Luke Evans Wins Huge GUKPT Blackpool Mini Main Event

Luke Evans

The Blackpool leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is popular stop on the tour. The GUKPT is in the seaside town right now, and one of its biggest events has crowned its champion.

A casino-filling crowd of 835 entrants bought into the £220 GUKPT Blackpool Mini Main Event creating a £183,700 prize pool as a result. This tournament is the latest on the 2021 GUKPT schedule that has proven extremely popular with the poker community.

Only 82 of those starters received a slice of the prize pool. Anthony Hamilton was the first player to bust in the money places; he collected £500 for his efforts. Matthew Bushell, John Bousfield, recent GUKPT Luton Main Event champion David Docherty, and Richard King all padded their poker bankrolls.

As did GUKPT Edinburgh runner-up Ludovic Geilich, Guy Taylor, and GUKPT regular Richard Kellett, the latter falling in tenth place and burst the final table bubble.

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2021 GUKPT Blackpool Mini Main Event Final Table Results

1Luke Evans£38,145*
2Simon Draper£35,695*
3Simeon Zacharias£18,290
4Jay Harwood£11,260
5Colin Myott£7,200
6Robert Nicholson£4,500
7Andy Hills£3,600
8Andrew Bradshaw£2,340
9Euan McNicholas£2,070

Euan McNicholas did his chances of winning the National League’s £20,000 sponsorship package no harm at all by navigating his way to a ninth-place finish in this event. This was the eight GUKPT cash of the season for McNicholas, an impressive run that includes victory in the GUKPT London Main Event.

Andrew Bradshaw’s first live score since June 2019 was an eighth-place finish worth £2,340, while Team Grosvenor’s Andy Hills, now sporting flowing locks, came unstuck in seventh place for a £3,600 prize.

Sixth-place and £4,500 went to Robert Nicholson. Colin Myott joined Nicholson on the sidelines a short time later and reeled in a £7,200 prize.

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Five-Figure Scores All Round

The top four finishers each locked in a five-figure haul. Jay Harwood of Leeds helped himself to the third five-figure prize of his career, £11,260, which took his lifetime winnings past $100,000.

Heads-up was set when Simeon Zacharias fell in third, a finish worth £18,290. Zacarias finished fourth in the 2017 edition of the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event for £22,610. Look out for him in this year’s Main Event.

Simon Draper and Luke Evans locked horns and butted heads one-one-one before striking a deal for the remaining prize money. Draper officially finished in second place and banked £35,695, leaving Evans to become the 2021 GUKPT Blackpool Mini Main Event champion, an accolade that came with £38,145.

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