Salter Slays the GUKPT Grand Final High Roller Field
Jack Salter added the GUKPT Grand Final High Roller title to his long list of poker accomplishments after outlasting 132 opponents in the £2,500 buy-in tournament. Salter collected £97,100 for his victory, which takes his lifetime winnings soaring past the $8.5 million mark.
Salter last cashed in a live poker tournament in March 2020. The talented British pro came out on top in a $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event at The Wynn Spring Classic in Las Vegas for $81,000. he then switched his attention to the online poker world, but has returned to the live arena with a bang.
2021 GUKPT Grand Final High Roller Final Table Results
Only the top 15 finishers received a slice of the £332,500 prize pool. Belgian star Kenny Hallaert was the first of those 15 to see a return on his investment. Recent GUKPT London champion Jiaze Li busted in 14th, with Sebastian Jung, Haresh Thaker, Zhenglong Zhou, and Tom Hall busting before the nine-handed final table.
Daniel Moran, fresh from a $128,374 score in Vegas earlier this year, was the first of the nine finalists to fall. Moran’s ninth-place finish came with an £8,140 payout.
George Demetriou’s tournament ended abruptly in eighth, a finish worth £9,130. Demetriou was the last of the High Roller players not to pad their bankroll with a five-figure score.
Yucel "Mad Turk" Eminoglu would have made a popular champion had he not ran out of steam in seventh for £10,750. Eminoglu had been missing in action since cashing in Cyprus in November 2019. However, he finished eighth in a £400 Grosvenor 30/30 Series event in Birmingham in September 2021, and enjoyed another finale here in London. It is safe to say Eminoglu is back.
GUKPT Leeds Main Event champion Jack Hardcastle crashed and burned in sixth for £13,690 before two-time GUKPT Luton winner Driton Haxhiaj bowed out in fifth for an £18,890 score.
The player going simply by the initials "J.C." was eliminated in fourth place and reeled in a £27,380 prize, leaving only three players in the hunt for the title and near-£100,000 payday.
The final three became two when Marc Wright saw his tournament end abruptly. Wright, a player with a chequered past, predominately grinds online but occasionally ventures into the live poker world. This was only his second live cash since November 2016, but it was worth the wait because it came with a bankroll-boosting £40,730.
Wright’s untimely demise left Salter and Garry Miller heads-up. Miller was guaranteed the second-largest score regardless of winning or finishing in second place. Miller won £114,000 in March 2018 when he won the 888poker WPT500 London at Aspers casino. Unfortunately for Miller, he had to make do with a bridesmaid finish this time around, although second place did come with £63,540 reasons to be happy.
Salter received the trophy and a cool £97,100 for this latest victory, which sets him up perfectly for the £2,000 GUKPT Grand Final that shuffles up and deals on December 2.