Ben Winsor Becomes First Two-Time GUKPT Grand Final Champion
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Ben Winsor was crowned the 2019 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final champion at the weekend four years after winning the very same tournament. This latest victory banked Winsor an impressive £188,610, saw him become the first-ever two-time Grand Final champion and catapulted him to the top of the GUKPT all-time winnings list.
2019 GUKPT Grand Final: Final Table Results
|1||Ben Winsor||United Kingdom||£188,610|
|3||Trevor Reardon||United Kingdom||£76,920|
|5||Tom Hall||United Kingdom||£34,120|
|6||Andrew Christoforou||United Kingdom||£25,410|
The £2,650 buy-in GUKPT Grand Final attracted a field of 273 entries who ensured the £500,000 guarantee was surpassed by £168,850. This princely sum was shared among the top 26 finishers and those who finished inside the money places read like a who’s who of British poker.
Double Elimination Bursts the Bubble
A double elimination, involving Winsor, burst the money bubble on Day 2. Winsor opened to 12,000 with pocket queens, Daniel Barriocanaldelaiglesia jammed all-in for 120,000 with pocket kings and Crentin Ropert moved all-in for 160,000 with a pair of aces in the hole. Winsor called. A queen on the flop was enough to bust Winsor’s all-in opponents and propel him to the position of chip leader with 26 players remaining.
The likes of Oliver Price, Philippe Souki, and Laurence Houghton crashed out in the money places before Day 2 ended with 18 players still in the hunt for the near £200,000 top prize.
Day 3 didn’t go to plan for Guy Taylor and he fell in 18th place shortly after the commenced. Others who busted before the final table included John Bousfield and Daiva “Baltic Blond” Byrne.
Tom Hall, Winsor and Leo Boisbaudry entered the nine-handed final table with more than one-million chips each. Hall was in a dominant position courtesy of his 1,652,000 stack.
Winsor Claims First Final Table Scalp
Spain’s Javier Zapatero was the final table’s first casualty, jamming ace-queen into Winsor’s ace-king. Zapatero was joined on the rail by China’s Shengjie Tao whose short-stack shove with king-queen fell victim to Winsor who had found ace-king again.
Danish pro Morten Mortensen was down to only seven big blinds and he committed these with jack-seven. Again, it was Winsor who was the executioner, his call with ace-deuce proving correct as he claimed the pot with ace-high.
Players continued to bust at a rapid rate with Andrew Christoforou being the next player out of the door. He pushed all-in for 15 big blinds with pocket jacks only to watch on as Antoine Saout called with pocket aces. The five community cards ran out without any drama and the player count reduced by one.
The dangerous Hall then fell by the wayside in fifth, and it was Winsor who sent him packing. Action folded to Hall on the button and he moved all-in with king-queen for 19 big blinds. Usually, this move would win the rising blinds and antes, but this time it received a call from that man Winsor who had been dealt a pair of aces! No help arrived for Hall and he headed to the cashier’s desk to collect fifth-place money.
Winsor Runs Hot; Busts Saout
France’s Saout was the next player to feel the wraith of Winsor. Winsor moved all-in to steal the blinds, doing so with queen-eight. Trevor Reardon folded in the small blind despite only having six big blinds in his stack, before Saout called off a 30-big blind stack. Saout showed pocket nines only to see Winsor flop and eight and then turn trips.
Guess who sent Reardon to the showers? Correct, Winsor. Reardon chose king-seven to get the last of his chips into the middle and Winsor looked him up with ace-three, with the ace of spades. Reardon paired his seven on the flop but running spades gifted Winsor a flush, the pot, and yet another scalpe.
Winsor held a 5,200,000 to 1,600,000 chip lead over Leo Boisbaudry and it didn’t take long for Winsor to claim the victory.
The final hand saw all the chips go into the middle of the table, Winsor holding ace-nine to Boisbaudry’s king-seven. An unnecessary ace on the river sealed the deal for Winsor and history was made.
GUKPT now goes on a hiatus as 2019 draws to a close. Leg 1 of the 2020 season kicks off on January 23rd at The Poker room inside the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London.