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Benjamin McKevitt Triumphs in the 2022 GUKPT Manchester Mini Main Event

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Benjamin McKevitt warmed up for the 2022 GUKPT Manchester Main Event in emphatic style by taking down the £250 buy-in GUKPT Manchester Mini Main Event for £26,640 following a heads-up deal with Thomas Burton.

The total attendance was down on the 2021 edition of this tournament, although 628 players is still a healthy turnout. Those 628 entrants created a £138,160 prize pool that the top 59 finishers shared.

2022 GUKPT Manchester Mini Main Event Final Table Results

1Benjamin McKevitt£26,640*
2Thomas Burton£24,450*
3Jordan Whitehead£19,500*
4Calogero Morreale£8,800
5David Kingsley£5,550
6Andreas Olympios£4,060
7Carl Pickles£2,840
8Andrew Hills£2,440
9Alex Montgomery£2,030

*reflects a three-handed deal

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Plenty of GUKPT regulars entered the Mini Main Event but only a handful of them navigated their way into the money places. David Gee (57th - £560), Team Grosvenor’s Jamie Nixon (36th - £680), Jay Harwood (30th - £720), GUKPT Luton champion David Docherty (28th - £720), Matthew Davenport (21st - £810), and John Bousfield (12th - £1,560) were just some of the grinders to see a return on their £250 investment.

Each of the nine finalists locked in more than £2,000 for their efforts. Local player and 2018 GUKPT Manchester third-place finisher Alex Montgomery was the first finalists heading for the cashier’s desk; he collected £2,030.

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Team Grosvenor’s Andy Hills finished in eighth place for £2,440 and now only needs three more in-the-money finishes to record his 200th live score.

Carl Pickles continued his impressive run in Manchester events with a seventh-place, worth £2,840, in this tournament. Pickles won a £225 buy-in tournament at this very casino in 2019 for £16,110 and finished third in the Grosvenor 30/30 in 2021 for £23,954. Watch out for Pickles in the £1,100 Main Event.

Sixth-place and £4,060 went to the former WPT500 winner Andreas Olympios before David Kingsley crashed out in fifth place for £5,550, which is the third-largest score of his live poker tournament career.

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Calogero Morreale, fresh from an eighth place finish in the recent GUKPT Coventry Main Event, busted in fourth for £8,800, which meant the remaining three players guaranteed themselves a five-figure payday.

Those surviving trio of players struck a deal that lessened the remaining payouts. This meant Jordan Whitehead, a player whose previous largest live score was for only £230, walked away with £19,500 for his third-place finish.

Benjamin McKevitt and Thomas Burton locked horns heads-up but the latter fell at the final hurdle. Burton turned his £250 into £24,450 leaving McKevitt to pick up the winner’s trophy and £26,640.

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