Zervos Wins GUKPT London Midi Main Event For £78K
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Alexios Zervos prepared for the upcoming GUKPT London Main Event in the best way possible by taking down the £500 buy-in GUKPT London Midi Main Event. The tournament attracted 648 entrants who created a £324,000 prize pool. Zervos got his hands on £77,910.
Zervos has a superb record in London-based tournaments. He finished second behind Ben Winsor in the 2015 GUKPT Grand Final for £118,100 in addition to a runner-up finish in the 2019 GUKPT London Main Event, which netted him £80,000. Now he has another victory to keep his wins in the 2015 UKIPT High Roller and £1,100 Monthly 8-Max from 2019 company.
GUKPT London Midi Main Event Final Table Results
The tournament paid out 67 spots at least £1,170. Dozens of instantly recognisable players navigated their way into the money places. They included David Docherty (57th - £1,240), Matthew Davenport (51st - £1,240), Laurence Houghton (37th - £1,370), Team Grosvenor’s Jamie Nixon (15th - £2,550), Ben Winsor (14th - £2,850), Nick Marchington (11th - £3,810), and final table bubble boy Carlo Citrone (10th - £4,130).
A player going only by "D.A." was the final table’s first casualty. Their ninth-place finish came with £4,440.
Then came the elimination of Andrew Bak, who finished in 21st place in this event in 2021. Bak’s eighth-place finish came with a £5,400 payday, the second-largest of his live poker career.
Seventh-place and £6,350 went to Michael Rosaman, who the online fraternity better know as "RipCheader" or similar. Rosaman has almost $1.6 million in online poker winnings and now has more than $130,000 in live event earnings.
Germany’s Maurizio Pais won the tournament’s last four figure score, namely £9,210. Pais, like the eventual champion Zervos, has some impressive records in London, so it worth watching during PokerNews’ updates from the upcoming GUKPT London Main Event. Pais finished 14th in last year’s GUKPT London Main Event and ninth in the season-ending Grand Final.
Coventry’s Joshua Boulton walked away with his largest prize on British soil when his tournament ended abruptly in fifth place. Boulton padded his bankroll with £12,700. Boulton’s largest score came in 2019 when he final table bubbled a $1,100 event in Las Vegas, which came with $27,063.
The tournament grew less shark-infested when Romania’s Florian Duta bowed out in fourth, a finish worth £20,320. Duta has almost $2.6 million thanks, in part, to taking down the 2018 GUKPT Goliath for £101,450.
The exit of Kuljinder Sidhu, a man with nearly $2.8 million in live tournament winnings, drew sighs of relief from the surviving players. Amazingly, the £32,390 Sidhu got his hands on here was only his tenth-largest haul! Sidhu’s biggest prize weighs in at an impressive €640,000, which he collected after losing heads-up to Mustapha Kanit in a €10,300 High Roller at the 2015 EPT Barcelona festival.
Sidhu’s demise left Frenchman Fabrice Bigot heads-up against Zervos. Bigot won the 2021 Unibet DeepStack Open Paris Main Event in July, but had to make do with a second-place finish in this tournament. Second-place came with £54,140, leaving Zervos to reel in £77,910.
2022 GUKPT London Main Event Starts February 3
The 2022 GUKPT London festival is in full swing but it is the £1,250 buy-in Main Event that PokerNews has its eye on, not least because our reporting team is on the ground throughout the tournament.
Day 1A shuffles up and deals at The Poker Room, London, at 12:00 p.m. GMT on February 3. There is also a Day 1B at the same time on February 4, and a turbo-structured Day 1C at 9:00 p.m. GMT on February 4.
Day 2 commences at 12:00 p.m. GMT on February 5, with the final day’s action kicking off at the same time on February 6.
Euan McNicholas is the reigning champion having outlasted 803-opponents in 2021. McNicholas secured a massive £165,800 payout after defeating Tadas Budzeika heads-up.