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Jack Hardcastle Takes Down 2021 GUKPT Leeds Main Event

Jack Hardcastle

Jack Hardcastle's incredible run of form continued this weekend when he triumphed in the 2021 GUKPT Leeds Main Event. Hardcastle made the long 250-mile journey from Portsmouth to Leeds, and it paid dividends with Hardcastle coming away with the £72,200 top prize.

2021 GUKPT Leeds Final Table Results

1Jack Hardcastle£72,200
2James Williams£51,890
3Elliott Marais£31,710
4Adam Bromley£18,850
5Majid Nadeem£12,970
6Andrew Morgan£8,650
7Bixi Yao£7,200
8Thomas High£5,770
9Sharon Horn£4,610

The £750 buy-in GUKPT Leeds Main Event attracted 439 entrants who created a £294,130 prize pool, which the top 44 finishers shared. GUKPT regulars Renee Xie, Matthew Bushell, and David Doherty saw a return on their investment. As did Ludovic Geilich, and former GUKPT Luton champion, Leeds' own Jamie O'Connor.

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Stuart Rutter, Dan Charlton, Jessica Pilkington, and Ryan Mandara all went deep but fell short of the final table. Mandara, the 2018 Irish Open champion, crashed out in tenth place and burst the final table bubble.

Sharon Horn was the first finalist to fall by the wayside. Horn came unstuck in ninth and collected £4,610. Thomas High and Bixi Yao followed Horn to the cashier's desk, collecting £5,770 and £7,200 when they arrived there.

The last five-figure prize of the evening went to Andrew Morgan. He banked £8,650, more than ten-times the size of his previous biggest result.

There was a career-best haul for Majid Nadeem too. Nadeem fell in fifth and turned his £750 investment into a £12,970 payout.

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Then came the elimination of Adam Bromley, another player reeling in a best-ever prize. Bromley, husband of Natalie Bromley, ran out of luck and busted in fourth. Bromley committed his short stack with ace-six and lost to Hardcastle's queen-jack courtesy of a queen on the turn; he walked away with £18,850.

Former GUKPT Goliath champion Elliot Marais was the next player heading into the northern night. Marais won the 2017 Goliath for £85,760 but had to make do with the £31,710 third-place prize in this Leeds Main Event. Marais jammed on the turn with middle pair and the nut flush draw, and Hardcastle looked him up with top and bottom pair. Hardcastle's hand held, and the tournament progressed to the heads-up stage.

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Hardcastle went into the one-on-one battle holding a substantial chip lead over James Williams, the former Sky Poker pro. Williams tried to claw his way back into contention, but the gap was too far for him to bridge.

The final hand saw Hardcastle limp in with ace-six of clubs before calling Williams' all-in bet, which he made with king-jack. A nine-high board sent Williams home in second place, and left Hardcastle to add the 2021 GUKPT Leeds Main Event title to his long list of poker accomplishments.

GUKPT Heads to Edinburgh

There is not long to wait before the next GUKPT stop because GUKPT Edinburgh runs from September 30 through October 3.

Nathan Slater is the reigning champion having topped a field of 309 entrants in 2019, a result that came with £42,110 in prize money, Of course, the 2020 edition fell foul of the COVID-19 restrictions. We have a feeling the 2021 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event could be the biggest Scottish tournament this year.

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