Team Grosvenor's Jamie Nixon Wins GUKPT Leeds Mini Main
The 2021 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Mini Main Event drew in a crowd of 489 players to the Grosvenor Westgate casino, and there was a familiar name at the top of the payout list when the dust settled in the north.
Team Grosvenor's popular streamer Jamie Nixon came out on top to secure the £27,840 top prize, which happens to be the largest haul of Nixon's live poker tournament career to date.
2021 GUKPT Leeds Mini Main Event
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The top 47 finishers won a slice of the £107,580 prize pool. A min-cash weighed in at £420, and a final table appearance paid at least £1,590.
Several GUKPT regulars reached the money places and improved their position on the National Poker League leaderboard where a £20,000 sponsorship package awaits the winner.
Lee French (46th - £420) was one of the first players to bust in the money. Others who cashed included Endrit Geci (42nd - £420), John Bousfield (30th - £630), Dan Stacey (29th - £630), and Goliath Online finalist Matthew Bushell (24th - £740).
Howard Wilson was the first of the nine finalists to bow out. Wilson collected £1,590, a similar score to the £1,525 he banked for a fourth-place finish in the £130 Deepstack the last time GUKPT Leeds took place.
Hamidreza Egazi, Daniel Hodson, and Mohammed Suhail followed suit, the latter's £3,270 prize pushing his live poker tournament lifetime winnings ever closer to the $150,000 mark.
Fifth place and £4,530 went to Andrzej Sidorski, with the in-form Maz Bako falling in fourth for £6,960. Bako is cashing for fun on the GUKPT this year, including a fourth-place in the Coventry Main Event worth £25,910. Look out for Bako in the upcoming Leeds Main Event.
Heads-up was set when Manchester's Chun Hao Man saw his tournament end abruptly in third, a finish good for £11,280.
Nixon and Daniel Stancer battled one-on-one for the title and the lion's share of the prize pool. Stancer fell at the final hurdle and consoled himself with a career-best £18,980. The night belonged to Nixon who padded his bankroll with £27,840, in addition to giving him plenty of confidence for the 2021 GUKPT Leeds Main Event that starts on September 23.