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Trevor Reardon Wins GUKPT Manchester For a Career-Best £141K

Trevor Reardon

Trevor Reardon is the latest British star to take down a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event. Reardon outlasted 525 opponents in the £1,250 buy-in GUKPT Manchester Main Event and returned home with a career-best prize that weighs in at £141,100.

Birmingham's Reardon came close to winning a GUKPT Main Event in 2019 when he finished third in the Grand Final. That deep run rewarded Reardon with £76,920, which was his largest score at the time. He now has a six-figure haul to brag about plus the all-important winner's trophy.

2022 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Trevor Reardon£141,100
2John Adderley£97,750
3Ali Mallu£59,000
4Ben Jones£37,400
5Mick McLellan£23,850
6Anthony Gardner£17,300
7Gilbert Black£12,150
8Alex Montgomery£10,500
9James Rann£7,950

The top 54 finishers shared the £578,600 prize pool, and several household names littered the payout list. Stuart Rutter (52nd - £2,550), Steve Warburton (45th - £2,700), Ryan Mandara (42nd - £2,700), Matt Davenport (34th - £2,850), Anthony Kennedy (25th - £3,400), GUKPT Coventry champion Joe Hindry (22nd - £3,700), Kevin Allen (17th - £4,550), Michael Kane (16th - £4,550), and GUKPT London winner Tim Chung (12th - £6,800) all cashed but fell short of the nine-handed final table.

James Rann was the first of the finalist to find himself without any chips. Rann committed his last 12 big blinds with pocket sevens and ran into the superior pocket nines of Reardon.

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The final eight became seven when Alex Montgomery's ace-ten could not get there against Reardon's queens. Montgomery finished third in this tournament in 2018; there must be something in the Manchester air that makes Montgomery turn on the style at the poker table. The £10,500 Montgomery collected is second only to that third-place prize money.

A huge hand despatched Gilbert Black in seventh place, a finish worth £12,150. Black four-bet shoved for approximately 30 big blinds with ace-queen, but Ben Jones called with the dominating ace-king. Black did not come from behind, and he made his way to the cashier's desk for a prize that was by far his largest ever.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace defender Anthony Gardner was the next player to fall by the wayside. Gardner improved to two pair on the river but it was an expensive second-best hand because the river gifted Reardon a full house. Gardner banked £17,300, the second-largest live score of his poker career.

The players gained a little more elbow room when Nick McLellan's 20 big blind shove with ace-jack was called by Reardon holding pocket tens. The hot-running Reardon won the coinflip, and McLellan reeled in a £23,850 haul.

Ben Jones' lifetime live poker tournament winnings edge ever closer to $1 million after he scooped £37,400 in Manchester for his fourth place finish. Jones, who has $5.2 million in online poker earnings, lost a huge flip with ace-jack versus Reardon's tens. The rest of his now short stack went in with pocket sixes against Ali Mallu's king-nine, and Mallu got there.

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Mallu was the next casualty; his third place finish came with £59,000. Mallu is known for his crazy style of play, but it is often effective as is evident by this being his eighth GUKPT Main Event final table and his eighth top three finish.

The final hand of the GUKPT Manchester Main Event saw the chip go in on a seven-deuce-deuce flop, Reardon shoved with seven-fives, and John Adderley calling with ace-king of hearts. Both the turn and river bricked, resigning Adderley to a £97,750 consolation prize and crowning Reardon as the champion, an accolade that came with £141,100.

GUKPT heads to Scotland

Edinburgh is the next stop on the 2022 GUKPT schedule. Last year's £750 buy-in Main Event drew in 351 players and it was an anonymous player who claimed the title and the £61,220 top prize after Mr Anon defeated Scotland's Ludovic Geilich heads-up.

Online satellites, as always, are available at Grosvenor Poker, with the Main Event starting on May 12.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT

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