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Michael Zhang Wins GUKPT London Midi Main Event

Michael Zhang

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) crowned its first champion for more than a year this weekend when Michael Zhang took down the GUKPT London Mid Main Event. Zhang, who won the GUKPT London Main Event in 2017, walked away with £54,780 for his efforts.

Zhang was one of 414 entrants in the £500 buy-in Midi Main Event, a turnout that shows how much high-class poker has been missed by the British poker community. The top 38 finishers won a slice of the chunky prize pool, a min-cash weighing in at £1,010.

Such luminaries as Laurence Houghton, Jamie Nixon, Jack Hardcastle, and Daniel Moran cashed in the event, the latter falling in tenth place to burst the money bubble.

Maziar Pouladpour was the first of the nine finalists to head to the cashier’s desk. His ninth-place finish resulting in a £3,650 score. Vicent Meli (£4,470), Tom Laghzaoui (£5,270), and Stephen O’Keefe (£6,700) followed suit, before Terry Jordon (£9,330) saw his tournament end in fifth place having led for the majority of proceedings.

Paul Rigg fell in fourth and walked away with a £14,000 haul, the first five-figure score of the evening. Hector Berry then crashed and burned in third for £22,310, which left Zhang heads-up against Alex Whitenstall.

No disrespect to Whitenstall but the writing was on the wall, not least because Zhang has almost $3.5 million in live earnings, and is used to playing in tournaments with buy-ins up to €50,000. Zhang finished his opponent to secure the £54,780 top prize, leaving Whitenstall to collect a still very respectable £36,720.

2021 GUKPT Midi Main Event Final Table Results

1Michael Zhang£54,780
2Alex Whitenstall£36,720
3Hector Berry£22,310
4Paul Rigg£14,000
5Terry Jordon£9,330
6Stephen O’Keefe£6,700
7Tom Laghzaoui£5,270
8Vincent Meli£4,470
9Maziar Pouladpour£3,650

Anonymous Leads the GUKPT London Main Event

Day 1A of the 2021 GUKPT London Main Event drew in a 177-strong crowd of which only 26 players made it through to Day 2 on July 20.

A player wishing to remain anonymous tops the chip counts after bagging up 370,000 chips at the close of play. Maziar Pouladpour is second in chips with 299,000; Pouladpour finished ninth in the Midi Main Event for a £3,650 haul.

Others that progressed to Day 2 at the first time of asking include Jamie Nixon (111,500), Jack Hardcastle (94,500), and Laurence Houghton (20,500).

Day 1B shuffles up and deals at The Poker Room, formerly The Vic, at 5:00 p.m. BST on July 19.

2021 GUKPT London Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

1A B370,000
2Maziar Pouladpour299,000
3Raul Martinez263,500
4Neil McCulloch212,500
5Martin Hogarty203,500
6Daniel Lowe197,000
7Alex Costache187,000
8Daniel Samson186,500
9Nikolay Ponomarev170,000
10J M159,500

Lead image courtesy of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour

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