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Lee French Crowned 30/30 GUKPT Manchester Champion

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After a massive opening leg of the 2021 Grosvenor Poker Tour (GUKPT) season, GUKPT Manchester seems to be following suit. The 30/30 side event, a £360 buy-in no-limit hold’em affair, drew in a 471-strong crowd, who created a £169,560 prize pool.

GUKPT regular, Lee French, took down the 30/30 event and walked away with £33,168 after a four-handed deal, the Coventry grinder’s largest live poker tournament score.

30/30 GUKPT Manchester Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Lee French£33,168*
2Daniel Kothari£24,618*
3Carl Pickles£23,954*
4Dean Clyne£20,810*
5Mark Dyson£7,150
6Robert Ooi£5,150
7Andrew Cockroft£3,820
8Paul Rigg£2,990
9Barry grime£2,490

*reflects a four-handed deal

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Nobody at the nine-handed final table could win less than £2,490, which is the prize Barry Grime collected when he was the first finalist out of the door. Paul Rigg joined Grime on the sidelines, doing so with a £2,990 prize to keep him company.

Seventh-place and £3,820 went to Andrew Cockroft, before Robert Ooi fell by the wayside in sixth, a finish worth £5,150. The final elimination was that of Mark Dyson in fifth-place. Dyson finished 14th in the 2020 GUKPT Manchester Main Event for £3,420, he beat that prize by £3,730 in this tournament.

The final four players decided to end the tournament prematurely after a four-handed chop of the remaining prize pool. This resulted in a £20,810 score for Dean Clyne, a £23,954 haul for Carl Pickles, and a £24,618 bankroll addition for Daniel Kothari.

Lee French was crowned champion, an accolade that came with a £33,168 prize. It is French’s sixth five-figure prize of his live poker career, and his largest overall. The £33,168 eclipses the £25,000 awarded to French when he won the National 25/50 tournament at the 2017 GUKPT Goliath festival.

Maguire On Course For a £41,230 Payout

The GUKPT Manchester Mini Main Event crowns its champion on August 11, and it is Chris Maguire who is the man to catch going into the final table. The Coventry-based grinder is guaranteed £1,930 for his efforts so far but is eight eliminations away from a £41,230 haul.

Shout-out to Paul Rigg who finds himself third in chips at the Mini Main Event final table after finishing eighth in the 30/30 event.

Large prizes are up for grabs thanks to 726 players buying in and creating a £164,120 prize pool.

PlacePlayerChips
1Chris Maguire3,140,000
2Paul Fisher3,085,000
3Paul Rigg2,855,000
4David Docherty1,330,000
5Kyle Soakell1,195,000
6John Bousfield1,100,000
7Daniel Knight975,000
8Qasim Zia705,000
9Lawrence Stone660,000

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Massive GUKPT Manchester Main Event Shuffles Up and Deals on August 12

Day 1A of the 2021 GUKPT Manchester Main Event shuffles up and deals at 12:00 p.m. BST on August 12, and everything points towards it being massive. £1,250 is the total cost of buying in unless you win your way into it via one of the £55 rebuy satellites taking place.

Ben Dobson is the reigning GUKPT Manchester Main Event champion having triumphed in March 2020, which happened to be the last GUKPT event before the COVID-19 related restrictions and lockdowns caused havoc with the world.

Dobson defeated Ben Winsor heads-up, reeled in a £75,510 score for his efforts, and joined a long list of poker stars who have taken down a GUKPT Main Event in Manchester.

Past GUKPT Manchester Main Event Champions

SeasonEntrantsBuy-inPrize PoolChampionPrize
1285£1,000+£50£285,000Dave Colclough£88,300
2309£1,000+£60£309,000Marc Goodwin£90,420
3298£1,000+£60£298,000Simon Moorman£88,630
4192£1,000+£70£192,000Kuljinder Sidhu£54,850
5207£1,000+£70£207,000Peter McAdams£58,100
6171£1,000+£70£171,000Lewis Hunter£49,600
7180£1,000+£70£200,000Sunny Chattha£35,000
8192£1,000+£80£200,000Rhys Jones£42,000
9198£1,000+£90£200,000Ali Mallu£59,000
10232£1,000+£100£232,000Reyaaz Mulla£58,300
11268£1,000+£100£268,000Andrew Hills£46,988
12241£1,000+£110£241,000Adam Lulat£68,930
13308£1,000+£110£308,000Bernard Maregedze£69,470
14317£1,000+£110£310,660Ben Dobson£75,510

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT

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