Euan McNicholas Wins GUKPT London Main Event For £165,800
Euan McNicholas will remember his first-ever Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event fondly, as would you if you had turned your first Main Event entry into an outright victory worth a staggering £165,800!
If you needed evidence that British players have been waiting to flood casinos after the enforced COVID-19 related lockdowns and restrictions, this poker tournament was it. A field of 591 players bought into the GUKPT London Main Event and created a £650,100 prize pool, which the top 57 finishers shared.
Three All-Ins On The Money Bubble
The money bubble burst midway through Day 2 and did so in spectacular style. The first hand on the stone-cold bubble saw three all-ins. Daniel Crawley-Boevey had his aces cracked by Sam Miller's queens, Michael Warton ran his kings into the aces of Phil Long and could not get there, and Yiannis Liperis saw his tens beat Michalis Michael's queens.
All that craziness resulted in Wharton and Crawley-Boevey chop up a min-cash and take home £950 each.
Several household names saw a return on their initial investment. These included [B]Sven McDermott[/B] (55th - £1,900), Endrit Geci (48th - £2,550), Hasmukh Khodiyara (45th - £2,550), Jamie Nixon (38th - £2,550), Midi Main Event champion Michael Zhang (25th - £3,800), and Laurence Houghton (13th - £5,750).
Each of the nine players who reached the final table locked up at least £8,900 for their efforts. Aleem Kanji walked away with this sum after becoming the final table's first casualty.
Bradley Rawson fell in eighth for the tournament's first five-figure sum, namely £10,850. He was joined on the rail by the in-form Jack Hardcastle (£13,350), Sam Miller (£17,850), and the former November Niner Antoine Saout (£26,100).
The final four became three with the elimination of Chris Johnson, a finish worth £41,450. The pay jumps were now huge, but nobody wanted a deal; they had their sights set on a six-figure haul.
Danny Pyke crashed out in third for £67,500, which left McNicholas and Tadas Budzeika heads-up for the title. £51,750 was the difference between first and second place, yet the heads-up duo soldiered on. The lack of a deal meant Budzeika had to make do with the £114,050 consolation prize after McNicholas defeated him heads up, thus claiming the £165,800 top prize for himself.
2021 GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Results
Remarkably, McNicholas only had £141 in recorded live poker tournament winnings before this event! An 18th place finish in a low-stakes event at Dusk Till Dawn in October 2017 netted McNicholas £41. Exactly three months later, he helped himself to a £100 prize after a 28th place finish in a £35 buy-in event, also at Dusk Till Dawn.
Now McNicholas has a whopping £165,800 prize on his poker CV, and we are sure this will not be the last time we see him going deep in major events.
GUKPT Heads to Manchester From August 5
There is not long to wait until the GUKPT is back in action because GUKPT Manchester runs from August 5-15 at BNR Manchester. The schedule features a £1,350 buy-in Main Event. Will it see similar figures to this superb London tournament?