Michael Zhang Wins GUKPT London Midi Main Event
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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.
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
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
Lead image courtesy of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour