Patrik Szabo Wins GUKPT London Main Event for £49,150

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  • Patrik Szabo was crowned the 2018 GUKPT London Main Event champion, an accolade worth £49,150.

Patrik Szabo turned £560 into £49,150 at the Poker Room formerly The Vic this weekend by topping a field of 358 entrants in the 2018 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event.

2018 GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Patrik Szabo£49,150
2Robert Boon£32,600
3Steven Cole£19,850
4Jamie Le£12,550
5Paul Scipioni£8,400
6Keith Ongxun£6,100
7Kevin Houghton£4,650
8Mor Kamber£3,950
9Vikrum Mehta£3,200

Thirty-four places were paid in the Main Event, so spare a thought for Steven Game who bust in 35th place to burst the money bubble. Game got his stack into the middle with ace-king against the ace-deuce of Robert Boon, only for a deuce to appear on the flop to send Game to the rail.

Joe Grech (19th for £1,600) and Kevin Williams (10th for £2,850) were the highest profile bust outs in the money place, with Williams’ exit setting the nine-handed final table.

2018 GUKPT London Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerChips
1Jamie Le341,000
2Steven Cole330,000
3Robert Boon1,121,000
4Paul Scipioni1,300,000
5Kevin Houghton421,000
6Vikrum Mehta898,000
7Patrik Szabo1,276,000
8Keith Ongxun1,140,000
9Mor Kamber310,000

Vikrum Mehta busted almost immediately after play at the final table began; it was a huge coinflip with Mehta holding ace-king against the queens of Paul Scipioni. The queens held on a jack-high board and Mehta busted.

The players gained even more elbow room a few hands later when Szabo opened with a raise with ace-king and then instantly called when Mor Kamber three-bet jammed for 10 big blinds with what turned out to be ace-jack. Both players paired their ace on the turn, but there was no jack in sight and the player count was reduced by one.

Full Time for Houghton

Seven became six with the elimination of Kevin Houghton. The entrepreneur behind Ref Stuff, three-bet all-in for 450,000 with pocket fives after Scipioni had opened with a pair of queens. Scipioni called, the queens held and Houghton exited in seventh-place.

Keith Ongxun was the next casualty, pushing all-in for six big blinds with king-jack and being looked up by Steven Cole who held a pair of red tens. The board ran out nine-high to bring Ongxun’s tournament to an abrupt end.

Scipioni then found himself short stacked when his queen-jack failed to get there against the dominating king-jack of Szabo. That hand left Scipioni on life support and his machine was switched off when he shoved from the small blind with king-nine and Szabo called with ace-ten. The door card was a ten and it was enough to send Scipioni home in fifth-place, guaranteeing a five-figure score for those still in the tournament.

Four-handed play did not last long and ended with the exit of Jamie Le whose black a pair of threes could not come from behind against Cole.

Cole could not put Le’s chips to good use thanks to losing a massive coinflip with pocket tens against the queen-jack of Szabo. The hand left Cole nursing only 35,000 chips at the 30,000/60,000/5,000a level and boosted Szabo to 3.4 million. Cole busted a few hands later despite managing to increase his stack to 500,000.

Szabo and Boon were almost level on chips until the biggest hand of the tournament left Boon with only a small blind and ante in his stack. The pair got their chips in on a 3-2-J-4 board, Boon with pocket queens and Szabo with 6-5 for the nuts. The river was a ten and that was almost the end of Boon.

Boon’s fate was sealed on the very next hand and Szabo became the latest in a long line of GUKPT champions.


£120 into £100,000

Next up for the GUKPT is the massive Goliath tournament at the Ricoh Arena from Jul. 25. This £120 buy-in tournament guarantees the eventual champion will walk away with at least £100,000 for their relatively small investment. Learn more about Goliath, here.

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