Jiaze Li Wins GUKPT London at the Grand Final Festival
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The 2021 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final is in full swing in the heart of London, and three of the festival’s biggest events have crowned their champions. Jiaze Li is one such champion, he triumphed in the £1,100 buy-in GUKPT London Main Event.
It was a GUKPT London Main Event that kicked off the 2021 GUKPT season back in July. Li was one of the 804 entrants who battled it out for a share of the £637,100 prize pool that day. However, Li could only muster a 53rd place finish worth £1,900 that day. How different things turned out in this latest edition of the GUKPT London Main Event.
Some 471 players bought into the tournament and created a £518,100 prize pool that the top 48 finishers shared. Such luminaries as Dan Charlton, Jack Hardcastle, Iaron Lightbourne, Guy Taylor, Ryan Mandara, and Conor O’Driscoll cashed, the latter finishing in 11th place and narrowly missing out on a final table spot.
Paul Siddle reached the final table but his time there was short-lived because he dusted off his stack in ninth place for a £9,390 addition to his bankroll. The legendary Ram Vaswani was the next player to fall by the wayside, he collected £10,660.
Efraim Sofer (£12,700) and Michael Shepard (£14,720) crashed out to leave only five players in the hunt for the title. Those five heroes struck a deal to significantly lessen the pay jumps. The deal left £12,500 more for the eventual champion.
Anthony Kennedy received no extra money but did scoop an impressive £60,000 when his tournament ended in fifth place. Matt Davenport left the casino £59,400 richer after falling in third, with Waheed "Wadey" Ashraf receiving £60,000 for his third-place exit.
Li came out on top in his heads-up battle with Dhanesh Chainani and banked £62,500, but it was Chainani who locked in the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely £80,000.
GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a five-way deal
Souki Scooped Grand Final Mini Main Event Title
Philippe Souki took his lifetime winnings past $630,000 by taking down the £330 buy-in GUKPT Grand Final Mini Main Event for £54,760.
Souki outlasted 687 opponents in this tournament and received the largest live poker tournament cash of his career, surpassing the £44,870 he received after finishing fourth in the 2013 UKIPT London Main Event won by a certain Sergio Aido.
The final table was little with some top poker talent. Bradley Harwood, Masoud Etemadiherisi, and Ionut Rincu were the first casualties. The popular Dan Charlton joined the busted players, doing so with £5,560 in his back pocket.
Vamshi Vandanapu, winner of the 2016 GUKPT Goliath, finished fifth for £8,460, which was the last four-figure prize of the evening.
Fourth place and £14,020 went to Janis Karklins, £23,360 found its way to Tadas Budzeika when he fell in third. Budzeika’s exit left Souki heads-up against Leon Campbell, a talented grinder with almost $500,000 in winnings. Souki got the job done, resigning Campbell to a £38,830 consolation prize.
GUKPT Grand Final Mini Main Event Final Table Results
Siriunas Secures Midi Main Event Title
Vaidas Siriunas won his firs five-figure score a couple of months ago when he finished second in a £400 buy-in Grosvenor 30/30 Series tournament in Reading for £20,519. He blew that score out of the water on November 28 when he won the £500 buy-in GUKPT Grand Final Midi Main Event for an impressive £68,680.
Plenty of household names saw a return on their £500 investment, including Kenny Hallaert, Jamie O’Connor, John Bousfield, Ram Vaswani, and Philippe Souki, but the day belonged to Siriunas.
Aria Sarkeshik, Kully Sidhu, Damien Pilkington-Lewis, and Chris Trick saw their final table runs end early than they would have liked. Matt Davenport, fresh from winning almost £60,000 a few days earlier, netted £12,090 for his demise in fifth.
Michael Dunleavy (£20,030) and George Robinson (£33,390) exited to leave Siriunas heads-up against Patrick D. The pair struck a deal that saw Patrick D scoop £65,000 and Sirinuas £68,680, the trophy, and the title of champion.
GUKPT Grand Final Midi Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal