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Cheuk Lee Turns Satellite Victory into GUKPT London Title

GUKPT London

Hong Kong’s Cheuk Lee more than doubled his lifetime winnings by turning a satellite victory into the 2019 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event title and £40,554 after a four-handed deal.

2019 GUKPT London Final Table Results

1Cheuk Lee£40,554*
2Zhen Shao£35,713*
3Caius Cristescu£34,440*
4Stewart Kirby£35,743* 
5Stephen Bean£10,300
6Joe Field£7,400
7Ryan Mandara£5,500
8Mark Rubbathan£4,300
9Arnaud Benaddi£3,600

A total of 488 entries were processed and the top 47 players received a slice of the £244,000 prize pool, more than double the advertised guarantee. The money bubble burst late on Day 2 when Paul Siddle committed his final 12 big blinds with pocket aces and looked in great shape to double against the pocket queens of Chris Maguire. That was until a queen appeared on the flop to send Siddle home in 48th place and empty-handed.

Players such as Neo Neophytou (43rd - £1,100), Kelly Saxby (35th - £1,200), Aleks Golubevs (20th - £1,900), Martin Bader (18th - £1,900) and Ali Zinhi (10th - £3,100) all finished inside the money places, the latter bursting the final table bubble.

Arnaud Benaddi was the first casualty of the final table after he ran his pocket sixes into the dominating tens of Zhen Shao before Zhao sent Mark Rubbathan to the rail when his ace-king stayed ahead of the lesser ace-queen.

Ryan Mandara then missed a plethora of outs to overcards and a flush to crash out in seventh-place. Everyone then guaranteed themselves a five-figure prize when Lee busted Joe Field in sixth-place.

Fifth-place and £10,300 went to Stephen Bean who moved a short stack into the middle with nine-eight and lost to Zhao’s ace-seven, which prompted the final four players to strike a deal for the remaining prize pool. It was a deal that secured at least £34,440 and left £4,000 for whoever took the tournament down.

Stewart Kirby would no more extra cash after he came unstuck against Caius Cristescu. Stewart shoved all in on a ten-high flop with king-ten only to see Cristescu turn over king-queen of hearts for a flopped flush.

Cristescu couldn’t put those chips to good use and busted in third-place, leaving Lee and Shao to battle heads-up for the title. The pair continued to move all in preflop with the final hand seeing all the chips go into the middle of the table, Shao revealing queen-nine and Lee the king-eights of spades. The flop came down all spades and that was more than enough to lock up the title and £40,554 for Lee.

Lee won his £560 GUKPT London seat in a live satellite held at The Poker Room, formerly The Vic, making for a mightily impressive return on investment. Whether Lee sticks around long enough to compete in the upcoming GUKPT Goliath from Jul. 25 remains to be seen, but his name will forever be written into the GUKPT history books.

  • Cheuk Lee topped a field of 488 entries to win the 2019 GUKPT London Main Event for £40,554.

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