Steve Jelinek Wins Biggest Ever GUKPT Coventry Main Event
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Steve Jelinek added a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) title to his World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet by outlasting a 607-strong field in the biggest-ever GUKPT Coventry Main Event. The field was the biggest in GUKPT Main Event history.
This was the fourth time the GUKPT hosted a Main Event in Coventry; the previous three had combined attendances of 409. There is a real demand for affordable, high-quality tournaments right now in the United Kingdom, and Grosvenor Poker is delivering.
The 607 entrants created a £406,690 prize pool that the top 58 finishers shared. Jelinek came away with an impressive £105,050 for his £670 buy-in.
2021 GUKPT Coventry Main Event Final Table Results
Only 20 players made it through to the final day's proceedings, each guaranteed £2,990 for the efforts. Some of those who cashed but fell before the end of Day 2 included Matthew Davenport (51st - £1,000), Jack Hardcastle (49th - £1,000), Adam Bromley (48th - £1,390), plus Team Grosvenor's Jamie Nixon (45th - £1,390) and Katie Swift (37th - £1,590).
Ireland's Sven McDermott was the 21st place finisher. McDermott's exit brought the curtain down on Day 2.
A flurry of eliminations on Day 3, including those of Kully Sidhu (15th - £3,590) and Rob Sherwood (12th - £4,380) saw the nine-handed final table reached. Recent Goliath finalist Matthew Bushell was the first member of the final table to fall by the wayside. Adam Wilkinson and Chris Johnson followed suit, the latter doing his chances of winning the ongoing National Poker League no harm at all.
John Bousfield was the first player to secure a five-figure payout. Bousfield's sixth place exit came with £11,160 in prize money, the second-largest live score of his career.
Ming Ju, Maz Bako, and Dan Hopkins joined the list of busted players, leaving Ian Hamilton heads-up against Jelinek. Hamilton, who had only £995 in recorded live cashes before this event, fell at the final hurdle and padded his bankroll with the £70,950 runner-up prize.
Jelinek banked the £105,050 top prize, taking his lifetime earnings ever closer to $1.6 million. This is Jelinek's third-largest live tournament results. The Manchester grinder collected $245,871 in 2010 when he won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event at the WSOP. Three years earlier, Jelinek finished sixth in the €10,000 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €305,270 ($407,146).
GUKPT Leeds Is Next On The Schedule
Players do not have long to wait for the next GUKPT Main Event because the tour heads north to Leeds for a £670+£80 tournament from September 23.
Brett Angell is the reigning GUKPT Leeds champion having won the event in 2019. Angell was part of a six-handed chop that saw Angell win £20,912. The 2020 edition was one of many live poker tournaments around the world that fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.