Adam Owen Crowned GUKPT Leeds Main Event Champion
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) stopped off in Leeds, Yorkshire over the weekend and its £100,000 guaranteed Main Event attracted 302 entrants, meaning a £151,000 prize pool was created.
Thirty players made it into the money. Brett Angel was the first recipient of some cash; he received £1,060 for his 30th place finish. Grosvenor-sponsored pro Jeff Kimber mounted a charge for what would have been his third GUKPT Main Event title, but he ran out of steam and finished in 20th place for £1,360.
Dan Samson crashed out in 10th place for £2,420 and the official final table was set.
Philip Walker busted in ninth-place for £2,870 and was followed to the cashier’s cage by Scotland’s Tom Noble, Aqueel Butt, Craig Dawson and Lee Dillon.
Dillon’s exit left four players in the hunt for the title and all four of those grinders were guaranteed a five-figure score. Mo Qureshi, who has an excellent record in GUKPT side events, finished in fourth-place for £10,870, which was the second-largest cash of his career and his best finish in a GUKPT Main Event.
Third-place and £17,070 went to the legendary Ali Mallu. According to the GUKPT, this was Mallu’s 195th career cash, an incredible achievement considering Mallu plays a highly aggressive, unorthodox style of poker that often leaves his opponents scratching their heads.
Mallu’s exit left David Gee and Adam Owen to play heads-up for the title and the £41,950 first-place prize. Gee busted in fourth-place in the 2017 GUKPT Leeds Main Event and he improved his previous impressive run by two places, falling in second-place at the hands of Owen. The £27,780 Gee collected for his runner-up finish is more than twice the size of his previous largest score.
Owen’s latest victory helps push his live poker tournament winnings ever closer to $3.1 million, enough to rank his 24th in the England all-time money listings. Owen also won the £110 GUKPT Leeds Mini for £3,850 earlier in the festival to become the first-ever player to win both the Mini and Main Event of a GUKPT stop.
The mixed game specialist from Folkstone has been playing more no-limit hold’em tournaments of late and to devastating effect. Back in April, Owen finished second in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona for a massive €1,300,000 score, the first seven-figure haul of his career to date.
The GUKPT next heads to the poker hotbed that is Luton where a £1,110 buy-in Main Event, with a £200,000 guaranteed prize pool, takes place. GUKPT Luton runs from Oct. 7-14 and is sure to create another worthy champion.