel Goodman£2,600

Only 13 players made it through to the final day’s action and they were all in the money after the bubble burst during Day 2. Phil Vo moved all-in for around 11 big blinds with king-queen and as called by Richard Hasnip holding ace-king. Hasnip unnecessarily paired his ac on the river to bust Vo and leave the remaining 23 players in the money places.

Day 3 shuffled up and dealt at 12:00 p.m. and the nine-handed final table was set 90-minutes later.

Samuel Goodman was the ninth-place finisher after he clashed with Mr. Anon. The latter opened the betting then called when Goodman three-bet all-in for 250,000 or 15 big blinds. Good man showed a pair of kings and Mr. Anon the ace-queen of clubs. Just as the money bubble burst, an ace appeared on the river to reduce the player count by one.

Ace-high was good enough to send the next player to the rail. Ryan Cooper committed his last 16 big blinds with king-jack and Leeds United supporter Peter Wigglesworth called from the big blind with ace-queen. Neither player improved their hand with the community cards and Cooper headed for the exits.

Aleksandrs Golubevs fell in seventh-place and was followed to the cashier’s desk by Gavin Manley who saw his ace-king lose to the dominated ace-queen of Mr. Anon courtesy of a queen on the flop.

Richard Hasip bust in fifth-place before the hot-running Mr. Anon eliminated Wigglesworth. With blinds of 12,000/24,000/3,000a, Wigglesworth raised to 61,000 and then instantly called when Mr. Anon moved all-in for 1.9 million. Wigglesworth showed a pair of black aces and was way ahead of the ace-jack of diamonds in his opponent’s hand. That was until Mr. Anon flopped two diamonds and completed his flush on the turn.

Heads-up Is Set

Heads-up was set soon after when Michael Rolt exited. Rolt limped in, Gerald Crone raised to 80,000 and called when Rolt raised to 230,000. The queen-jack-seven flop with two clubs saw Rolt bet, Crone move all-in and Rolt call. It was ace-queen of clubs for Crone and nine-five of clubs for Rolt. A five on the turn gave Rolt some hope, but the four of diamonds river handed the pot to Crone.

It was almost neck and neck going into heads up as crone held 2.3 million chips to Mr. Anon’s 2.6 million. Mr. Anon took an early lead and then won the rest of the chips in play when the final two players got their stacks into the middle on a {6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop, Crone with {10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Mr. Anon with {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. The turn and river were the {Q-Clubs} and {J-Diamonds} respectively, busting Crone in second place and leaving the faceless man to become a GUKPT champion.

Fans of the GUKPT do not have long to wait until the next leg takes place. Jul. 1-9 are the dates for the GUKPT London 500, which runs at The Poker Room formerly The Vic and features a £100,000 guaranteed Main Event costing £560 to enter. Will Mr. Anon be there? Nobody will ever know.

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